Issue 11-24 | November 28, 2022
Spotlight On: MCSAP Celebrates 2022 Impact
Members of the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) took stock of their work in 2022 during their final coalition meeting of the year, organized by Coordinator Ismael Luna and Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator Gloria Marfo. After a lively round of member "speed dating" and a delicious taco bar lunch, members reviewed MCSAP’s impact.

Highlights include:
  • 18,889 people reached on social media
  • 882 students participated in Botvin LifeSkills sponsored by MCSAP
  • 173 people took mental health awareness and substance use prevention trainings via MCSAP
  • 940 people participated in healthy, substance-free activities sponsored by MCSAP
  • Members and partners conducted an assessment throughout Milwaukee County of shops that sell alcohol or tobacco/nicotine so we can better understand how these products are being marketed and sold, especially to our youth.

Expect great things in 2023, when MCSAP will have a new look and even greater impact.
Great American Smokeout
How’s your quit journey coming along? Charlie Leonard, Coordinator of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, spent their Great American Smokeout engaging students at UWM about the benefits of quitting smoking, even if the journey is rough. It’s always the right time to quit!
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference Call for Presentations
Submit a proposal to present a breakout session at the 13th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference: Holding Space. The conference will be held virtually on Zoom April 13-14, 2023. Preconference workshops will occur on April 12. Get details and submit your proposal before January 27, 2023, at this link.
MHA-WI Alternatives to Suicide Support Group
Alternatives to Suicide is a peer-led support group that allows participants to talk about suicidal thoughts, feelings, or experiences without fear of being judged. Participants share their struggles and successes, provide support for one another, and strategize about alternatives to help each other best cope with difficult life circumstances. People are encouraged to come in both times of strength and challenge; you need not be in crisis to attend this group. MHA-WI is providing virtual (for now) Alternatives to Suicide support groups. The group will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., online via Zoom. These groups are free to attend and welcome to any adults 18 years or older. Click here for details.
Webinars & Events
Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
Wednesday, November 30, Tuesday, December 13
& Wednesday, December 28
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 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; on December 13, from 9 to 11 a.m.; and on December 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. To register, click on our online calendar.
Daring to Consider SWIM as Truly Global, as It Is Local, in Its Services: Responding to Our Newcomer Neighbors
Thursday, December 8
Join Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) at the Marcus Performing Arts Center for a presentation by Sebastian Ssempijja, Ph.D., on how we can accommodate refugees and acknowledge and care for their mental health needs. This event will include an hour-long presentation followed by a Q&A session. Ssempijja is a licensed psychologist and CEO and Clinic Director of Sebastian Family Psychology Practice LLC in Glendale. This session will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on December 8. Get details and register at this link.
10 Tips to Reduce Conflict:
Practical Verbal De-Escalation Techniques
Monday, December 12
Do you want to learn how to defuse a situation before it spirals out of control? Do you want to understand why and how conflict builds and what you can do to resolve it?

During this two-hour virtual workshop, you will learn how to increase safety by utilizing verbal de-escalation techniques. Participants will explore foundational information on how to reduce the level of conflict through self-knowledge, understand how past experiences influence current behavior, and practice 10 tips of de-escalation. 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 session will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on December 12. RSVP here.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, December 16
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 December 16 (register by December 9).
Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 17
Get in the holiday spirit with this fun event with Santa and friends, plus free pictures, a toy giveaway, face painting, and more. Kids must be present; registration is required. This gathering is presented by COA Youth & Family Centers and will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on December 17, at 2320 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. If you would like to be a vendor, click here. To register your family, click here.
Updated Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide
Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide. You can download it here.
From Crisis to Care: Building from 988 and Beyond for Better Mental Health Outcomes
A series of 10 technical assistance collaborative papers providing important resources for state leaders, policy makers, providers, peers and others to learn from examples around the country and hear from thought leaders about innovative services and the need for further 988 implementation. Produced by SAMHSA in conjunction with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Download it here.
Mental Health in Our Native American Communities, Fall 2022
Developed by the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC, this issue focuses on tools and resources to provide culturally informed suicide prevention services, especially for Native youth and young adults. Access it here.
National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Crisis Care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through SAMHSA, released a new report, National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care, which describes the urgent need to improve crisis response services for children, youth, and families and provides guidance on how communities can address the existing gaps in care for youth.
NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza:
Mental Wellness in the Latinx Community
Lack of information surrounding mental health issues can prevent people in Hispanic/Latinx communities from getting the help and support they need.

Compartiendo Esperanza is a three-part video series in English and Spanish that explores the journey of mental wellness in Hispanic/Latinx communities through dialogue, storytelling and a guided discussion on the following topics:

  • Youth and Mental Wellness: “Sanando Juntos”/“Healing Together”
  • Community Leaders and Mental Wellness: “Las Raíces de Nuestra Sanación”/“The Roots of Our Healing”
  • Latinx Families and Mental Wellness: “La Mesa”/“The Table”

#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
“Mental Health Minute” con Ana Paula Soares
De “Better Ways to Cope”, aquí hay una entrevista con Ana Paula Soares sobre la salud mental y los residentes hispanos/latinos de Milwaukee.
NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza:
Bienestar Mental en la Comunidad Latinx
La falta de información sobre los problemas de salud mental puede impedir que las personas de las comunidades hispanas/latinas obtengan la ayuda y el apoyo que necesitan.

Compartiendo Esperanza es una serie de videos de tres partes en inglés y español que explora el viaje del bienestar mental en las comunidades hispanas/latinx a través del diálogo, la narración de historias y una discusión guiada sobre los siguientes temas:

  • Juventud y Bienestar Mental: “Sanando Juntos”/“Healing Together”
  • Líderes Comunitarios y Bienestar Mental: “Las Raíces de Nuestra Sanación”/“The Roots of Our Healing”
  • Familias Latinx y Bienestar Mental: “La Mesa”/“The Table”

Family Resources
Small Talks: How WI Prevents Underage Drinking
Small Talks is how Wisconsin prevents underage drinking. Learn how these parents worked through their stage fright and started having short, frequent, casual conversations with their kids about alcohol.  Learn more about Small Talks at this link.
MHA Getting Started Guide for New Caregivers
As people become more comfortable talking about and seeking help for mental health concerns, more and more people find themselves becoming caregivers. November is National Family Caregivers Month, and MHA has created an online guide to help new mental health caregivers navigate their role. Topics include getting started, challenging stigma, caregiving in the treatment setting, and understanding challenges during recovery. You can find the guide at this link.
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