Cultivate Movement

The Cultivate Movement supports individual communities to grow in resilience with a better understanding of mental health. Communities build a foundation that supports a culture where individuals seek answers, get diagnosed and receive the support and services they need.

Each community committed to the Cultivate movement works to accomplish requirements through four phases. Through these phases, communities start with building awareness and understanding to becoming a community equipped with sustainable resources such as consistent training opportunities, policies to support mental health prevention, comprehensive mental health data, reduction of stigma and consistent access to mental health services and resources.

The Cultivate Movement is unique because it encourages municipalities to invest in mental health prevention through a comprehensive, culture shifting, community driven model.

The Cultivate Movement is being piloted in one community in both Washington and Ozaukee County. The intent is to build on the model and implement it in every municipality in Washington and Ozaukee Counties.

2018-2020 Pilot Communities

Port Washington & Saukville
West Bend



The Campaign to Change Direction
Reach out, connect, inspire hope, and offer help.
Know the five signs.
More Information


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Contact: Katie Haupt at [email protected] or Samantha Gonnering at [email protected]

2019 Dates

March 25 & 26

May 15 & 16

August 1 & 2

October 2 & 3

Question. Persuade. Refer (QPR)

2 hour training to teach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Contact: Life of Hope in Washington County at 262-429-1556

Register here: 

2019 Dates

January 23, February 20, March 14, April 17, May 15, June 13, July 17, August 21, September 12, October 16, November 20, December 12 – 6-8pm

Location: Life of Hope Office - 139 N. Main Street, Suite 104, West Bend, WI 53095

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

A community initiative designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people living with mental illnesses.

For more information:

NAMI Washington County Trainings

Peer-to-Peer: 8-session recovery-based course for adults living with mental health challenges

Family-to-Family: Peer led by trained adults who have a family member with mental illness. This group meets two times per month - once in West Bend and once in Richfield at Northbrook Church. This is a structured group model.

Crafting Connections Activity Group: Peer led, this group generally appeals to adults who are newly diagnosed or adults who are new to experiencing challenges due to their mental health illness. No experience necessary. This is a relaxed atmosphere to build a support network and learn how creativity can be a coping mechanism.


R.I.S.E. Connect Support Group: For individuals with mental health illness who are in their 20’s and early 30’s. This group offers support and encouragement for moving forward in daily life while successfully managing your mental health illness.

Teen Connections Support Group: Offered at NAMI Welcome Center and Kewaskum High School and lead by trained facilitators, this group is for teens who live with or suspect a mental health condition. Teens learn about symptoms, resources, treatment, and the importance of developing a support network.

“Let’s Connect” Adult Youth Program: Led by trained facilitators this group is for post high school individuals from ages 18-23 years with mental health concerns. This is an open forum for peer discussions and building critical support networks.

Wellness Self-Management Group: Designed for individuals 18 years and older living with mental health illness

Mindful Creativity Adult Therapy group: This group is for adults with mental health illness. Each month will focus on a different theme depending on the group members’ needs

For more information:

Contact: 262-339-1235


Community Conversations

Community Conversations will be held throughout Ozaukee and Washington Counties from February-April of 2019.

Conversation will focus on youth, veterans, seniors, lived experience, AODA.

Panel discussion followed by community conversation. Moderated by Aurora.