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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 March 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.

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.

  • 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.

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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Want to rent our Training Center for your next group meeting? Contact Kari Southern at 414-270-2950 or ksouthern@communityadvocates.net.