Issue 7-20 | October 1, 2018
Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Do you have:

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Forward the information to Elysse at . Thank you for your service to Milwaukee!

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 
Preventing Suicide with QPR
Suicide is incredibly difficult to talk about. It's difficult even to contemplate the topic. But enhancing our understanding of it, and removing the stigma attached to it, can help save someone’s life.

That's the approach taken by the QPR Institute's Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention training for those interested in preventing an individual from dying by suicide. It proposes taking three steps—asking questions to open up a conversation with a vulnerable individual; persuading that person to seek and accept help; and referring that person to a mental health professional—that can save someone’s life.

The overall key, perhaps, is noticing the warning signs that someone may be considering suicide and then listening non-judgmentally to their unique, personal story.

"We can never actually make someone not take their life," said PPI's Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator Jeremy Triblett during a QPR training he held on September 25 with Sumaiyah Clark of the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention . "But we recognize that some young people and adults give signs that they are thinking about it."

The Public Policy Institute is offering QPR training to interested members of the community, whether they are youth work professionals, parents, coaches, clergy members, or teachers.

SOS Signs of Suicide Facilitator Training
Friday, October 5
Adolescence is never easy. But for some youth, the challenges they face seem insurmountable or the pain they feel is unbearable.

The CDC has found that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth in the U.S. So far in 2018, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner has identified 59 deaths by suicide.

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the Brighter Futures Initiative are proud to bring you a toolkit for facilitating conversations with youth themselves about how they can save a life.

This FREE training will prepare school staff and youth workers to implement the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program for middle and high school youth.

Topics include:

  • How to respond to youth at risk
  • SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program implementation steps
  • Mock implementation using the “Time to ACT” video & sample student discussion
  • Barriers to youth suicide prevention and action steps to take

We’re offering two three-hour training sessions for SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Facilitators on Friday, October 5, at the Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th St., Milwaukee.

Family Unity Night
Thursday, October 11
Every year, the Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Network (MTPPN) celebrates the
importance of family communication
through sit-down family dinners. We come
together once a year to celebrate "Family
Unity Night." Join us by bringing some of
the families you serve to our October 11 event
(agency only pays $50 fee) and have a
great time with your families at the Italian Community Center.

To RSVP, contact Jody Rhodes at; deadline is October 2. Sponsored by the Public Policy Institute and Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative.
New Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings
If you know first aid for physical emergencies, consider learning first aid for mental health emergencies. Youth Mental Health First Aid helps concerned adults learn the signs of mental health issues in young people so that they can get the appropriate help when they need it.

The Public Policy Institute is offering three full-day, free-of-charge sessions this autumn, on October 23, November 13, and November 30. All are welcome to attend. Register at this link.
National Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, October 27
Be part of the solution by getting rid of medications you no longer need. You can save a life, prevent a poisoning, and reduce the chance a friend or loved one misuses medication when you dispose of your unused medication safely and securely. Check out Dose of Reality’s website for a drop-off location near you. 
Governor's Faith-Based Summits on Opioids
Monday, October 29
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is sponsoring three no-cost regional faith-based summits focusing on the opioid crisis for all faith-based groups, organizations, and individuals. The Milwaukee summit -- organized by the Southeast Wisconsin Region of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth -- will be held on Monday, October 29, at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Click on this link for details and to register. Questions? Contact Southeast AWY Prevention Coordinator Jazzmyne Adams at
Save the Date
Community Engagement Symposium
Deepening Partnerships in Pursuit of Social Justice
Tuesday, November 13
Marquette University’s Community Engagement Symposium provides community organizations, faculty, staff and students the chance to engage in bidirectional research and learning opportunities and strengthen partnerships. The keynote speaker is Howard Fuller, Founder and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette. The symposium includes breakout sessions, a poster display, awards, and a networking reception. The deadline for a breakout session proposal or poster is October 4; the deadline for nominating someone for an award is October 12. Find details and register at this link.
Together for Children
April 9-11, 2019
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin are offering this conference at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva next April. They’ve just announced their keynote presenter—federal prosecutor Kevin Mulcahy, who had been sexually exploited as a child. Keep your eye on the website for updates.
Ninth Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference 2019
May 2 & 3, 2019
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin has announced the date and location of their next conference: May 2 & 3, 2019, at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells. If you want to get involved in planning the event, email Leah at
Circles of Support Volunteer Training
Tuesday, October 2
Circles of Support create a safe space for returning citizens to tell and share their stories so they can be successful in their reentry to the community. The Milwaukee Reentry Council is working with Project Return and its committed partners, Hephatha Lutheran Church, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, and the Dept. of Corrections, to create monthly Circles of Support to start in late October 2018. They are currently looking for volunteers to participate in these circles. The training session will be held on Tuesday, October 2, at Project Return, 2821 N. 4th St. Suite 223, Milwaukee, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested please contact Wendel Hruska, Project Return, or 414-374-8029 or Conor Williams, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, or 262-442-4646.
Older Adult Financial Capability Training
Friday, October 5
JP Morgan Chase, Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, ESOP, and the United Community Center are teaming up to provide this no-cost workshop for those who want to lead financial literacy education. Delivered as a train-the-trainer on-site model, the training is based on the Money Smart for Older Adults curriculum developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the FDIC. The training will be held at the United Community Center, 730 W. Washington St., Milwaukee, on Friday, October 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required at this link.  
2018 Fatherhood Summit
Friday, October 5 & Saturday, October 6
The theme for the 2018 Fatherhood Summit is "We Are Rising: Uplifting Our Community through Our Fathers." The purpose of this annual, two-day event is to bring together men, fathers and future fathers to identify solutions and resources for support in promoting positive activity in the father role. The summit also gathers data to help address the many obstacles that prevent men from being involved, responsible, and committed fathers. The goal is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of fathers and caregivers in all communities to build strong pathways, leading to healthy father development and engagement in the lives of their children and families. It’ll be held October 5 & 6 at Greater New Birth Christian Campus, 8237 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee. Register for this no-cost event here.
2018 Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture
Monday, October 8
Issa Kohler-Hausmann will discuss her new book, “Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing,” and its relevance to the Milwaukee and Wisconsin criminal justice systems. Panelists include Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Carl Ashley, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, Alma Center Founder and Executive Director Terri Strodthoff, and will be moderated by defense attorney Craig Mastantuono. This discussion, presented by the Milwaukee Turners, is free and open to all. It’ll be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 8, at the Todd Wehr Auditorium at MSOE, 1047 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Community Advocates is a co-sponsor of this event.
2018 Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar
Wednesday, October 10
Registration is open for this session on alcohol policy targeted to local officials, law enforcement, coalition leaders, and advocates on what Wisconsin communities can do to reduce alcohol-related disorder, harm, and expense. This year’s theme is “Creating a Positive Alcohol Environment.” Community coalitions affiliated with the Wisconsin Alliance for Youth may be eligible for registration fee waivers, contact your regional prevention center for details. The registration fee for this session is an eligible expense for Substance Abuse Block Grant Funds allocated to counties. This full-day seminar will be held at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. The $125 registration fee includes all sessions, workshops, materials, breakfast, and lunch. Register here. Feel free to contact Julia Sherman at 608-262-0370 or, if you need additional information.
Community QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Wednesday, October 10
QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) is a suicide prevention training that aims to teach people of all ages how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, understand the common causes of suicidal behavior, and how to get help for someone in a crisis situation. This October 10 training walks through how to ask someone if they are feeling suicidal, how to persuade someone to tell you if they are in a time of need and where to refer someone to if they are in crisis. This program is intended for those 18 years of age and older, youth QPR trainings can be provided by request. This training will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Greenfield Public Library, 5318 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, and is sponsored by Greenfield Health Department, Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, Mental Health America Wisconsin, and the Greenfield Public Library. Registration is encouraged, but not required, by calling 414-329-5268.
Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association Conference
Wednesday, October 10-Friday, October 12
The 23 rd annual WJDA conference aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working in juvenile justice. The conference will be held at the Chula Vista Conference Center and Resort in Wisconsin Dells on October 10 through October 12. Deadline for room reservations is September 30. Space is limited for the conference, so organizers encourage participants to register early. Check out WJDA’s website for the most up-to-date information about the conference and registration details. 
Neu-Life Community Development Farmfork Feast
Saturday, October 13
Neu-Life's Farmfork teens have been hard at work learning the ins-and-outs of urban agriculture, how to prepare food from scratch, and getting their feet wet in event catering. The program culminates with a grand celebration! Using produce from the gardens, these talented teens will prepare and serve a four-course lunch and provide a tour of Neu-Life’s Gardening projects. The feast will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2014 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $75. Space is limited. RSVP by contacting Tracy at 312-371-7612 or .
Car Seat and Booster Safety Check
Tuesday, October 16
Find out if your child’s car or booster seat is installed securely at this community event presented by Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the Cudahy Fire Department, Station 2, 3115 E. Ramsey Ave., Cudahy. The Cudahy Health Department is offering low-cost car seats to income-eligible families. Please allow 40 minutes per safety check; appointments are recommended. Contact 414-231-4894 or go to for more information. 
Jewish Family Services 2018 Annual Meeting
Guest Speaker, Documentary Filmmaker Faith Kohler, JD
Wednesday, October 17
Jewish Family Services invites the community to attend their 2018 annual meeting to learn more about their mission to serve more than 2,500 individuals, families, and children in need. Their guest speaker will be Faith Kohler, JD, who created the film 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle, which tells the story of chronic homelessness in Milwaukee and the challenges faced by individuals living with mental health issues, addiction, and social isolation. The event begins with a reception on 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at Congregation Sinai, 8233 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee. Please register at this link by October 15.
14 th Annual Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference
Wednesday, October 17 & Thursday, October 18
Join UW-Stevens Point’s long-standing, partner-driven conference designed to meet the professional development needs of providers in the state of Wisconsin and learn the latest trends and topics from qualified state and national experts. Keynote speakers are Mark Sanders, On the Mark Consulting, and forensic psychiatrist David Mays. The conference will be held on October 17 and 18 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Get details and register here.  
2018 Wisconsin Summit on Opioids & Meth
Tuesday, October 23 & Wednesday, October 24
This summit on opioids and meth, sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will focus on collaborations between law enforcement, public health agencies, and prevention and treatment providers. The Summit will highlight the good work of our Wisconsin anti-drug coalitions and introduce best practices from around the country for protecting our most vulnerable neighbors. Attendees will have the option to select from over 40 programs as they work with other professionals to address this national epidemic. The summit will be held at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $75. Register at this link.
Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Wednesday, October 24
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is offering two half-day sessions on the Marquette University campus that will offer concrete actions leaders can take to bridge the divide and embrace the systems, culture and behavior changes that align with the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

  • Morning Session: Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap: Sean Thomas-Breitfield and Frances Kunreuther will present key findings of the Nonprofits, Leadership and Race Survey. This session is free but RSVPs are required.
  • Afternoon Session: Sean Thomas-Breitfield will lead a hands-on social change workshop. This session is $30 and reservations are required
Research & Resources
The Trevor Project #SaveLGBTQLives
From The Trevor Project: suicide prevention resources to show how you can #SaveLGBTQLives.
Nurture Emotional Wellness and Resiliency in Our Youth:
A Resource Guide to Available School-based Programs
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is offering the first edition of this collection of school-based resources for youth. Want to add your organization to a future edition? Contact Barbara at
Breast Cancer Survivors Wanted
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Dr. Kristen Beyer is seeking breast cancer survivors for two studies. Contact Charissa at 414-955-8325 if you are interested.
Fake IDs in America:
Challenges of Identification and the Critical Need for Training
From the Center for Alcohol Policy: Learn about the complexities of verifying IDs and how the process can be improved through enhanced training.
Suicide and Firearm Safety Conversations
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee would like to connect with a gun shop or firing range owner, instructor, and/or manager to discuss reducing the risk of suicide by firearms. In Wisconsin, firearms are used in more suicides than homicides, and more than 20,000 Americans a year use a gun to die by suicide. Please contact Barbara at if you can help make this connection.
Job Opportunities
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Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST MKE, a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, under Grant No. 5H79SM063524.