Mayo Clinic Health System donates funds to help TSA Mental Health Initiative
LA CROSSE – Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering once again with The Salvation Army to raise awareness and funding for crucial mental health programming in the La Crosse area.
On Saturday, December 19th, Mayo Clinic Health System will match up to $15,000 raised at all kettle sites throughout La Crosse County. Dollars raised, including Mayo’s contribution, will go toward funding The Salvation Army of La Crosse County’s psychiatric and mental health services. This year to help raise more dollars, Mayo will host a Virtual Red Kettle which begins on Friday, December 18th and will run through Tuesday, December 21st. The site can be found at Virtual Red Kettle.
For years, The Salvation Army has paid for a contracted psychiatrist to meet and work with emergency shelter residents during limited appointment times. These appointments, lasting an hour in time, are set out to offer diagnosis to patients, possible prescription recommendations, and referrals to long term care facilities such as local hospitals.
“This is a needed service for the population we serve,” said Major Jeff Richardson of The Salvation Army. “Mental and physical health services are big initiatives for The Salvation Army in La Crosse moving forward. We cannot expect those we serve to get better if we are not helping them through struggles in their bodies and minds.”
Mayo Clinic Health System is a large employer with a 135-year history in Southwestern Wisconsin. They are committed to maintaining the region as a great place to live, work, learn and raise families.
“Winter can be a difficult time for some people. Long, dark days coupled with cold weather and social isolation can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression," says Dr. Lisa Howell, Clinical Health Psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System. "Taking care of yourself is especially important as people prepare to "hunker down" this winter to help prevent the spread of COVID-19”.
The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser throughout the year and accounts for approximately one-third of the annual budget. Campaign contributions help fund various day-to-day services provided by The Salvation Army including the Emergency Shelter and Meal Program. Red Kettle Campaign dollars are raised through bell ringing, non-bell ringing donations, and mail appeal. For more information on The Salvation Army and its Red Kettle Campaign, visit www.SAlacrosse.org.