By Donna Thomas

Violence Intervention Project

April is Sexual Assault Month. May was Mental Health Month.

In May, as a Violence Intervention Project board member, I wrote an article highlighting the need for more mental health services.

Is every month a time to be able to recognize the signs of a person’s intentions to commit suicide? The signs can be so insidious that they may not be recognized, but we can keep trying.

In Kewaunee County the Human Services Department does its very best to provide counseling for the chronic and newly diagnosed person suffering from a variety of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, fear and/or abuse. Many lack a family support system.

All agency employees and school teachers are taught the signs and symptoms of recognizing suicidal behavior. Teachers refer students to counselors. Counselors refer to Human Services. Human Services refers to the county psychiatrist when needed. Friends may know a person is suffering, but often the thought of their friend or family member committing suicide is too painful to imagine.

The Violence Intervention Project (VIP) in Kewaunee County reaches out every day in the community to offer their help. All staff members offer persons confidentially as they tell their story. One of the ways to keep this precious organization running is through organized fundraisers that provide entertainment for the whole family.

One such event is the VIP fundraising event Smoke House Jamboree, scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4 at the Barnsite Retreat and Events Center, 109 Duvall St., Kewaunee.There will be games, music, karaoke, a pulled-pork meal, beverages, bake sale, dunk tank, silent auction, and the annual Ball Drop.

This is a day of family fun and a snapshot of time without the troubles and pain carried with you each day.

Keep supporting VIP. We are here for you.