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Date: 10/31/2018 10:22:58 AM

MHA News - Fall Edition 2018

In this issue

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, November 17

Survivors Helping Survivors Support Group Donation

A Word from the President - The State of Mental Health in America

Welcome to Loreal Walker, Strong Families Healthy Homes Family Advocate

Shel Gross, Director of Public Policy, Retiring

Holiday Depression & Stress

Giving Tuesday

MHA Receives Bader Philantropies Grant

Milwaukee Veterans Week

Open Enrollment Begins Nov.1


Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2018

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.

Find a Survivor Day event near you >>

Milwaukee/Glendale Survivor Day Event: November 17, 2018, at Lincoln Blatz Pavilion 12-4pm. For more information about this event, please contact Leah at or 414-336-7970.


Survivors Helping Survivors Support Group Supply Drive Gifts

shs-supplies.jpgThank you to the Talent Acquisition Department at Aurora Health Care for donating supplies for MHA’s Suicide Loss Survivor Support Groups. The holidays are a particularly difficult time for anyone who has lost someone to suicide; we thank this group for their generous donations to support people in our community. These gifts will be used to create comfort kits for support group attendees.

For more information about SHS groups (interest in becoming a facilitator, attending a group, etc.), please contact Leah at or 414-336-7970.

A Word from the President

Dear Friends,

2019-mh-in-america-final.jpgFor the fifth year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. This year, Minnesota came out on top overall with Nevada coming in 51st. The report also dives into addressing trauma in youth, and its long-term impact on performance and behavior in school.

While much of the state of our mental health care continues to be broken, there are glimmers of hope. Since the release of its first report, MHA is seeing small yet encouraging decreases in the number of American adults who have mental health concerns (from 18.19% to 18.07%) and substance use problems (from 8.76% to 7.93%). Yet overall, the picture is still quite bleak.

The report shows there have been alarming increases in adult suicidal thoughts and major depression in youth, despite mental health being talked about more and more and being at the forefront of many national conversations. Sadly, people are still suffering and they are not receiving the treatment they need, when they need it to live healthy and productive lives.

MHA-WI is committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness through prevention with mental health screenings and resources that help with early identification and intervention and access to treatment in our mental health outpatient clinic for those who need it, with recovery as the goal.

Warm regards,


Martina Gollin Graves, President and CEO
Mental Health America of WI

Welcome to Loreal Walker, Strong Families Healthy Homes Family Advocate

Please join us in welcoming Loreal Walker to MHA. Loreal will be a Family Advocate with the Strong Families Healthy Homes program. Loreal received her BA from Alverno College in Psychology. Prior to coming to MHA, she worked as a Prenatal Care/Child Care Coordinator with Encompass Soutions. Welcome, Loreal!

Shel Gross, MHA's Director of Public Policy, Retiring

shelcrop-copy.jpgShel Gross, MHA's Director of Public Policy, will be retiring at the end of 2018. Shel has been with MHA since 2000. If you would like to attend Shel's Retirement Celebration at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison on November 28 and have not yet RSVPd please use the following link: Please RSVP by Nov. 16.

Because Shel has worked with so many people across the state over the years, we have received inquiries asking where people can send their congratulations and best wishes or a gift. In lieu of gifts, Shel has requested that donations be made to MHA in his honor to continue public policy work throughout the state.

To donate in Shel's honor, click here.

Holiday Depression & Stress

The holiday season is quickly approaching. The holidays are supposed to be a time full of joy, good cheer and optimistic hopes for a new year, many people struggle during the holiday season when expectations are high and disrupted routines can feel overwhelming. However, some mental preparations and planning can help everyone cope with the season -- and even enjoy it. Learn more >>

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is also quickly approaching and is another way to contribute to MHA. MHA is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Check our Facebook page for updates.



MHA Receives Bader Philanthropies Grant

mha-logo-wellness-center.pngMHA is proud to receive a 2-year grant in the amount of $7,000 from Bader Philanthropies - the funds are supported by the Helen Daniels Bader Fund. MHA-Wellness Mental Health Outpatient Clinic will use the funds to increase access to mental health services for uninsured individuals in our community.  For more information about our outpatient services, click here.   

Milwaukee Veterans Week - November 5-8

milw-vets-week.jpgThe 3rd Annual Milwaukee Veterans Week is a week-long marketing and events program highlighting the contributions veterans make to their local community. Promotional efforts also highlight local veteran-friendly businesses observing Veterans Day by offering giveaways, discounts or other promotions to veterans and military families. Finally, Milwaukee Veterans Week highlights events hosted by community organizations celebrating veterans. From its creation as a marketing platform to promote local veteran-owned businesses, Milwaukee Veterans Week has evolved to become the community's go-to resource for ways to recognize and celebrate Veterans Day in Southeastern Wisconsin!  Learn more >>

The Health Insurance Marketplace’s Open Enrollment Period Begins Nov. 1

Let's get ready! Learn more about health insurance and your options at Find information about using insurance, BadgerCare Plus, the Health Insurance Marketplace and making sound financial choices. Find local help near you.