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Date: 5/14/2013 4:55:00 PM

Mental Health News, Spring 2013 Edition

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Learn more about this year's theme, Pathways to Wellness, here >>


MHA News & Updates

Eat Learn Give: May 1st Fundraiser is a Success!

Over 200 people attended and learned more about the challenges of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Our featured panelists were: Mary Neubauer, Bob Curry and Steven Southwick, MD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a traumatic or dangerous event. When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. But in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.

Going through trauma is not rare. About 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one trauma in their lives. Going through a trauma doesn't mean you'll get PTSD, though. Although over half of us go through some type of trauma, a much smaller percent develop PTSD.

Here are some facts (based on the U.S.):

  • About 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • About 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.
  • Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD. About 10% of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with 5% of men.

Where to get help! You are not alone:

  • Mental Health America of Wisconsin - or (414) 276-3122
  • Dryhootch- or (414) 763-2785
  • National Center for PTSD - (802) 296-6300
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. - (240) 223-1180

Support Blogs:


  • Milwaukee County Mental Health Crisis Line - (414) 257-7222
  • National Suicide Hotlines USA - Toll-Free 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
    • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
    • (For Veterans, Press 1)
  • Warmline, Inc. - (414) 777-4729 - Wed. - Mon. 7-11pm

SFHH New Programming Classes

09.jpgStrong Families Healthy Homes Program (SFHH) is currently working with Aurora Family Services to launch another class at their location beginning on April 22nd for 10 weeks. We have also been developing plans with Owen's Place to begin classes there for teen mothers; already we have been able to channel a potential referral between the two classes in order to insure the best fit for the parent’s needs.

In addition to the classes mentioned above, we also co-facilitate the Nurturing Parenting class in partnership with Easter Seals on Wednesday evenings. This is held at Veterans Manor. This is a unique class as it serves the family of veterans and in one instance a Veteran himself. We are fortunate to also have very passionate volunteers that assist with the class.

Welcome New MHA Staff

MHA is pleased to announce that Anne Fojut started full time with MHA on April 1st. She is a Family Advocate in the Strong Families Healthy Homes program. Anne started out as an intern with SFHH and excelled in that role. She has a Master’s of Science in Community Counseling from Mount Mary College.

MHA awarded the Lifecourse Initiatives for Health Families grant

Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) has been awarded a 2013 Development grant from the Community-Academic Partnership Fund for the Life course Initiative for Healthy Families. Funding for this project was provided by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. MHA and its academic partner, the Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be able pilot a project that will assist pregnant mothers who live with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.

This extension of the existing Strong Families Healthy Homes program will allow MHA to now provide intensive interventions and new additional support during pregnancy. This will assist prenatal women in understanding how to meet their expected child's needs. In combining in-home visiting programs and parent education programs, while also assisting families with their overall health care, we will hope to improve birth outcomes and parental readiness for an infant.

Please contact Karissa at (414) 336-7964 or if you know someone who may be interested in joining this program.

Wisconsin Warrior Summit a Success!

MHA was a sponsor of the daylong event held on March 21, 2013. Over 200 people attended and learned more about the challenges veterans face when they return home from war from an amazing veteran’s panel. Featured panelists were: Bob Curry and Anthony Anderson from Dryhootch and Kimberly Mitchel and Col. David Sutherland from the Dixon Center. Funding for this conference was made possible in part by cooperative agreement SM060386 from SAMHSA.

warrior-summit-logos_03.gifHere is some of the feedback from those who attended the Summit:

“The keynote speaker was amazing! Wonderful choice!! Also, the setup of vendors and overall organization made for a successful experience.”

“The keynote was AWESOME!! The sessions I attended, I learned things that I needed for my job as well as in my personal life. Thank you for putting on a GREAT event!”

“Overall organization of the event, a great variety of options for breakout sessions, food was great!”

Another Summit will be held in Madison in the fall.

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Volunteers needed!

MHA is looking for administrative volunteers that are able to help around the office between 9-5 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Adrienne O’Neil at (414) 336-7970 or if you are interested. Office training will be provided.

Upcoming Trainings & Events

NAMIWALKS (May 18, 2013)

NAMI Greater Milwaukee will host their NAMI Walk May 18, 2013 at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee, WI. Check-in is at 9:30 a.m. with a start time of 11 a.m. For more information call 414-344-0447 or visit

Army One Source (free online training)

Army One Source (bring them the rest of the way home) is a campaign that seeks to improve care giver communication with Service members, Veterans and their Families by providing behavioral health professionals easy access to nationally accredited free online CEU courses in military culture, the impact of combat stress and deployment on children and families and PTSD. Learn more about the training here >>