A Nationally Accredited Health Department Since 2017

Mental and Behavioral Health

A Health Priority

Mental and behavioral health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Many factors contribute to our mental health, including trauma, our physical and biological health, drug/alcohol use, and feelings of loneliness or isolation. 

Access to services, prevention, and intervention are key to maintaining or improving mental and behavioral health.  Our community can improve mental health by improving access to mental health services, promoting prevention and support services, and removing stigma associated with mental health conditions and substance use disorder.

Together We Can...

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Decrease The Suicide Rate

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Decrease Opioid Overdose Deaths

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Improve Mental Health Services

WCHD Is...


SUD is a chronic disease

Explaining That Substance Use Disorder
Is A Chronic Disease

Improving Access

Hosting A Harm Reduction Program To Build A Path To Recovery


Providing Free Naloxone and
Free Naloxone Training

Progress Made...


  • Free naloxone and naloxone training is readily available throughout the community
  • A Opioid Response Team that works to address the opioid crisis through the plan outlined by IDPH meets monthly 
  • Xylezyne and Fentynal test strips are available for free through WCHD’s harm reduction program
  • A Community Mental Health Board has been established and is working to address gaps in mental health access in the community