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Date: 7/18/2019 12:16:28 PM

MHA News - Summer 2019

In this issue

Minority Mental Health Month

Milwaukee County Children's Mental Health Coalition

Support Group for Gay/MSM Living with HIV 

New Zero Suicide Cohort

Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention

Fond du Lac Warrior Summit

Veteran Peer Run Respite


July is Minority Mental Health Month

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).

While the term ‘minority’ is traditionally associated with racial, ethnic, or cultural minorities within the US, Mental Health America (MHA) is focused on expanding this term to include individuals from a wide-range of marginalized and underserved communities, including those who may identify as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, refugee and immigrant groups, religious groups, and others who are often overlooked. By making this term more inclusive, we are broadening our way of thinking and underscoring the need to address mental health issues with a unique lens while integrating the varied needs of diverse communities.

Learn more about this year's campaign, #DepthOfMyIdentity, and download the toolkit here.


Milwaukee County Children's Mental Health Coalition Update

ccmh-circle.jpgThe voice for children’s mental health is growing in Milwaukee. After a year together, 10 family leaders are taking the next step in nurturing their skills at organizing champions for the social and emotional wellbeing of our youngest kids. These family leaders are parents, grandparents, or other caregivers of children with lived experience with mental health challenges. They joined the Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health with a shared conviction that the wellbeing of our youngest kids is a marker for the health of our community and that the earlier families are supported, the sooner that kids’ development can be in balance. The Coalition and our partner on this project, the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health, know that what’s best for children in Milwaukee comes when families lead the way. This summer, these 10 family leaders are completing 6 half-day sessions for a train-the-trainer workshop with Ubuntu Research and Evaluation, a learning organization run by Black women who use liberation and beloved community frameworks to evaluate, facilitate, and strategize with individuals, organizations, and communities. Together, they are building their toolbox of facilitation tools that these 10 family leaders together and individually will use to nurture the power of the parent voice in Milwaukee. The first session kicked off on July 8th and will be completed by October of this year.

For more information about this initiative or the Coalition itself, email Blake Tierney at You can also sign up to receive biweekly resource, news, and event emails here.

Support Group for Gay/MSM Living with HIV

Are you HIV+ and looking for advice and support? This support group is an open, ongoing group for men who are living with HIV. The group has a long history in Milwaukee and is peer led by quality peer facilitators who have a wealth of information and know what it's like to live with HIV. The vibe is inspirational and informative. No pressure, non-awkward, and there are not judgements. Meet others coping with issues of: depression and anxiety, stigma, understanding test results, medication and adherence, dating and relationships, isolation, sex and intimacy, disclosing your status to others, work and State Benefits.

Join us for in-person, casual, optimistic, and non-threatening meetings where we can safely and discreetly discuss challenges and accomplishments of living with HIV. For additional information, please contact Mike Stenz at or 414-336-7975.

zs-collage.jpgNew Zero Suicide Cohort

Congratulations to our newest Zero Suicide trained cohort for 2019-2020! Check out the Facebook photo album from the Eau Claire training here. The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. For systems dedicated to improving patient safety, Zero Suicide presents an aspirational challenge and practical framework for system-wide transformation toward safer suicide care. Learn more about Zero Suicide in Wisconsin here.

Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention

For those interested in learning about updates from or giving testimony to the Wisconsin Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention, visit their website. You are also welcome to contact the task force directly.

Upcoming Hearings: July 29th in Marshfield, August 12th in Eau Claire, September in Milwaukee

Specific dates and speaker details will be posted to the task force website as they are announced. The group plans to complete a report with policy recommendations by this fall 2019. To view previous meeting recordings and materials, select the public hearings tab and click a date and location.

2019 Fond du Lac Warrior Summit - October 18, 2019

ws-fdl.pngThe 2019 Fond du Lac Warrior Summit, a full-day event focused on improving the emotional and spiritual well-being of veterans, current service members, and their families. This event will inform clinical professionals, social service organizations, faith communities, and the general public about the unique needs and strengths of veterans and their families, as well as provide information about the various programs, treatments, and services that exist to support them. Keynote presentations include Ralph Ozmun from Opus Peace speaking about Soul Injury, and Cythnia Rasmussen, presenting on reintegration challenges and considerations. Program descriptions and speaker bios are on the event website,

Veteran Peer Run Respite

Mental Health America (MHA) of WI is pleased to introduce a new resource for former members of the United States Armed Forces in Wisconsin, The R&R House! To help spread the word about The R&R House, download and share the flyer with your networks!

MHA is seeking applicants for positions with the Peer Run Respite for Veterans. For more information, contact Brian Michel, Director of Prevention Services, at