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Date: 6/28/2018 12:16:22 PM

MHA News - Summer Edition


Men's Mental Health

June is Men's Health Month

menshealthheader.jpgAs Men's Health Month comes to a close, a message from Martina Gollin-Graves, MHA's President & CEO:

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. One of the ways we can support the health of men in our lives is to increase their understanding about mental health and risk factors.

Men make up over 75 percent of suicide victims in the United States with one man killing himself every 20 minutes. Last year there were more than 800 suicide deaths in Wisconsin, more than 50 percent of those deaths were middle aged men. More >>

"Heads Up Guys" Men's Mental Health

A resource for men, about men. Health strategies for managing and preventing depression. Learn more about depression in men including symptoms, triggers and risk factors. Take a self check using a depression screening tool that reflects some of the symptoms that are often reported by men. And, learn about getting on the road to recovery! "Heads Up Guys" can be found at

MENtal Health Monday Podcasts

riggs.jpg"We're not doctors, we're just dudes. Talking about mental health. It's time to start an open and honest conversation about Men's mental health. While anyone can benefit from listening to these stories, our hope is to get MEN more comfortable talking about their mental health." MHA would like to give a shout out to Riggs, morning show host on Milwaukee's 103.7 KISSfm, for tackling men's mental health through honest conversations and stories of lived experience on his weekly "MENtal Health Monday" podcast.

Listen to MENtal Health Monday podcasts here. The July 9 episode will feature Pastor Greg Washington, MHA Board Member.

#mentalillnesslookslike - Greg's Story


This edition's personal story is from Pastor Greg Washington who is also a MHA Board Member. We thank Greg for sharing his lived experience. Don't keep mental illness to yourself. There's power in sharing! Click the photo to hear from Greg.

What's New at MHA

MHA-WI Wellness Clinic

mha-logo-wellness-center.pngThe MHA-WI Wellness Clinic opened last November and is accepting new clients. We provide counseling and support services for adults, adolescents and children. The clinic is located at the MHA office in Milwaukee. Learn more >>

Zero Suicide

2018-zs.jpgTwelve health and behavioral health care organizations from around the state were accepted into MHA of Wisconsin’s 2018 Zero Suicide Training. The initial training was held on June 21 and 22 in Wisconsin Dells. Zero Suicide is a basic commitment to suicide prevention in the healthcare and behavioral healthcare systems. Zero Suicide is based on a systematic approach to quality improvement and conscientious and consistent use of specific tools and strategies throughout organizations. We look forward to working with these teams throughout the next year and applaud their commitment to reducing suicide for people under their care.

The 2018 cohort includes: Agnesian Healthcare, Beaten Counseling & Consultation Team, Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley, Brown County Department of Health and Human Services, Catholic Charities, Columbia County Health and Human Services, Prevea Health, Samaritan Counseling Center, Southwest Behavioral Services, Taylor County Human Services Department, Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services and Fort Healthcare.

Since 2015, 43 organizations have been trained in and are activetly implementing Zero Suicide in Wisconsin.

MHA on LinkedIn

We recently updated our LinkedIn page to a company profile to better connect with you and others. Please click the link to follow MHA of Wisconsin: If you followed our previous page, be sure to start following the new page for up to date information. The previous page will be disabled on September 1. 

50-k-board-members.jpg5K 50 States 50 Days

There was a great turn out for the final leg of the 5K 50 States 50 Days. The run/walk series began in Hawaii on May 5 and concluded in Delafield on June 23. There were just over 2,000 participants in the inaugural run/walk series. The runs were organized by the Adel B. Korkor MD Foundation and are a part of Dr. Korkor's overall mission to overcome his own mental health problems and raise money and awareness about it. MHA is proud to partner with Dr. Korkor and bring awareness about mental health and wellness. Read the article about the 5K in 50 States in 50 Days here and follow on Facebook here.

In the News

leah-cw18.pngLeah Rolando of MHA Featured on TheCW18

Leah Rolando, Suicide Prevention Specialist at MHA of Wisconsin, recently joined host Andrea Williams to discuss support systems for people who are considering suicide. Watch the interview here >>

13 Reasons Why, Season 2: Another Opportunity to Talk About the Traumas Our Young People Face

A blog posting from Paul Gionfriddo, national MHA President and CEO:

Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why gives us another opportunity to talk about some of the most troubling and traumatic events that confront young adults in American society today. It also offers the beginnings of a road map to do something about them. I am not a TV critic, so I will leave it to others to say whether the show is "good television" or not. On a personal level, I find it compelling and absorbing, and I have watched every episode from both seasons. More >>

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness 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. Learn more >>