Issue 9-8 | April 13, 2020
Spotlight On:
Mental Health & COVID-19
As the coronavirus public health emergency continues, many are struggling with their emotions, recovery, and wellness. We've collected COVID-19-specific resources to help kids, adults, families, and caregivers learn more about the impact of the pandemic on one's mental health and how to manage stress and anxiety and maintain good mental health throughout. Here are some links, but you can also check out Community Advocates' online resource pages for more information.

The Resilient Wisconsin Initiative from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services has many resources for understanding and managing stress and anxiety during difficult times, as well as tips for coping, with an extra emphasis on caregivers.

  • For English: 800-985-5990 
  • For Spanish: 800-985-5990 select option2 or text Hablanos to 66746
  • For deaf or hard of hearing individuals, call the TTY line at 800-846-8517 
  • Text TalkWithUs to 66746

Community Advocates' COVID-19 Resource Pages:

We update these pages frequently. If you have a resource you'd like us to share, please email .
Smoking, Vaping, Cigar & CBD Shops Are "Non-Essential Workplaces" in Wisconsin
WPHA and WALHDAB 2020 Public Health Conference Canceled
Wisconsin Public Health Association and Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards are canceling their annual Public Health Conference, which was to be held May 19-21 in Green Bay. They are working to re-organize the Public Health in Practice Conference, scheduled for August 11-12 in Oshkosh, to be a combined conference with the Annual Public Health Conference. Get details and deadline extensions at this link.
Communities Respond to COVID-19 with
Innovative High-Impact Strategies Webinar
Thursday, April 23
Brought to you by the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health, this is the first of a two-part series to learn about actionable and accessible strategies that diverse communities are initiating to move through these difficult times. The second part will be held May 21. Sign up for this webinar here.
COVID-19 Response Grant Program
A new funding opportunity from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will help UW-Madison researchers and community organizations respond to the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Response Grant Program is a strategic, flexible, rapid-response mechanism designed to support innovative, responsive, high-impact projects that aim to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by lessening the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through scientific, medical, or public health approaches and/or by supporting those most at risk or experiencing the greatest disparities in care. Deadline to apply is April 15. Get details here.
Opioid Forum Postponed
The Opioid Forum scheduled for May 5-7, 2020, in the Wisconsin Dells has been postponed in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Updates on the future of this year's conference will be posted on the DHS website . If you have reserved a hotel room at the Kalahari Resort for this event, contact them to cancel your reservation. 
May Is Mental Health Month
Mental Health America’s toolkit for Mental Health Month, in May, is now online. The theme is “Tools 2 Thrive” and offers resources on maintaining good mental health as well as information on COVID-19 and mental health. Download it here.
Home To Stay
Home To Stay is a new website full of resources for people returning from incarceration developed by the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council’s Milwaukee Reentry Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. New entries are being added, so check this site often.
Wisconsin Zero Suicide Training Applications Deadline Extended
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin is extending its deadline for the Wisconsin Zero Suicide Training to Tuesday, June 2, at 4 p.m. The application narrative and Organizational Self-Study must be submitted via email to Cara Hansen at
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