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Making Mental Wellness A Priority

Samaritan is so proud to be a partner in the Hortonville Area School System’s E3 program. We’re even prouder that the program is featured on the front page of today’s Post-Crescent in an excellent article by Katherine Lymn. Kudos to district administrator Heidi Schmidt for her vision and advocacy for mental wellness among students, and […]


Faith Leaders: Get Great Trauma Training in May

In October, 70 faith leaders learned about the Mental Health Ministry Initiative (MHMI) at a luncheon hosted by LEAVEN. This collaborative effort of Samaritan, NAMI Fox Valley and the NEW Mental Health Connection equips faith leaders to minister effectively and spiritually to mental health needs. On Thurs., May 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, MHMI will continue this important work […]


Comfort for the Spirit

For years now, stitchers at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton have created beautiful prayer shawls for our clients. Now we have a new way of matching just the right prayer shawl with just the right client. In the past, a counselor would choose a prayer shawl for a client for whom such a […]




Feed your soul

At our monthly staff meeting, we welcomed two new people to our team: counseling resident Pa Xiong and counseling intern Anthony Klingert. Anthony introduced himself to us by reading a poem and sharing his take on counseling. His perspective fed our souls. We hope it feeds yours, too!   LOVE AFTER LOVE Derek Walcott   The […]


How Amazing Is This?

It’s so good to have good friends! Take the middle school youth group at First Congregational (“First Congo”) United Church of Christ in Appleton. Each November the congregation hosts an alternative holiday market, in which shoppers support local nonprofits by purchasing intangible, symbolic gifts to give their loved ones — maybe a pair of shoes for a homeless person […]


Samaritan and NAMI Fox Valley Address Catholic Leaders

Samaritan therapist Doug Bisbee and NAMI Fox Valley community engagement director Ann Jadin teamed up to present “Creating Hope: The Power of Faith Communities in Mental Health Recovery” during the Green Bay Diocese’s Leadership Convocation on Oct. 29. The workshop, featured in this article from the Nov. 6 edition of The Compass, was one of 14 […]


Is Zero Suicide Possible?

This morning National Public Radio (NPR) aired a story on the Henry Ford Health System’s bold efforts to eliminate suicide among its 200,000 patients. In 2001, the health system embraced a philosophy and approach called “perfect depression care” that dramatically reduced the suicide rate among its patients. Their “zero suicide” approach has since been implemented by other […]


Feeling Anxious? Guided Breathing Exercises Can Help!

Counselor Paul Perales, MSW, CAPSW   Feeling anxious? Stop and consider your breath. Are you taking short, shallow breaths? Changing that can change your state of mind. Samaritan therapist Paul Perales recommends mindfulness exercises that focus on breathing to his clients. And good news — YOU can get these simple audio exercises free from The Free Mindfulness Project. […]