Issue 11-22 | October 31, 2022
Spotlight On: Mindful Gratitude Workshop
Wednesday, November 2
Challenges at work, home, in relationships, and in society can leave us feeling sad, hurt, disconnected, frustrated, or even angry. Research shows that mindfulness and gratitude can help us cope with difficulties and improve mental, emotional, and physical health. But how do we put mindfulness and gratitude into practice? Show yourself some TLC, and attend a Mindful Gratitude workshop to find out! The Mindful Gratitude Workshop offers a safe and supportive environment for you to relax, recharge, and reconnect with your joy and purpose. You will also receive a gift bag crafted by Mindful Gratitude.

Learn skills to help you:
  • See the unique beauty in your life, even on the hard days
  • Stay calm, even in difficult situations
  • Stay centered, even in a fast changing world

Participants receive:
  • Journal, pen, and sticker gift set
  • Online follow-up session to discuss barriers & breakthroughs!

This workshop is for you if you:
  • Want to find more joy and meaning in your everyday life
  • Want to improve your sense of wellbeing
  • Sometimes feel overwhelmed by work, family, relationships, and responsibilities

This session, presented by Christel Wendelberger, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on November 2 at Community Advocates, 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee. Get details and register at this link.
“When Claude Got Shot” Free Community Screening
With Post-Film Talk-Back
Friday, November 4
The Milwaukee-based "When Claude Got Shot" won the 2022 Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. The film follows the shooting of Claude Motley by 15-year-old Nathan during a carjacking gone wrote. Two days later, Nathan is shot and partially paralyzed by Victoria, acting in self-defense during a carjacking. Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Brad Lichtenstein, "When Claude Got Shot" follows three strangers tragically bound together by a weekend of gun violence, and a five-year journey to navigate recovery and forgiveness.

Join this FREE community screening of "When Claude Got Shot" and stay afterwards for a talk-back with Claude and Victoria, who are featured in the film, plus filmmakers Brad Lichtenstein and Santana Coleman. Free soda and snacks will be provided. This screening will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on November 4, at COA Youth & Family Centers, 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee, is sponsored by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. Registration is not required.
Marshfield Clinic Health System Accepting Host Site Applications for AmeriCorps Recovery Corps
Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) is now accepting Host Site Applications for the AmeriCorps Recovery Corps term of service. It is waiving the host sites cash match for the 2022-2023 term of service.
MCHS AmeriCorps Recovery Corps will serve your organization’s needs through placement of an AmeriCorps Recovery Coach serving 900 hours or about 30 hours per week with a service plan that will address the need for recovery related coaching in your community. Eligible organizations include sheriff/police departments, county jails, public health departments, social service departments, health care organizations, nonprofits, local coalitions, and other government agencies.

For more information on MCHS AmeriCorps Recovery Corps and how it can support your organization, watch the recorded informational session here. Password: Summit2022.

Feel free to reach out to Christina Garcia, Program Coordinator, if you have any questions at 715-221-8413 or
Certified Peer Specialist Virtual Training – January 2023
Certified Peer Specialists are professionals who utilize their personal lived experience of navigating mental health and/or substance use challenges to offer peer support to others and support meaningful living. WCS and Access to Independence are offering this training beginning in January 2023. Application deadline is November 29. Details and application can be found here. Questions? Contact Marguerit Galindo at or 608-716-7205.
Suicide Warning Signs and Prevention Strategies for Older Adults
In this blog post, Walker Tisdale III of the Center for Mental Health Services raises the alarm about Baby Boomers’ suicide rate as they age into older adulthood. “Health care providers and caregivers must be able to recognize the warning signs of suicide in older adults. Being aware of certain behaviors that can indicate thoughts of self-harm may help save a life,” he writes, then provides examples of what these prevention strategies could include. Read the blog here
Webinars & Events
2023-2028 MKE Elevate
Community Health Improvement Plan Meetings
Tuesday, November 1
The Milwaukee Health Department is seeking feedback from the Milwaukee community to help choose priorities for the 2023-2028 MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Join MKE Elevate at this upcoming community meeting:
Tuesday, November 1, 5:30– 7:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

The meeting is open to anyone who lives, works, or plays in Milwaukee. It will include a brief informational presentation, a photo display from the recent Photovoice contest, and small group discussions to prioritize top health issues. Participants will gain a better understanding of community health data, help set the agenda for community health improvement in Milwaukee, and learn how to stay engaged by joining a steering committee or action team. Interested participants can register at
HIV A to Z: An Interactive Training for
Prevention and Treatment Providers
Tuesday, November 1
The Southeast PTTC, in partnership with CarolinasCARE Partnership, presents “HIV A to Z: An Interactive Training for Prevention & Treatment Providers.” This interactive learning opportunity will examine Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through an intersectional lens. During this 6-hour virtual training, participants will learn about the history, as well as the future, of HIV. Instructors will use activities, videos, case studies, and interactive lecture format to introduce topics such as HIV Basics, History, Trauma, Homelessness, Mental Health, Substance Use, and Prevention Options for SUD professionals and other providers. Get details and register here.
Where’s the Data? An Overview of Behavioral Health Services Information Services
Wednesday, November 2
Wondering what behavioral health data is available to support work in your community? You're invited to join this informational virtual workshop led by Herman Alvarado, a Supervisory Social Science Analyst at SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, who will provide an overview of how to access SAMHSA's available data on the Behavioral Health Services Information System (BHSIS) and Online Treatment Locator. This webinar will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on November 2. RSVP here.
Virtual Common Ground Conference
Thursday, November 3 & Friday, November 4
The Wisconsin Technical College System is hosting the 2022 Common Ground Conference on November 3 and 4. It’s free and virtual and will consist of several dozen online sessions of collaborative interest to adult education and ELL instructors, workforce/WIOA staff, faculty and staff working with justice-involved and reentry students, community-based literacy organization staff, and more. Click here for details.
Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
November 7, 8 & 30
Community Advocates is offering QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper workshops to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Community Advocates will offer this introductory session on:
  • November 7 (in person), from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • November 8 (virtual), from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • November 30 (virtual), from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid
Tuesday, November 15
Community Advocates is offering Adult Mental Health First Aid workshops to help participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Community Advocates will offer this introductory session via Zoom. To register, click on the link below:

Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential
Tuesday, November 15
Part of The Parenting Network’s Triple P programming, this session will help parents and caregivers promote their child’s development by teaching new skills and behaviors. This in-person workshop will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on November 15 at Penfield Children’s Center, 833 N. 26th St., Milwaukee. Register at this link.
Health Compass Milwaukee Training: Using Data to Understand Inequities and Drive Action
Tuesday, November 15
Interested in learning how to better use Health Compass Milwaukee in your organization or role? Join the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership and partners for a virtual Health Compass Milwaukee training on November 15, from 1-2 p.m., where you'll learn what data is available, how to find the data you need, how to search for data that reveal disparities and inequities, and explore tools and resources for moving data to action. Register here.
10 Tips to Reduce Conflict:
Practical Verbal De-Escalation Techniques
Wednesday, November 16
Community Advocates is offering a virtual De-Escalation Techniques training to teach participants how to defuse a situation and increase safety using verbal de-escalation techniques. This workshop is aimed toward individuals who encounter conflict in the workplace, at home, or in the community, whether you are a parent or educator, work in the helping professions, or otherwise work with the public in potentially tense situations. This training will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on November 16. Details and RSVP here.
Trauma and the Brain: An Introduction
Wednesday, November 16
As a result of this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding as to how trauma affects the brain, discuss risk factors for substance use disorders, and develop their strategy for intervention methods for a particular population.

What we will discuss:
  • Trauma definition
  • How trauma affects the brain
  • Statistics on substance use and ACEs
  • Risk factors
  • Strategies for care
  • Prioritizing risk factors
  • What has your organization done and how has it worked?

This training will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on November 16. Get details and RSVP here.
The Opioid Crisis and the Labor Market
Wednesday, November 16
In this Institute for Research on Poverty webinar, Shannon Monnat of Syracuse University, Anita Mukherjee of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Rourke O'Brien of Yale University will discuss trends in the U.S. opioid crisis and overdose cases related to other drugs, how differences in state-level policy responses to the crisis may be leading to different labor market outcomes, and how automation and other changes in manufacturing employment may be connected to increases in working-age mortality. This session will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on November 16. Register here.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, November 18
Community Advocates is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The next session will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 18 (register by November 11).
Updated Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide
Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide. You can download it here.
Promising Practices
Health Compass Milwaukee has created a database of Promising Practices to inform professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life. Check it out at this link.
CDC Releases the Suicide Prevention Resource for Action
To help states and communities plan and prioritize suicide prevention activities, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is releasing the Suicide Prevention Resource for Action (Suicide Prevention Resource). The Suicide Prevention Resource was previously known as Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices. It is now updated, expanded, and renamed and includes strategies with the best available evidence to make an impact on saving lives. Strategies include those that prevent risk for suicide in the first place and those to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of suicidal behavior for individuals, families, and communities.
#BeThere to Prevent Suicide
We can all #BeThere to prevent suicide by taking actions that can promote healing and help, and give hope. Many people find it difficult to talk about suicide, and especially difficult to know how to talk to someone that is having thoughts of suicide. But there are clear actions that we can take. We can all learn the five steps for how to talk to someone who might be suicidal. Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Connect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.
Visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for more information at
Recursos en español
Cuida Tus Relaciones | Take Care of your Relations
Todos los días nos relacionamos en familia, en el trabajo y en la comunidad, por lo que hay que cuidar la calidad de nuestras relaciones, ya que aquellos en relaciones altamente problemáticas se ven afectados en su salud y o tiene una vida más corta. ¿Pero cómo crear relaciones saludables cuando muchos de nosotros no las tuvimos y no aprendimos de niños en nuestras propias familias? Mira este video de Escucha Tus Emociones.
En español e inglés. 
Back to School - Descarga Del Kit de Herramientas
Mental Health America ha traducido su Back to School Toolkit al español. El kit de herramientas de este año incluye: hojas informativas para padres/maestros; hojas informativas para niños/adolescentes; hojas de trabajo para niños/adolescentes; mensajes clave y estadísticas; artículo de muestra; muestra el lenguaje y las imágenes de las publicaciones en las redes sociales; y hojas informativas, carteles y hojas de trabajo en español. Descarguelo aqui.
Family Resources
For Parents and Caregivers: Talk about Mental Health
A guide for parents and caregivers from on how to talk to your child about mental health, what signs you should look for if your child is struggling, and what to do. Check it out at this link.
Small Talks: How WI Prevents Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a real problem in Wisconsin, and it starts earlier and can be more dangerous than you might think. But parents, loved ones, and other caring adults can make a real difference. All you have to do is talk. That’s right. Having small, casual conversations with kids, starting around age 8, can help prevent underage drinking. Learn more about Small Talks at this link.
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