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‘Rise Together’ event in Onalaska to deal with addiction and mental health

Brad Williams

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It’s okay for young people to talk about drug addiction and mental health. 

And in the La Crosse area, young people are getting chances to talk Wednesday, as part of a program sponsored by the Coulee Council on Addiction. 

The ‘Rise Together’ community event happens at Stoney Creek Inn of Onalaska, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

From the Coulee Council, prevention specialist Rita Von Haden says some hazardous behavior could be avoided if teenagers were encouraged to speak out about problems.

“Our youth don’t really know what to say, they feel like they don’t have the power to bring it up, or to just find someone to talk to,” said Von Haden.

She says young people need to hear that they have a ‘voice’ in helping friends and family.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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