Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin attended the “Connect to Courage” resource event that was held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. The focus of this year’s resource event was on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The event included over 40 resources for Veterans, EMS, Firefighters, Police Officers, and their families along with speakers and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training.
One of the speakers, Mike and Julie Hert, spoke on their experience of Mike being a five-time deployed service member, his family he had to leave and how they were able to make the transition of Mike’s return home to reunite as a family each time; to now their lives after his service in the military. When asked about why they wanted to be involved in the event this year, they said, “We know there are many families that struggle with the constant transitions of military life and we want to provide education to others on how to walk through it.”
An attendee said, “The Hert’s opened my eyes to better understand all of the suffering that service members and their families go through.”
Through the presentation of QPR, attendees felt they were better equipped to help an individual who is facing suicidal ideation. Several participants commented about the growing number of resources that were present and how important the training is to have available to everyone. The resources were a highlight of the day as people were able to be connected to the needed services.
Heartland Hospice was a major contributor to the event providing volunteers, a gift basket, financial backing and three team members for the committee.