Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
May 14, 2018
Issue 7-10
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Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Manager
In This Issue
More than 1 in 20 US children and teens have anxiety or depression

Research published in the Journal of of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics analyzed data from the nationally representative National Survey of Children's Health shows that more and more young people are experiencing serious mental health challenges, especially anxiety disorders.

"In the 2011-12 survey, 5.3 percent of children and teens had current anxiety or depression. The prevalence of current anxiety increased significantly between surveys: from 3.5 percent in 2007 to 4.1 percent in 2011-12. By comparison, the prevalence of current depression showed no significant change: 2.5 and 2.7 percent, respectively," reports ScienceDaily.

Many community-based studies have estimated even higher numbers of children and teens experiencing from mental health disorders, suggesting that even the significant increase measured in the National Survey doesn't reflect the full burden of mental illness.

Especially during mental health awareness month, what are you and your organization doing to support youth?  Click here to complete a survey to help build connections to healing supports for youth in Milwaukee (more info about survey below).

Help more youth access healing support 

Many youth and families in Milwaukee are exposed to individual and community trauma resulting from structural racism, concentrated disadvantage and violence. As the news item above mentions, more and more children and teens across the US are experiencing anxiety disorders.  There is also limited access to culturally-specific, trauma-responsive healing services and activities.

ReCAST MKE, an initiative of the City of Milwaukee Health Department's Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), is working in partnership with the Public Policy Institute at Community Advocates to develop a coordinated referral system
 among youth and family-serving organizations, institutional partners and community systems. The goal of this system is to make it easier for youth and their families to acces s mental and behavioral health services.

Please click here to complete the survey as soon as you are able.  Thank you in advance!

Now Open

The new MHA-WI Wellness Clinic is now open and accepting new clients!  The MHA-WI Wellness Clinic provides counseling for adults, adolescents and children using Medicaid insurance or on a sliding fee scale for those without insurance.

The new Wellness Clinic uses a strengths-based, client-centered and trauma-informed approach and is located at the Tannery Business Center in the Atlas Building at 600 W Virginia St in Milwaukee, just south of downtown and the Menomonee Valley.  Click here for more information.

It's National Prevention Week

May 13 to 19 is National Prevention Week, when Milwaukee joins communities and organizations across the country to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.  

Several events to raise awareness are hosted in Milwaukee this week--see below.  And don't forget to check out the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's Facebook page this week for more information.
National Prevention Week Resource Fair
Monday, May 14

There's still time!  Registration is still open for the Fitness #4Mind4Body resource fair this afternoon from 4:30pm-7:00pm at the Wisconsin African American Women's Center.

Before we can be effective prevention professionals, we must take care of our own health.  Exercise your mind and body with us this afternoon!

Registration begins at 4:30pm, followed by a welcome by Nzinga Khalid, Prevention Coordinator with the  Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and Brenda Wesley, who previously led educational outreach for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Milwaukee.  A presentation on "Mindfulness in Every Day Life" will be followed by breakout workshops:
  • Line Dancing with Mind, Body & Soul Dancers
  • Guided Painting Session with ArtbyKai
  • #DearFutureMe Challenge
Light refreshments and closing is scheduled for 6:20pm-7:00pm.  Please register here and join us this afternoon!

National Prevention Week: 
Free Training
Friday, May 18

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. 

You don't have to be a mental health professional to provide support to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or even save a life!  Learn an action plan to help.

Must pre-register at by Wednesdsay, May 16.  Free for any adult that have contact with young people ages 12-18 -- teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens.  Training will be held Friday, May 18 from 8:30am-5pm and lunch will be provided.  Pre-register for more details.

National Prevention Week: Milwaukee Got Talent
Friday, May 18

This House of Kings and Priests event will showcase local singing, dancing, rapping, and instrumentals and will be hosted by V100's Promise. The event, which also includes a resource fair, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee. The recommended $5 or more donation will go toward sending a few young people to Rico Love's We Love Music Conference. Sponsored by Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Light and Unite Red, and Families Forward. Questions? Contact Bernadette Anderson at 414-810-4657.

National Prevention Week: Calling all Youth Groups!
Saturday, May 19
The Faces of Mental Health & Youth Behavioral Health Wellness Summit this Saturday includes a wellness activity, panel discussion, and performance, all targeted to youth living with mental illness or a behavioral health disorder, as well as adults working with these youth, their parents, guardians, family members, and friends. 

Details: noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. Includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Register here. For more information, contact 262-207-4130.

National Prevention Week: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Milwaukee Walk
Saturday, May 19

The NAMI Greater Milwaukee Walk is almost here!  NAMI Greater Milwaukee is a community-based, self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with mental illness, their families and those touched by mental illness.   Among other programs, the Walk helps pay for support groups and educational classes for those with mental illness and their families, and community education.

Family-friendly entertainment starts at 9:30am and the 5K walk starts at 11:00am at Veterans Park.   Click here to pre-register or call (414) 344-0447--registration is also available at Veterans Park beginning at 9:30am. There is no charge, but donations are encouraged.

The Walk is pet-friendly and includes face-painting, clowns, a 10-piece horn band, drum line, coffee, bagels, hot dogs, and other food. Free parking.

Regional Training
May 21-22

The Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention Regional Training will provide opportunities to network, improve skills and gain ideas of how to prevent substance abuse in your community.

The Training features workshops focused on engaging youth as partners in prevention, emerging drug trends, suicide prevention skills and an introduction to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and brain development.

The two-day training will be held on May 21-22 in Brookfield.  Click here for more information and to register.

Job and Resource Fair
Friday, May 25

Our Community Our Solution presents a job and resource fair held at Owen's Place on Friday, May 25 from 12pm-3pm.

The job fair features 40+ employers with over 400 vacancies, as well as training courses and youth employment resources. 

Click here to view the flyer for more information.
Turnaround Arts @MPS
Research Review
Thursday, May 31
The Turnaround Arts! program empowers high-needs schools with innovative arts programming and resources as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.

On Thursday, May 31, join Milwaukee Public Schools for an interactive session that provides an overview of Turnaround Arts, developmental evaluation, and collective impact.  The presentation will highlight how providing arts opportunities and raising our expectations of students are levers to improve school culture and climate.

Please join us on Thursday, May 31st from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM in Room 117 at Sherman Multicultural Arts School, 5110 W. Locust Street.  Pre-register by clicking here.

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
SaintA's Youth Transitioning to Adulthood (YTA) program would like to invite all young people ages 16-26 to our 2018 May Pop-Up Meet-up!

This Pop-Up will happen between the hours of 11-2pm and lunch is included.

Please email Jameelah A. Love by May 25th at so you will receive the Pop-Up RSVP email form the day before.

Thursday, May 31

NAMI Racine County will be hosting a dinner to highlight one of our strategic priorities: youth mental health. Guest speakers will address youth mental health and actions that are being taken for young adults to receive the care they need.

Guest Speakers for the event include: Ryan Stachoviak, Mental Health Planner from the WI Department of Health Services, who will be discussing the State's efforts in implementing Early Intervention for First Episode Psychosis Programs. Dr. Himanshu Agrawal, child psychiatrist from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, will address what symptoms of first episode psychosis look like, how to open the conversation about mental health issues, and the impact of social media in this conversation. Dr. Eric Gallien, Deputy Superintendent of Racine Unified School District, will conclude the evening by sharing what action steps are being taken within the school system to help children needing mental health care.

Click here to register by May 18th.

Let's Discuss
Monday, June 4

Teens and adults are welcome each first and third Monday to discuss alcohol and substanceabuse prevention efforts in Milwaukee at AMRI Counseling, 4001 W Capitol Dr, Milwaukee.  There is no cost to participate.

The goal is to help teens and adults that attend to learn key scientific facts about drugs, drug abuse, addiction, consequences, prevention and drug treatment.  For more information, contact AMRI Counseling at or (414) 455-3879.

Advancing Behavioral Health Summit
Tuesday, June 5

Join Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Foundation and statewide partners for a free, one-day event focused on improving behavioral health outcomes statewide. Featuring nationally renowned keynote speakers and breakout sessions highlighting emerging practices, practical examples, and real-world experiences from coalitions working to improve behavioral health in their communities, the day promises to be full of interactive learning and engaging dialogue meant to strengthen collective work and impact in support of mental wellness, behavioral health, and overall well-being.

The Summit will be held on Tuesday, June 5, at the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Wisconsin Dells.  Click here for more information and to register.
Blossoming Into a
More Effective Supervisor
Tuesday, June 12

Special one-day interactive supervision workshop: a must-attend opportunity for any youth work supervisor!

Continuously increasing time pressures, societal changes that increase the life challenges faced by those we provide service, and shrinking resources make it more and more difficult to feel we are reaching that true standard of excellence that we desire in our work.  This highly interactive workshop will
examine ways for current leaders and supervisors with strong leadership
skills/potential at all levels of career to better strive to reach that standard of
excellence they desire and those we serve deserve.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, June 12 from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Junior Achievement Kohls Education Center, 11111 W Liberty Drive Milwaukee, 53224.  Cost is $75 and includes lunch.   Click here to register today!

Youth Worker Conference
Thursday, June 14

The Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals Annual Youth Worker Conference is a can't miss event for any youth care worker.  There are national keynote speakers and presenters and the most cutting edge information on Best Practices.

Workshops include:
  • Bringing Cultural Humility to the Forefront
  • Healthy Relationships and Crisis
  • Youth Workers Empowering Gender and Sexually Diverse Youth
  • Mentoring: Greater Together
Click here to view the full program.  Register by June 7th to receive the Early Bird pricing.  For more information and to register, click here.

Free Training
Thursday, June 14

If you're not able to attend the Youth Worker Conference (see above) on Thursday, June 14, then you have the opportunity to become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.

You don't have to be a mental health professional to provide support to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or even save a life! Learn an action plan to help.

Must pre-register at Free for any adult that have contact with young people ages 12-18 -- teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens. Training will be held Thursday, June 14 from 8:30am-5pm and lunch will be provided. Register for more details.

June 18-21

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices and policies by using  SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework.

The Strategic Prevention Framework offers prevention professionals a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their communities. The effectiveness of the Framework begins with a clear understanding of community needs and involves community members in all stages of the planning process. 

This four-day training will be held June 18-21 in Wisconsin Dells and is for new and seasoned members or coordinators of community prevention coalitions.  For more information,  email Dorothy Chaney  of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth's Southern Regional Prevention Center or  click here  to register.

Motivational Interviewing
June 19 and 26

Motivational Interviewing build skills for youth workers to help youth find their own motivations for positive change, while awakening young people's own hope and confidence.  The process embodies acceptance and compassion while supporting a young person's desire to improve themselves.

Partners in the Public Policy Institute's Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative, Stay Strong MKE and Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) are invited to participate in this two-day training on June 19 and 26 at no cost.  Click here for more information and to register.

Unlearning Racism
Summer Series

The YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is excited to announce the Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action series this summer. 

Milwaukee has been ranked as the most segregated city in the country, but you can be part of changing that.  This six-part series utilizes facilitated dialogue, activities, documentaries and listening pairs to move us all forward in addressing racism where and when we can. Topics include the roots of racism, institutional racism, your role in addressing racism, and taking action.

The summer series in Milwaukee will be held at 9am-1pm on Wednesdays beginning June 20 at the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee.

Please register by June 13 by clicking here.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided; feel free to bring your own lunch, as well.  Parking is available in the lot behind the YWCA or on streets nearby.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Annual Mental Health Coalition Summit
Thursday, June 21 & Friday, June 22

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction says, "making social and emotional learning part of the learning equation helps children succeed in school and life. With social and emotional skills, children can manage their feelings, build healthy relationships, and navigate social environments."

Did you know that the Wisconsin Social and Emotional learning competencies have been finalized by WI DPI and will officially be launched on Monday, May 21?  Find out more at the Summer Institute in June.

Join the Student Services Prevention and Wellness Team for a full day of nationally-renowned speakers, Wisconsin-focused implementation, local district and Out of School Time application, and national and local exhibitors.  Attend this free conference in Madison on Thursday, June 21 (SEL) and Friday, June 22 (Annual Mental Health Coalition Summit).  Participants may attend one or both days.  Click here to register.

Free Dental Care
Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23

Is it time to get your teeth checked?  The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation will be providing free dental care to children and adults at the Expo Center at State Fair on June 22 and 23.

No need to register, but please come early!   Doors open each day at 5:30am and we usually become full by 10:00am.  For more details, click here.

Our Partners & Allies Are Seeking...

Conta ct:
Elysse Chay
Prevention Manager
Community Advocates
728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee 53233  414-270-6936

Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST, a grant from the U.S. Department of He alth and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, under grant 5H79SM063524.