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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1-3
One of the local churches recently hosted a Mental Health Forum during which education, resources, support, hope and encouragement were offered to the community. I couldn’t go, but was given information that was offered. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says that mental illness can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. “Mental illness is a health condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. One in four individuals suffer from some form of mental illness. The earlier people receive care, the better the long-term outcomes. With the right services, supports and tools, people CAN and DO live fulfilling lives and experience recovery!”
Christian Family Solutions (Wisconsin Lutheran child & Family Service) was one of the organizations there with information on their professional Christian counseling services, either in person or via secure online video. Their mission is to heal and help people in need through the ministry of Jesus Christ. They have providers in the Milwaukee area who are licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors who provide treatment for a variety of metal health issues.
Some statistics about Depression and Suicide:
  • Depression can lead to suicide
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death of individuals 15-24 years old
  • Every 2 hours and 7 minutes a person dies under the age of 24 from suicide
  • 11.3 young people, ages 15-25, die every day from suicide
  • For every completed suicide there are 200 attempts
  • The peak age of committing suicide is 16
  • 19% of high school students think about committing suicide
  • Depression is treatable
What you can do if you think someone is seriously depressed or suicidal….
  • ASK the question. Be direct! Talk openly. “Are you thinking about suicide?” Are you thinking about hurting yourself?” Always take it seriously. Do not leave the person alone.
  • Show you CARE. Make a connection. Listen non-judgmentally. Offer hope.
  • TELL someone. Do not try to handle the situation alone. Call for help. Do not keep it a secret. Tell a trusted adult. Talk to Pastor or a counselor. Seek professional help. Call a local crisis hotline.
Ozaukee County Crisis Hotline: 262-377-2673.
Washington County | 262.429.1556
 I too, am always willing to listen, support or refer as needed!
Together in Christ, our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,
Sue Bolha RN, Parish Nurse   677-3485


5|150 Wellness Circle Program

The 5|150 Wellness Circle is a Scripture-based program centered on improving the overall health and wellness of individuals desiring to live a healthier life.  In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul reminds us that whether we eat or drink, we should do it for the glory of God.  

The Wellness Circle is designed to help people adjust their priorities to include better nutrition and exercise habits, one fruit/vegetable serving and 10 minutes of exercise at a time.  After 2-3 months, our goal is that each participant is achieving 5|150 or 5 servings of fruits & vegetables per day and 150 minutes of exercise per week.  The program consists of 10 sessions to help you meet the 5|150 goal as a circle.  

The David’s Star Wellness Circle will begin meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room September 14th from 8:30-9:30am.  For more information, please contact:  

RSVP to Pam Lee RN   262.377.9419 or

What happens at support group meetings?
  1. Each session will explore a topic related to fruit & vegetable intake and exercise;
  2. Participants are asked to set weekly goals (and track progress) based on the topics to help them improve their fruit & vegetable intake and exercise habits;
  3. Barriers and successes are discussed within the group with the purpose of supporting each other and identifying areas to improve.

Know Any Nurses?  Maybe You can help!  

Christian Nurses are richly blessed-blessed to know Jesus as savior and blessed with valuable medical knowledge and skill-sets.  So it's only natural for them to want to network in order to grow their knowledge and skills, to fellowship with like-minded Christian nurses and to team up to help others in need.

That's what brought together a group of WELS nurses in the greater Milwaukee area last spring.  Since then they've been working toward establishing a national association of WELS nurses to facilitate all of the above.  To learn more, please check out their new website: