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Whether you’d like to create an activity or join one, the LiveWell Northern WI’s #BetterTogether activity calendar is your chance. #BetterTogether activities are mini activities that allow people to spend time together in a way that inspires joy and wellness and builds connection. The goal is to have an activity scheduled most days of the week in every part of Douglas County. From painting and yoga to birdwatching or a fire by the shore, #BetterTogether is just one way a new collaborative mental health team is addressing the county’s mental health

This work started in January 2022, when the Miller-Dwan Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Superior came together to identify innovative ways to address the current mental health crisis experienced not only by our residents but by many of the professionals who are charged directly or indirectly with the physical and mental well-being of others (teachers, therapists, etc.). Also participating are the Douglas County schools, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and NAMI.

Other activities, to name a few, include suicide prevention trainings called Gatekeeper Trainings, intentionally created conversation areas, mental health urgent care, school/student strategies and provider retention efforts. As one provider said, “We need to treat our region’s mental health crisis as if it’s a tumor. We need to do everything we can to try to heal. We need to give it all we’ve got.”

LiveWell Northern WI is just a start. Conversations continue to determine how best to address mental health in Douglas County on a larger, game changing level. Watch for more information.

In the meantime, check out our calendar to host an activity, attend activities, and meet new people! #BetterTogether

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Together we will realize our shared vision of a community free from mental health crisis.