Kathy Verstegen and Johnny Scott
Training team at Kimberly (Wisconsin) High School
Kathy and Johnny are part of a powerful training team at Kimberly (Wisconsin) High School. They train student leaders to help their classmates cope with difficult life issues, including substance use, depression, and suicidal thoughts. One of the most powerful techniques they train the student leaders to use is showing compassion through the use of empathy. Breaking through the isolation and desperation by being present and available are key factors in getting people the help they need. If you need help with substance use or mental health issues, help is available. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Kenosha County can be reached at 262-652-3606 or [email protected]. To contact the Hope Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse, call 262-658-8166 or email them at [email protected]. Learn more about the agency’s services at hopecouncil.org.