Black Tie & Blue Jean Extravaganza
Please join us for the Black Tie & Blue Jean Extravaganza, a one-of-a-kind event where guests are invited to mix and match formal and casual wear. Our 16th annual event will be held Friday, September 15, 2023 from 5-10 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Seat reservations to this public event are $150 per person; table sponsorships for $2,000 are available, as well as, a variety of major sponsorship opportunities with amazing benefits.
The Year of Mental Health
In his State of the State Address, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared 2023 as “The Year of Mental Health.”
As we emerge from the worldwide pandemic, mental health conditions were massively exacerbated. Global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by more than 25% during the pandemic.
52.2% self-reported significant problems with anxiety (Youth Risk Behaviors Survey (YRBS) administered to Wisconsin public school students)
33.7% reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for more than two weeks in a row (YRBS)
18.1% percent of all students surveyed seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months (YRBS)
Regular exercise has been found to decrease symptoms of depression by up to 30% (American Psychological Association)
Studies have shown that individuals who engage in physical activity for just 15 minutes a day have a significantly lower risk of developing depression by up to 10-20% (Cooney et al)
There is an undeniable need to embrace and support those struggling with mental health conditions and ailments in our Wisconsin communities. Bellin Health, through Bellin Psychiatric Center, is poised to provide that comfort and service.
Bellin Psychiatric Center/Physical Activity and Mental Health
Bellin Psychiatric Center (BPC) provides an invaluable service to our community, as they are one of only a few facilities in the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that provides inpatient services for children ages five and up through adults of all ages. The specialized staff works to present a warm and compassionate environment for patients. They strive to provide quality, patient-centered care to individuals that have been victims of abuse, neglect, bullying, poverty, addictions, depression, psychosis, and other mental health challenges. In 2023, BPC served nearly 1,900 inpatient and more than 20,000 outpatient individuals.
While the services provided by Bellin Psychiatric Center are vast, there is an urgent need to renovate and upgrade the gymnasium and outdoor courtyard on the BPC campus. Currently, the gym is unusable, and does not provide the environment necessary for improved patient health outcomes and healing. Physical activity and time outdoors has many positive effects on mental health. In fact, as a national imperative, the presidential executive order that reestablished the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition explicitly seeks to expand national awareness of the importance of mental health as it pertains to physical fitness and nutrition. Upon completion of this effort, the gymnasium and outdoor courtyard will be able to serve each and every one of our patients throughout the year.
Join Us in Improving Mental Health in Wisconsin
Let’s close out the ‘Year of Mental Health’ strongly, together . We have an opportunity to enhance the environment and the activities Bellin Psychiatric Center provides their patients by renovating the gym area and outdoor courtyard to improve their patients’ mental health outcomes. With your support and participation in the Black Tie & Blue Jean Extravaganza, you can make a positive difference in youth, adolescent, and adult mental health!
For more information on how you can support this event through donations, sponsorships or by making a reservation to attend, please call (920) 433-3731, e-mail TheBellinHealthFoundation@bellin.org