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Mental Health & Wellness Resources

The Public Policy Institute believes that members of our community should be empowered to make informed decisions so that we can prevent small problems from turning into traumatic crises. That’s why have developed a niche in Southeastern Wisconsin as a training resource for community members, human services providers, and coalition members who want to take their skills and awareness to the next level.

Our certified trainers provide unique, interactive, and enlightening learning opportunities on mental health, substance use, trauma, and suicide prevention so that participants can become advocates for themselves and their family members, as well as in the workplace, in schools, and in community settings.

Our commitment to providing expanded mental health and wellness learning opportunities includes providing mental health and wellness resources to community members. We encourage you to download, use, and share the resources listed below. Want to add a resource? Contact us.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

  • A directory of resources for behavioral health, treatment, support groups and more for Milwaukee County residents. Updated July 2022.

  • E-newsletter sent every other Monday by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute featuring news about substance abuse prevention, mental health, and local resources.

  • Coalition devoted to improving mental health, wellness, and substance-free living in Milwaukee County.

  • Information on programs and services for Milwaukee Country residents of all ages who need help with mental health and substance use issues. If you're in crisis, call 414-257-7222.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH) supports Wisconsin's children in achieving their optimal mental health and well-being.

  • The Mental Health Crisis Card tells people who are with a youth, or adult, experiencing a mental health crisis what to do immediately, in the first five minutes, to de-escalate the situation. The card is completed by the person carrying it and includes calming strategies and what works and what hurts in crisis situations. From the Office of Children's Mental Health.

  • With Walgreens’ support, MHA created an easy-to-follow toolkit for all levels of an organization to help support employee mental health and well-being.

  • This fact sheet was developed by the Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing and is intended for staff and clients alike. The fact sheet provides a working understanding of trauma and helpful strategies to manage potential problems resulting from trauma.

  • As people become more comfortable talking about and seeking help for mental health concerns, more and more people find themselves becoming caregivers. MHA has created an online guide to help new mental health caregivers navigate their role. Topics include getting started, challenging stigma, caregiving in the treatment setting, and understanding challenges during recovery.

Youth & Family Mental Health and Wellness Resources

  • Hay 5 fortalezas que hacen que una familia sea fuerte. Si bien cada familia tiene dificultades, también tiene fortalezas a las que pueden recurrir durante los momentos complicados. Comprender cómo desarrollar las fortalezas de su familia en cinco áreas esenciales puede ayudarlo a sentirse más confiado, menos estresado y mejor conectado con sus hijos.

  • The Feelings Thermometer is a visual tool that helps you (kids and adults) measure how you are doing emotionally and what steps you can take to shift your mood when ​things are getting tough. From the Office of Children's Mental Health.

  • Learn the 5 Strengths that keep every family strong. While every family has challenges, they also have strengths that they can draw upon during difficult times. Understanding how to build upon your family’s strengths in five essential areas can help you feel more confident, less stressed and better connected to your children. From the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.

  • The PRISM Program is a mental wellness resource for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin. We're a team of queer and/or trans Certified Peer-Specialists trained to use our lived experiences with mental health and substance use struggles to support others in their recovery journey.

  • Pathfinders provides a continuum of services to ensure that young people have access to all the resources that they need to find stability. There is no wrong door to enter Pathfinders. We place a particular emphasis on serving LGBTQ+-identified youth, chronically homeless youth, youth with disabilities, youth with mental health challenges and youth aging out of foster care.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH) supports Wisconsin's children in achieving their optimal mental health and well-being.

  • As the COVID pandemic continued throughout the year to impact children’s mental health, OCMH continued to identify ways to support children and their parents in coping with the ongoing weight of social isolation and disruptions in school life.

  • From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, tips for parents on how to help young children, older children, and adolescents after a traumatic event.

  • Discover the impact of your drinking in your unborn baby, including risk of miscarriage or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

  • From Resilient Wisconsin, these tips can help families navigate the back-to-school blues.

  • This fact sheet is to inform parents how to effectively talk to their young adult about the risks of underage drinking.

  • This fact sheet for teens provides information about marijuana. It describes short- and long-term effects, lists signs of use, and helps dispel common myths. It can also be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who have regular contact with adolescents.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Recursos en español

  • De “Better Ways to Cope”, aquí hay una entrevista con Ana Paula Soares sobre la salud mental y los residentes hispanos/latinos de Milwaukee.

  • Esta campaña presenta videos educativos, entrevistas con profesionales en las áreas de salud mental y emocional y sesiones de grupo virtuales gratuitas en la comunidad.

  • Lifeline ofrece 24/7, servicios gratuitos en español, y no es necesario hablar inglés si usted necesita ayuda.

  • Hojas informativas en español sobre salud mental de MHA-Wisconsin.

  • El trauma es un evento, una serie de eventos o un conjunto de circunstancias experimentadas por un individuo como físicamente o emocionalmente dañino o potencialmente mortal. También tiene efectos adversos duraderos en el funcionamiento del individuo y el bienestar mental, físico, social, emocional o espiritual. Esta hoja informativa fue desarrollada por el Instituto para el Bienestar Infantil y Familiar (Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing).

  • Los cinco pasos de acción para comunicarse con alguien que podría tener tendencias suicidas están respaldados por evidencia en el campo de prevención de suicidios.

  • Para ayudarlo a obtener más información sobre cómo ayudar a alguien que pueda estar pensando en suicidarse, lea esta hoja informativa de NAMI.

  • De Mental Health America, aquí hay algunos consejos sobre cómo cuidar tus emociones y tu salud mental.

  • Hay 5 fortalezas que hacen que una familia sea fuerte. Si bien cada familia tiene dificultades, también tiene fortalezas a las que pueden recurrir durante los momentos complicados. Comprender cómo desarrollar las fortalezas de su familia en cinco áreas esenciales puede ayudarlo a sentirse más confiado, menos estresado y mejor conectado con sus hijos.

  • Descubra el impacto de su consumo de alcohol en su bebé por nacer, incluido el riesgo de aborto espontáneo o trastornos del espectro alcohólico fetal.

  • En reconocimiento al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, la directora de la Oficina de Salud Mental Infantil, Linda Hall, anuncia hoy la publicación de una nueva hoja informativa, Salud mental hispana y lo que nuestras familias, escuelas, proveedores y comunidades pueden hacer para marcar la diferencia.

  • Usted ha decidido buscar ayuda – y es un gran paso – ahora es importante que entiende las opciones de el tratamiento. Puede terminar tratando varias opciones o una combinación de tratamientos, no solo uno. Eso está bien – se trata de lo que funcione mejor para usted. Esta lista no incluye todas las opciones, hay muchos más tratamientos y proveedores. Asegura decirle a su equipo de tratamiento sobre todas las opciones que esta usando.

  • Los estudios han mostrado que el apoyo social disminuye los efectos de estrés en la depresión, ansiedad y otros problemas de salud. ¿Necesita estar más conectado con otros? Aqui hay algunos consejos para ayudarle crear un plan para hacer, mantener y fortalecer las conexiones en su vida.

  • Compartiendo Esperanza es una serie de videos de tres partes en inglés y español que explora el viaje del bienestar mental en las comunidades hispanas/latinx a través del diálogo, la narración de historias y una discusión guiada sobre los siguientes temas: 1.) Juventud y Bienestar Mental: “Sanando Juntos”/“Healing Together”; 2.) Líderes Comunitarios y Bienestar Mental: “Las Raíces de Nuestra Sanación”/“The Roots of Our Healing”; 3.) Familias Latinx y Bienestar Mental: “La Mesa”/“The Table.”

  • Equipa a los lectores con información acerca del alcohol y la depresión en un formato de fotonovela culturalmente competente. Reduce el estigma relacionado con los trastornos concurrentes y enfatiza la importancia de buscar ayuda tanto para el trastorno mental como para el abuso de sustancias.

  • Hable. Ellos escuchan es la campaña nacional patrocinada por SAMHSA para la prevención del consumo de alcohol entre menores de edad ayuda a los padres y a los cuidadores para que puedan empezar la conversación con sus hijos acerca de los peligros del alcohol.

  • Esta hoja informativa para adolescentes proporciona información sobre la marihuana. Describe los efectos a corto y largo plazo, enumera los signos de uso y ayuda a disipar los mitos comunes. También puede ser utilizado por profesionales de la prevención, educadores, proveedores de atención médica y otras personas que tienen contacto regular con adolescentes.

  • Esta hoja informativa en español es para informar a los padres cómo hablar de manera efectiva con sus jóvenes adultos sobre los riesgos del consumo de alcohol entre menores de edad.

Escucha Tus Emociones | Listen to Your Emotions

4 Pasos Practicos Para Calmar Nuestras Emociones | 4 Practical Steps to Ease Our Emotions

Descargue el folleto aquí. | Download the brochure here. Link.


Como Controlar Pensamiento Negativos | How to Control Negative Thoughts

Descargue el folleto aquí. | Download the brochure here. Link.


Cómo Mejorar la Relación con Nuestros Hijos | How to Improve Your Relationship with Your Children

Descargue el folleto aquí. | Download the brochure here: Link


Cuida Tus Relaciones | Take Care of Your Relationships

Descargue el folleto aquí. | Download the brochure here: Link

LGBTQ+ Mental Health & Wellness Resources

  • MPS's Alliance School is a year-round school and a safe place for students regardless of sexuality, identity, appearance, ability, or beliefs. Students considering Alliance should be open to working with students of all backgrounds and abilities. Academic excellence and the pursuit of higher education are expectations for all students. Flexible block scheduling provides class choices toward graduation requirements while accounting for students' interests and goals. The school also offers AP coursework through telepresence.

  • In 2019, Courage MKE opened Wisconsin’s first home for displaced LGBTQ+ youth. Courage MKE believes that in order for youth to work on themselves, they must be able to be themselves. The Courage House is a licensed group home on Milwaukee’s south side. Staff and volunteers are committed to creating an environment in which each resident feels like they are a part of the entire Courage MKE Family. At the Courage House, we assist residents with counseling, healthcare, life skills, family reunification, and provide them the same experiences every child deserves in a family setting

  • At Diverse & Resilient, we see a future in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in Wisconsin thrive, living healthy, satisfying lives in safe, supportive communities.

  • FORGE aims to build strength and resilience in our transgender communities. FORGE strives to create a world where ALL voices, people and bodies are valued, respected, honored, and celebrated; where every individual feels safe, supported, respected, and empowered.

  • The PRISM Program is a mental wellness resource for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin. We're a team of queer and/or trans Certified Peer-Specialists trained to use our lived experiences with mental health and substance use struggles to support others in their recovery journey.

  • The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center delivers educational, health promotion, and community-building services that meet the needs of LGBT youth, adults, and their allies in the Greater Milwaukee area from its primary facility and other sites. The Center programs are developed with a consideration of community need, diversity, and inclusivity, community development, availability of resources, and the Center’s mission and vision.

  • Pathfinders provides a continuum of services to ensure that young people have access to all the resources that they need to find stability. There is no wrong door to enter Pathfinders. We place a particular emphasis on serving LGBTQ+-identified youth, chronically homeless youth, youth with disabilities, youth with mental health challenges and youth aging out of foster care.

  • The UWM LGBTQ+RC strives to create a welcoming campus community by providing social-justice-based education, resources, programming, and support for students across the spectrums of gender and sexuality, with an emphasis on intersectional experiences.

  • The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community includes people from diverse backgrounds. Community members vary by race, ethnicity, age, income, and education. For some, sexual orientation or gender identity is central to their self-concept, while for others, this is not the case.

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