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A Message From Richland County
Kickapoo Area Schools
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Urgent News Release #8
Richland County Emergency Management
Darin Gudgeon, Director Rose Kohout, Health Officer
(608) 647-8187 (608) 649-5965
darin.gudgeon@co.richland.wi.us rose.kohout@co.richland.wi.us
For immediate release: March 24, 2020

RICHLAND COUNTY ADDRESSES CITIZENS MENTAL HEALTH
Richland Center, WI: If all the talk about COVID-19 is making you feel frightened or
overwhelmed, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)
Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 365 day-a-year crisis counseling and
support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused
disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to
all residents of the Unites States and its territories.

Richland County Health & Human Services continues to offer mental health phone crisis
services through Northwest Connections. Feel free to contact this confidential, local 24/7
mental health service at 1-888-552-6642 24.

Richland County is working on the creation of a “Frequently Asked Questions” section
on their COVID-19 website at https://covid.co.richland.wi.u... to address citizens’
concerns. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, follow Richland County
Health & Human Services on Facebook or consult the following websites:

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 Richland County:
https://covid.co.richland.wi.u...
 Wisconsin Department of Health Services:
www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-n...