Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First […]

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Back-to-school with a budget

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Households with school-age children will spend an average of almost $700 on back-to-school shopping this fall, according to the National Retail Federation. Clothing, electronics and school supplies are the top three expenses listed by families in the group’s annual July […]

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Slowing down to the present

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. How often are we reading, and listening, and talking, and eating, and thinking? Having the ability, or perceived ability, to do several things simultaneously is how many of us attempt to keep up with high demands at work, home and […]

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Handling credit as a couple

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten Tracking your own finances is a chore often left off the fun list. Taking on another person’s financial history and habits can be out-and-out daunting. All that being said, knowing your spouse or partner’s credit history is as important as knowing your own. […]

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn: Risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns Strategies to help someone in both […]

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Know the signs to protect children from sexual abuse

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse and neglect is a topic of conversation no one typically wants to talk about, think about, or consider the impact it has in their own neighborhood and community. This month, in Kenosha County, the […]

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The comfort of an emergency savings fund

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten This is the season of tax returns for many people receiving payments from their 2018 filings. Getting what feels like bonus money may give you the urge to buy a TV, steak dinner, new clothes or a fun trip. Other people may annually […]

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Building a capacity to thrive after adversity

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten Resilience: The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress. An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. At a recent workshop of an overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences, […]

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Three dates to stay on top of your credit report

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten The first time I attempted to take out an auto loan, I was denied. As I sat there, slightly embarrassed I thought, ‘How is that possible?’ I always paid my bills on time, I had a full-time job, and was trying to purchase […]

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