Issue 8-10 | May 6, 2019
Spotlight On:
Spring Wellness Fair
to Celebrate May as Mental Health Month
Saturday, May 11
Boost your health and happiness at our Spring Wellness Fair! This free, family-friendly event offers demonstrations, resources, free food at lunchtime, games, raffles, and prizes to celebrate May as Mental Health Month.

Join us Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Community Advocates Training Center, 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. Brought to you by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • 9 – 9:45: Yoga with Denna Haslett, Grounded Soul Yoga
  • 10 – 10:45: Mindfulness with Ambrose WB, MISPIBO Fitness
  • 11 – 11:45: Basketball Shootaround with Cream Skills Basketball Association
  • 11:30 – 1: Lunch
  • 12:15 – 12:45: Line Dancing with Mind Body Soul Urban Line Dancers
  • 1 – 1:45: Lyric/Poetry Workshop with Joshua Jenkins
  • 2 – 2:45: Martial Arts with Frederick Coleman, Studio69

Aurora Family Service | Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin | Diverse & Resilient | MHS Wisconsin | Milwaukee County Energy Assistance | Milwaukee Fire Department | Milwaukee Recreation | Milwaukee Women’s Center | Peace of Heart | Social Development Commission | More to come!

Register now to let us know you’re coming! RSVP at .
Safe Summer Community Healing Project Funding Announcement
The City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention will release a Request for Proposals this week. Milwaukee community-based organizations can apply for funds of up to $25,000 to conduct community healing projects in the summer of 2019 targeting priority neighborhoods of the Blueprint for Peace . Projects should implement neighborhood-based strategies that promote healing, restorative practices, and resilience for youth ages 12-24 and families who reside in Milwaukee priority neighborhoods and have experienced trauma or who are at risk of trauma. Projects should be completed by September 30, 2019. For more information, including the deadline to apply and the date of the optional information session, check the Office of Violence Prevention website for the Request for Proposal, tentatively to be posted on or around Wednesday, May 8.
Save the Date
Advancing Behavioral Health Summit
Monday, June 10
~Registration Is Open~
The Second Annual Advancing Behavioral Health Summit , pres ented by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment , will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells . This event is free. Space is limited, so please register in advance here . This year’s keynote speaker, John Kania, is a renowned expert in systems and social change. 
Wisconsin’s Annual Drug Endangered Children’s Conference with
The National Drug Endangered Children’s Conference
July 16-18
~Registration Is Open~
The national and Wisconsin conference on drug endangered children will be held at the La Crosse Center (300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse) from July 16-18. Jerry Moe, the national director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program, will provide the opening keynote speech, while Carlton Hall, a former leader with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), will offer the closing plenary. Breakout topics include reports on drug trends, drug endangered children and driving, as well as an in-depth look at meth’s impact on children. You can find more information and register here.
Fourth Annual Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference
August 1 & 2
~Registration Is Open~
The Fourth Annual Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference, "Recovery Outside the Box,"  is designed to demonstrate aspects of effective peer support within community services of mental health and substance use recovery. Peers, consumers, and service providers are able to enhance their individual skills and explore innovative applications of peer support in various communities statewide. Keynote speakers are Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, on "The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor for Peer Specialists," and Pardeep Singh Kaleka on "Embracing Survivorship and Repairing Harm." The conference will be held Thursday, August 1, and Friday, August 2, at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Onalaska. Get details and register here .
Free Line Dance for Wellness Classes
May 7, 14, 21, 28
To celebrate Mental Health Month, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and Mind Body & Soul Dancers are offering free line dance classes every Tuesday in May. Everything is free, including light refreshments, dancing, and a lot of positive energy and stress relief. These family-friendly classes will be held every Tuesday throughout May from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. Register here to let the organizers know you’re coming.
Strategies for LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness in Out-of-School-Time Programs
Wednesday, May 8
Register to join an online discussion about the adaptations Minnesota 4-H is working on to create best practices and guidance for implementing inclusivity for LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-school programs. Strategies for engaging rural audiences in LGBTQ+ inclusivity will be shared. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Complimentary Car Seat Checks
May 9 & May 22
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Safe Kids of Southeast Wisconsin will be hosting two free car and booster seat safety checks during May. The checks will take approximately 40 minutes per car seat, and a limited amount of low-priced seats will be available for purchase for families who have qualifying income (proof is required).
  • Thursday, May 9, at Cudahy Fire Department, Station 2, 3115 E. Ramsey Ave, Cudahy, from 3 to 6 p.m. To reserve a spot in advance, call 414-769-2239.
  • Wednesday, May 22, at New Berlin Fire Department, Station 1, 16260 W. National Ave., New Berlin, from 3 to 6 p.m. To reserve a spot, please click here.
You’re Not Alone Premiere
Monday, May 13
Rory Linnane of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will premiere the documentary You’re Not Alone , a collaborative effort between Linnane, USA Today Network-Wisconsin, and Milwaukee PBS, on Monday, May 13, at Milwaukee Pius XI High School, 175 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. The film follows four youth on their journey with mental health, overcoming obstacles including bullying, assault and incarceration, eventually finding the love and support they need through strong networks.

The premiere begins at 7 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to arrive an hour earlier to network and view the many resources available. You can find tickets to the premiere here . Want to provide a resource table or volunteer as a counselor for any youth who may need someone to talk to? Email Linnane.
WGIRLS Milwaukee Presents:
A Night Under the Big Top
A Fundraiser for the Milwaukee Women's Center
Friday, May 17
Head downtown for an evening of dancing and entertainment -- all for an amazing cause.

WGIRLS Milwaukee is proud to host A Night Under the Big Top, a gala at The Westin Milwaukee to raise $50,000 for Milwaukee Women’s Center of Community Advocates .

You'll enjoy carnival games, a silent auction, raffle prizes, a wine and beer pull, and live entertainment!

All proceeds will support the Milwaukee Women's Center Emergency Shelter, which gives hope and safety to the hundreds of domestic violence victims seeking shelter in our city. Your presence at the event will help families build the new beginning they deserve.

Buy tickets or donate at
Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Abuse Prevention Practitioners Online Course
May 20-31
Preparing for prevention specialist certification? Sign up now for Prevention Solutions@EDC’s six-hour moderated online ethics course. Endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and NAADAC-certified, this interactive learning experience explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. Register now. 
Research & Resources
After a School Tragedy… Readiness, Response, Recovery & Resources
The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office  offers a new resource to help schools support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma. It includes: Strategies to assist schools with readiness, response, and recovery to help a school community support resilience in the event of a tragedy; places to turn to for more resources; terminology and concepts related to suicide and grief. The publication also highlights the importance of providing culturally responsive services, with examples of cultural considerations for schools to help Hispanic/Latino students struggling with grief and trauma. Download it here .   
May is Mental Health Month Toolkit 
This year’s toolkit from Mental Health America will feature focuses on animal companionship, work/life balance, humor, standard toolkit graphics, and many other relevant items. You can access the full version here .
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