We All Have Mental Health

Learn about how to care for yourself and others with the Y

Mental Health is how we think, feel and act.​

At the Y, we focus on healthy living in mind, body and spirit, which includes mental health. So what is mental health?

Mental health is how we THINK, FEEL and ACT.

In other words, how we are! What can the Y do to help your mental health?

  • Every time you work out, your body releases chemicals that help increase happiness and reduce stress.
  • Every time you get to know someone at the Y, you are boosting your sense of connection.
  • Giving back to the community increases a sense of purpose.
  • And so much more!


Green Light, Yellow Light and Red Light skill sheets to help you build resilience.


Great Rivers 211:

  • Free, confidential information and crisis line can link you to the right community resources.
  • Simply dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-362-8255 for help 24/7

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Provides 24/7 support through La Crosse County Human Services

La Crosse County Human Services:


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • For issues with mental, drugs, or alcohol
  • Find health care or support
  • How to cope
  • Learn about treatment

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you.

The Mental Health Coalition:

The Mental Health Coalition’s Resource Library is made available by our alliance of the leading mental health organizations.


Search and connect to support. Financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help starts here.

In the news:

Wisconsin mental health organization launches virtual support groups to reach rural residents

An article by WXPR:

Caring for Our Mental Health and Our Communities

A note from Y USA CEO Suzanne Mccormick:

Governor Evers Declares 2023 The Year of Mental Health in Wisconsin

From American Behavioral Clinics


Mental Health Director at the Y

Meet Anna Stindt, Mental Health Director for the La Crosse Area Family Y

Anna has her Master’s in Social Work and brings over 15 years of experience working in a variety of community mental health focused work. Community is what brought her to the Y as a La Crosse Native wanting to continue to strengthen the community she grew up in and now lives with her family. Anna has two children with her husband, Chris. Her family is active in many outdoor activities such as biking, skiing, hiking and exploring the many beautiful areas of the Coulee Region. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, Anna enjoys baking, doing puzzles, and playing games with her children.

When you are the Y, be sure to say “Hi to Anna”

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Dinner Table Resilience

A video series and skills sheets (handouts) on building resilience. Bite-sized 3-4 minute long videos.

Steady Heads Open Hearts

Welcome to “Steady Heads Open Hearts” – a YouTube channel of Mental Health and Mindfulness resources for you.

Mindful Minutes

A collection of weekly 1-2 minute videos to help you practice your mindfulness throughout your day.

Mindfulness Series

Each video is between 5-10 minutes long and offers instruction on mindfulness and a practice anchored in the 5 senses.

know the five signs

We all experience stress. Sometimes we are able to cope with our stress pretty well, and sometimes we could all use a little help.

There is an abundance of resources, tools and support that can help ease our stress and struggles. Learn about the five signs of suffering so you can help someone you know – or even yourself – to get help.

Ask for Help When You Need It

ASK FOR HELP when you need it, which is when you are doing something or have a circumstance that exceeds your knowledge or your emotional bandwidth, or if you are in crisis.

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We are here for your mood, body and spirit.