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Our view: Mental health donation, heroes deserve praise

4:49 PM, Mar. 15, 2013  |  Comments
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We're naturally proud of a recent donation of mental health information to Marshfield Public Library.

More than 350 new materials were purchased and donated using about $5,500 from Mike's Run, an event organized by Marshfield Clinic and the family of Mike Hackman, a Marshfield man who committed suicide in 2010 after a long battle with mental illness.

The new materials include fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs and audiobooks for adults, teens and children on bullying, coping with health issues, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, family changes, mental illness and suicide.

The beauty of this donation is it allows people to explore and learn more in a neutral location. People are not judged for the books and materials they check out from the library.

"We wanted to have something that was accessible to the community, that was free and that was somewhat anonymous in nature," said Marshfield Clinic pediatric psychologist Stephanie Kohlbeck, who worked to bring the donation to the library. "People can go to the library and thumb through or check out books and have accurate information about mental health issues."

This donation is a welcome addition. Thanks to all involved who helped make it possible.

Mike's Run will host a community program, "Invisible Signs of Suicide," April 18 at Marshfield Clinic.

Here's to the 2013 Real Heroes from Clark, Taylor and Wood counties who were honored this week for their acts of courage and kindness by the American Red Cross and title sponsor Marshfield Clinic.

John Losiezski, Josh Calaway and Jim Knutson of Pittsville were recognized as Good Samaritan Heroes for rescuing a 3-year-old child trapped in a burning vehicle June 9, 2012.

Dr. Ron Martin, Marshfield Clinic, was recognized as the Health Care Hero for helping wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving every injured person he cared for.

BMO Harris Bank, Marshfield, received the Corporate Hero award for philanthropy, employee volunteerism and outreach, specifically through Rotary Winter Wonderland and Mike's Run.

Three blood donors were recognized as Red Cross Heroes: Casper Altmann, Stratford, 25 gallons; Robert Radtke, Marshfield, 25 gallons; John Thiesenhusen, Nekoosa, 27 gallons.

Audrey Horvath of Marshfield received the Youth Hero award. She organized a campaign to gather school supplies for Bosnian students.

We are naturally proud of these honorees who all are winners in our eyes.

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