RHINELANDER - With more than 250,000 people in Wisconsin diagnosed with a serious mental illness, healthcare professionals are pushing for awareness.
1 in 4 families live with someone who has a disorder and the National Alliance on Mental Health or NAMI is encouraging those families to seek help.
The President of the local NAMI chapter, Mick Fiocchi, says medicine has come a long way for treatment, now we just need to change public opinion,
"Even though mental health conditions are much more treatable today than they've ever been, we still have a very strong stigma. People with mental illness and their families tend to hide."
These treatable disorders are best caught in early adulthood and handled before they effect a person's life, "It can have tragic consequences. It does not have to. The sooner that a person gets into treatment and the sooner a family comes to terms with the fact that this is a disorder this person is going to be dealing with for the rest of their lives, the better that person is going to be."
People living with mental illness are all around us and their success stories are found from the treatment they seek.
The NAMI chapter in the Northwoods meets monthly and you can learn more about what they do by clicking the link below.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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