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New Virtual Drop-In Support Group for Teachers and Early Childhood Educators.

Your mental well-being is important. This group is a safe space for you to talk about the bright spots in your week as well as the challenging ones. This is an informal support group, no reservation is needed- just drop-in when you can.

Peer Support Specialist (Full-Time, 2nd Shift)

Position Summary: Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is seeking qualified candidates for a unique opportunity as a Peer Support Specialist in the nation’s first Peer Run Respite for Veterans, the R&R House. The R&R House will provide peer support services in a residential, homelike environment to former members of the United States Armed Forces who are living with mental health and/or substance use conditions. The R&R House provides on-site peer support 24/7. MHA is seeking an individual with lived experience with their own recovery of mental health and/or substance use conditions to provide second shift (afternoon/evening) staffing for the R&R House.

The Peer Support Specialist will report to the Project Coordinator. Peer Support Specialists conduct pre-arrival conversations with potential guests of the R&R House, provide orientation services and welcome new guests, engage with guests to provide person-centered recovery services, ensure appropriate referrals to necessary services and community resources, conduct departure interviews with guests, and collect follow-up surveys from former guests to evaluate respite performance. Peer Support Specialists are expected to ensure the respite maintains a healthy, welcoming, and safe environment for guests and staff, including ensuring consistency with CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidelines.

Essential Duties:

  • Perform pre-arrival guest screening, orientation, community referrals, departure planning, follow-up evaluation, and guest engagement at R&R House.
  • Provide recovery-oriented, person-centered peer support services to guests at the R&R House.
  • Maintain a safe, sanitary, and healthy environment at the R&R House, including following cleaning procedures consistent with CDC and DHS recommendations.
  • Recognize and respect the lived experience of all guests at the R&R House.
  • Attend regular weekly staff meetings with R&R House team and weekly supervision meeting with Project Coordinator.
  • Represent the R&R House at community events as appropriate.
  • Inspire capabilities of R&R House guests to engage and maintain relationships with program during and following respite stay.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Candidates must identify as a person with lived experience of recovery with mental health and/or substance use issues.
  • Candidates with active/former service in any branch of United States Armed Forces strongly preferred.
  • Candidates must have strong understanding of principles of recovery.
  • Candidates must have ability to become a Certified Peer Specialist within 2 years of hire, if not already certified.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, or equal professional experience, preferred.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively with a range of personality types.
  • Candidates should project the values of recovery and recognize the importance of culturally appropriate, person-centered, trauma-informed care.
  • Candidates must pass a caregiver background check.
  • Candidates must be willing to work weekday evenings shifts.

Time and Salary: The position is full-time, approximately 40 hours/week, and requires staffing on weekday afternoons/evenings. The position receives a yearly salary of $35,640.

Please submit applications (resume and cover letter) to Brian Michel: brian@mhawisconsin.org

Employment Opportunity - Peer Support Specialist (Full-Time, 3rd Shift)

Position Summary: Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is seeking qualified candidates for a unique opportunity as a Peer Support Specialist in the nation’s first Peer Run Respite for Veterans, the R&R House. The R&R House will provide peer support services in a residential, homelike environment to former members of the United States Armed Forces who are living with mental health and/or substance use conditions. The R&R House provides on-site peer support 24/7. MHA is seeking an individual with lived experience with their own recovery of mental health and/or substance use conditions to provide third shift (overnight) staffing for the R&R House.

The Peer Support Specialist will report to the Project Coordinator. Peer Support Specialists conduct pre-arrival conversations with potential guests of the R&R House, provide orientation services and welcome new guests, engage with guests to provide person-centered recovery services, ensure appropriate referrals to necessary services and community resources, conduct departure interviews with guests, and collect follow-up surveys from former guests to evaluate respite performance. Peer Support Specialists are expected to ensure the respite maintains a healthy, welcoming, and safe environment for guests and staff, including ensuring consistency with CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidelines.

Essential Duties:

  • Perform pre-arrival guest screening, orientation, community referrals, departure planning, follow-up evaluation, and guest
  • engagement at R&R House.
  • Provide recovery-oriented, person-centered peer support services to guests at the R&R House.
  • Maintain a safe, sanitary, and healthy environment at the R&R House, including following cleaning procedures consistent
  • with CDC and DHS recommendations.
  • Recognize and respect the lived experience of all guests at the R&R House.
  • Attend regular weekly staff meetings with R&R House team and weekly supervision meeting with Project Coordinator.
  • Represent the R&R House at community events as appropriate.
  • Inspire capabilities of R&R House guests to engage and maintain relationships with program during and following respite
  • stay.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Candidates must identify as a person with lived experience of recovery with mental health and/or substance use issues.
  • Candidates with active/former service in any branch of United States Armed Forces strongly preferred.
  • Candidates must have strong understanding of principles of recovery.
  • Candidates must have ability to become a Certified Peer Specialist within 2 years of hire, if not already certified.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, or equal professional experience, preferred.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively with a range of personality types.
  • Candidates should project the values of recovery and recognize the importance of culturally appropriate, person-centered,
  • trauma-informed care.
  • Candidates must pass a caregiver background check.
  • Candidates must be willing to work overnight weekday shifts.

Time and Salary: The position is full-time, approximately 40 hours/week, and requires overnight staffing on weekdays. The position receives a yearly salary of $35,640.

Please submit applications (resume and cover letter) to Brian Michel: brian@mhawisconsin.org


 

COVID-19 Media Briefing Mental Health Resources Tue Aug 4, 2020

  • Mental Health America of WI is taking new patients and offering office or virtual sessions therapy sessions for adults and youth for mental health and addiction issues. Please call  414-276-3122 for an appointment. Uninsured individuals are welcome.
  • Mental Health America of WI Resource Directory for information about Medicaid and private insurance providers http://www.mhawisconsin.org/milw-resources-search
  • Online Screening for mental health and addiction  to learn more about your symptoms: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools?ref=MHAWI

If you need help right now:

  • National Text Crisis line is available 24/7 TEXT HOME to 741741
  • Milwaukee County Crisis Line- 414-257-7222
  • Walkers Point Youth and Family Center Crisis Line- 414-647-8200
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • Veterans Warmline at 262-336-9540 for WI Vets and their families Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255 

 If you or a loved one might be experiencing mental health symptoms: http://www.mhawisconsin.org/factsheets.aspx

 Tips for parents who have children that are struggling to cope with heightened mental health stressors: https://ymhproject.org/covid-19-and-the-mental-health-of-your-children/

 

Mental Health and COVID-19 - Information & Resources


To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.


MHA E-Newsletter - May 22, Summary of COVID-19 Resources
MHA E-Newsletter - May 15,  Summary of COVID-19 Resources
MHA E-Newsletter - May 1, Summary of COVID-19 Resources
MHA E-Newsletter - April 24, Summary of COVID-19 Resources
MHA E-Newsletter - April 17, Summary of COVID-19 Resources
MHA E-Newsletter - April 10, Summary of COVID-19 Resources


Resilient Wisconsin

NEW! Check out our tips for people in challenging situations during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Other helpful resources:

211- Your Connection to COVID-19 Community Resources

Help Starts Here. 211 can connect you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area. If you want personal assistance call the three-digit number 211 or 877-947-2211. A friendly voice is available to talk with you 24/7/365. Or, contact 211 by text: text COVID19 to 211-211. Or, search the 211 database on your own. Thousands of services across the state ready for you to search now. Offers Keyword, Guided, and Advanced Searches.

The nation’s most credible mental health organizations and partner organizations have teamed up to collaborate on a free resource hub to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry

Whether you work in a health field or not, are actively practicing, learning or retired, if you have an interest in assisting your community or state during a health crisis, we invite you to register in Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR).

Coronavirus Community Resource Guide (Milwaukee)

Making sure residents have access to necessary resources remains our top priority. We will all need to work together during this time to make sure the most at-risk and vulnerable remain connected to resources.

In The Rooms: An Online Addiction Recovery Community

In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. We embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.

Mental Health Information For Disease Outbreaks

Living With Mental Illness During COVID-19 Outbreak– Preparing For Your Wellness

This webpage provides information and wellness tips for individuals living with mental health conditions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Medication Access During COVID-19

Changes and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 can make it difficult to know what to do to make sure you have access to needed medications. Here are some tips and pieces of information to help you prepare and care for yourself or your loved ones

Managing Stress and Anxiety related to COVID-19

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Coronavirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreak Response

These fact sheets provide information and recommendations for healthcare personnel, families, leaders, and businesses to address the psychological and behavioral health impacts of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak

These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO Mental Health Department as support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19 outbreak.

Frequently Asked Questions on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and COVID-19

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) created a document to help guide individuals that have specific questions about their mental health situations.

Dermatillomania During COVID-19

Risk of COVID-19 may be anxiety inducing and you may be experiencing a harder time managing your Dermatillomania as a result. The CDC’s encouragement to “not touch your face” can be particularly hard and even triggering if you struggle with Skin Picking Disorder. Here are some ways to cope from the Picking Me Foundation.

Mental health and wellness during a public health crisis

Dr. LaGenia Bailey, former DBSA board member, discusses tips on how to stay well during this public health crisis. In this podcast, she addresses benefits of mindfulness practice, lifestyle habits, and ways to stay connected with others to avoid isolation.

When Home Becomes The Workplace: Mental Health And Remote Work

Protecting Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19: Mental health in the age of coronavirus

Impact of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic on Mental Health (Webinar)

Q&A on Mental Health during COVID-19 with WHO expert Aiysha Malik

Shrink Speak: COVID-19 Crisis

In this special three-part COVID-19 Crisis series, Dr. Lieberman of Columbia University speaks with renowned experts who have expertise in relevant disciplines that pertain to this COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial Support

COVID-19 Ancillary Costs

The HealthWell Foundation just announced a COVID-19 Fund that provides up to $250 in assistance with ancillary costs associated with COVID-19. Grants awarded through the fund will provide reimbursement assistance to at risk or quarantined individuals for delivered food, medication, telehealth copays and transportation costs associated with COVID-19.

Tools and Information on Anxiety

Mental Health Screening Tools

One of the quickest and easiest ways to tell if you are experiencing a mental health condition is to take an online screen. MHA has nine different screening tools for mental health conditions on our site, including anxiety.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety Information and Support

Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety

Staying Grounded

Meditations and Calming Exercises

Tools to Connect with Others

Social Support: Getting And Staying Connected

MHA’s Inspire Community

An online community where people can connect with others. MHA hosts a dedicated mental health community, but there are communities related to a variety of topics.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)'s Online Support Groups

Lyf App

Lyf is a social media app where users share highly personal aspects of themselves without the fear of judgment. It's the one app where you can be yourself or write anonymously and people won't degrade or bring you down.

Wamlines

Unlike a hotline for those in immediate crisis, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis. The lines are typically free, confidential peer-support services staffed by those who have experienced mental health conditions themselves. Find a warmline in your area at warmline.org.

Resources for Immediate Response

Disaster Distress Helpline

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.

Crisis Text Line

Text MHA to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.

The Trevor Project

Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Dial 2-1-1

If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit 211.org or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Run by the United Way.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

For any victims and survivors who need support, call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Resources for Mental Health Providers

A Guide to Transitioning Your Clinic to a Remote Work Environment

Medicare Telehealth Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet

Use of Telemedicine While Providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Guidance

COVID-19 and Opioid Treatment Programs FAQ

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance

Resources for Parents

Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Cómo hablar con los niños sobre el coronavirus

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

Talking to Kids about Fear and Violence

The Parent Guide to Resilience

List of Live Webcams, Virtual Tours, and Virtual Field Trips

Scholastic Learn at Home Free Resources

Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources

Virtual Field Trips from Discovery Education

Free Learning Resources from Lakeshore Learning Materials

List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings

Resources for Caregivers

Caregiving for a Person with a Mental Illness

Care for Caregivers: Tips for Families and Educators

Caregiver Action Network

National Alliance for Caregiving

Resources for Older Adults

National Council on Aging

Do Your Part to Stem COVID-19: An Intergenerational Call to Action

How-To Articles

How to Deal with Coronavirus Anxiety

Prepare for Coronavirus

Deal with the Coronavirus Outbreak: Your Most Common Questions Answered

How To Talk To Kids About Coronavirus

General Information about COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Hub from the CDC

Fact Sheets on COVID-19 in Spanish and Other Languages

Coronavisrus (COVID-19) Situation Report from the World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

Preguntas y respuestas sobre la enfermedad por coronavirus (COVID-19)

American Psychological Association (APA) Resources on Pandemics