Issue 11-20 | October 3, 2022
Spotlight On: This is Mental Illness Awareness Week
October is Mental Illness Awareness Month, during which those living with a mental illness, their loved ones and friends, and advocates raise awareness and fight discrimination around the realities of mental illness. This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, which NAMI is centering around the theme "What I Wish I Had Known," to focus on the power of lived experience. NAMI is highlighting the voices of people living with a mental illness to talk about their experiences and what they wish they had known sooner. Topics are:
  • Monday Oct. 3: Stigma
  • Tuesday Oct. 4: Medication [National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding]
  • Wednesday Oct. 5: Therapy
  • Thursday Oct. 6: Disclosing [National Depression Screening Day]
  • Friday Oct. 7: Caregiving

You can access NAMI resources, facts, shareable videos, and more information at this link.
Nueva capacitación en español sobre salud mental y prevención del uso indebido de sustancias para educadores de salud pública
Comienza el miércoles 26 de octubre


New Spanish-Language Mental Health & Substance Misuse Prevention Training for Public Health Educators
Begins Wednesday, October 26
La Campaña de Salud Mental y Emocional "Escucha tus Emociones" y la organización Community Advocates están ofreciendo un entrenamiento integral sobre salud mental y emocional en español.  
El entrenamiento compartirá herramientas prácticas y recursos locales, además de abordar los efectos de la inmigración, la aculturación, el trauma intergeneracional, la discriminación y otros temas relevantes para la realidad de nuestra comunidad. El entrenamiento está diseñado para promotores de salud, líderes comunitarios y profesionales de habla hispana que quieren profundizar sus conocimiento sobre la salud mental y emocional y puedan compartir herramientas útiles en la comunidad para sobrellevar el estrés, la depresión y otros problemas de salud mental y emocional. 
El entrenamiento fue desarrollado por la directora clínica de la campaña y psicoterapeuta licenciada bilingüe Ana Paula Soares con fondos de Better Ways to Cope, un proyecto del "Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services Community Access to Recovery Services." 
El entrenamiento ofrece un enfoque holístico y utilizará abordajes de la psicología contemporánea, la psicosomática y los conocimientos tradicionales de sanación que tienen sus raíces en nuestra cultura ancestral. Como parte del entrenamiento, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de aprender y experimentar cómo liderar grupos en la comunidad compartiendo información psicoeducativas utilizando el material digital desarrollado por la Campaña "Escucha tus Emociones."
La formación es gratuita. Las clases serán en español y se llevarán a cabo de manera virtual y presencial a partir del 26 de octubre.
Para más detalles y para registrarse por favor vaya a: Registro - Entrenamiento de Salud
Mental y Emocional 2022/2023. Para registrarse por teléfono, comuníquese con la Promotora de Salud Ángeles Rodríguez Soria al 414-241-2472.


Community Advocates and Escucha tus Emociones (Listen to your Emotions) Mental Health Campaign is offering a unique and comprehensive mental health and substance misuse prevention training designed by and for the local Milwaukee Spanish-speaking community.

The training was designed for Spanish-speaking health promoters, community leaders, and professionals to deepen their knowledge around mental and emotional health and be able to share useful tools in the community to cope with stress, depression, and other mental health issues. The training is hosted by Community Advocates, and was developed by the Escucha tus Emociones Mental Health Campaign clinical director and bilingual licensed psychotherapist Ana Paula Soares. The training is funded by Better Ways to Cope, a project powered by the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services.

The training is free of charge. Classes will be in Spanish and will be held virtually and in person starting October 26.
For more details and to register please go to: Registro - Entrenamiento de Salud
Mental y Emocional 2022/2023. To register by phone, contact the Promotora de Salud Angeles Rodríguez Soria at (414) 241-2472.
Webinars & Events
Let’s Talk about Intimate Partner Violence:
Overdose Prevention and Intimate Partner Violence –
Unique Risks, Needs and Strategies (Part 4)
Tuesday, October 4
Being abused by an intimate partner can increase the risk of accidental overdose while at the same time isolating survivors from potential sources of safety. Additionally, the stigma and criminalization of substance use is often leveraged by unsafe partners to further abuse and control survivors, increasing the risk of harm, marginalization, and overdose. This session will provide an overview of overdose risk factors and how they intersect with intimate partner violence and substance use coercion, as well as how to tailor evidence-based overdose prevention strategies to better support survivors. This webinar, organized by Great Lakes MHTTC, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on October 4. Details and registration at this link.
Motivational Interviewing Beginning Skills
October 4 & October 11
This two-session professional development opportunity from Share Collaborative will begin your journey of learning Motivational Interviewing (MI) from a trauma-informed, culturally reverent lens.

We will experientially explore:
  • When, how, and why to apply MI in your role with those you serve
  • MI communication skills to heal, honor, and empower behavior change
  • MI Spirit to Hold Space
  • Simple tools for on-going learning
  • Alignments with Cultural Humility and Trauma-Informed Care + Your Wellness

This workshop is designed for all human service professionals and leaders. The event is led by Shawn Smith, member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MIINT), MINT Certified Trainer, and a Founder of Share Collaborative. Shawn has trained MI to thousands of professionals including those serving in workforce development, criminal justice, health care, behavioral health, education, and youth services. CEUs are available per WI - DSPS 166.10 including Psychologists. Get details and RSVP here.
Free Flu Shots & COVID Vaccines
Wednesday, October 5
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee is hosting this first come, first served flu and COVID shots kickoff on October 5—and Mayor Cavalier Johnson will be there! This City of Milwaukee Health Department event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (while supplies last) at 2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee. No registration required.
Trauma-Informed Practices
Wednesday, October 5
To be effective and efficient, organizations must provide their services in ways that do not inadvertently re-traumatize the people receiving support. Becoming trauma-informed means adapting practices, policies, physical spaces, and more to make services more accessible for everyone. This is especially important for people who have lived experiences of trauma, including staff. This class helps learners conceptualize the nature of this problem and offers practices that reduce the risk of re-traumatization. This class, offered by Great Lakes MHTTC, will be held from 12:45 to 3 p.m. on October 5. Register at this link.
Confronting Implicit Bias in Society and Ourselves:
A Four-Part Webinar Series
Every Wednesday in October, Beginning October 5
This series of interactive workshops, hosted by Mountain Plains MHTTC, is designed to support educators and mental health professionals recognize and readdress patterns of bias and inequity in their institutions, their peer networks, and themselves. The sessions are as follows:

Session 1: Role of Bias in Education Disparities (10/5/22)
In the first workshop, participants will review what bias is, examine the role of bias in educational disparities, and consider the implications of their learning in their own contexts.

Session 2: Recognizing and Readdressing Implicit Bias (10/12/22)
In the second workshop, participants will delve deeper into how implicit bias is formed, how to recognize and readdress it in one’s self, and practice some talk moves to support them in addressing others’ biases.

Session 3: Impact Over Intention: Addressing Microaggressions in School (10/19/22)
In the third workshop, participants will explore how implicit bias can surface and harm others through microaggressions, how to address these on an individual scale, and consider strategies to establish a culture of belonging for every student, family, and staff member.

Session 4: From Theory to Praxis: Exploring Real World Scenarios (10/26/22)
In the fourth workshop, participants will have an open frame to explore the culmination of their learning, delve into resources to continue their work in this topic, and examine scenarios to authentically push their theoretical understanding of implicit bias into praxis.

This series will be held Wednesdays in October, beginning at 2 p.m. Sign up for one or all sessions at this link.
Stigma Series Part 1:
Challenging the Stigma Surrounding Addiction
Wednesday, October 5
Substance use disorders (SUD) are some of the most highly stigmatized health conditions worldwide, and stigma creates barriers to early intervention, screening, treatment, and effective recovery. Addressing addiction like a disease instead of a moral failing requires shifts in practice as well as understanding. To challenge stigma, we must revise outdated ways of thinking about addiction to better align with the medical discoveries about what addiction does to the brain, and how it is most effectively addressed.
In the first part of this two-part presentation, participants will learn about the basic principles of stigma, how stigma manifests and is categorized, how individuals with SUD are disproportionately stigmatized, and evidence-based stigma interventions.

This webinar, hosted by the Central East PTTC, will be held from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5. Get details and register at this link.
2023-2028 MKE Elevate
Community Health Improvement Plan Meetings
October 5, 12 & 20 & 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 one of four upcoming community meetings:

Wednesday, October 5, 1– 3 p.m.
Zilber School of Public Health – 5th Floor
1240 N. 10th Street
Wednesday, October 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library Good Hope Branch
7715 Good Hope Road
Thursday, October 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch
906 Historic Mitchell Street
Tuesday, November 1, 5:30– 7:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

The meetings are open to anyone who lives, works, or plays in Milwaukee. Each meeting 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. The meetings are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Interested participants can register at
Virtual Lunch & Learn: SAMHSA’s
Office of Behavioral Health Equity
Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, October 6
Join SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity for a Lunch & Learn to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This virtual learning opportunity will discuss successes of the Familia Adelante intervention with its developer, Dr. Richard Cervantes and spotlight NNEDLearn 2022 Familia Adelante participants through a digital story viewing. The Familia Adelante participants will share about their efforts with implementation of this intervention. In partnership with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association executive director, Mr. Fred Sandoval, MPA, this session will also host an exchange about how SAMHSA can increase behavioral health equity for the Hispanic/Latinx community.

Please click the link below to join this virtual session from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on October 6:

Webinar ID: 161 669 7635
Passcode: 679743
Or One tap mobile:
US: +16468287666,,1616697635#,,,,*679743# or +15512851373,,1616697635#,,,,*679743#
Or Telephone Dial:
US: +1 646 828 7666 or +1 551 285 1373
Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program
Thursdays in October, beginning October 6
Join Advocate Aurora Health’s 4 Week (weekly for four weeks) Smoking Cessation Program, Freshstart, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

The primary goal of Freshstart is to help participants plan a successful quit attempt by teaching effective ways to overcome nicotine dependence. Freshstart is designed to help any tobacco user, including those who may be unsure about wanting to quit, and specifically addresses ambivalence about quitting. The information, activities and discussion topics help participants discover why they smoke and what motivates them to quit.

Freshstart is offered at no cost.
Anyone who wants to quit using tobacco can participate in Freshstart.
You should attend all four sessions for program credit.

Freshstart will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom on four Thursdays in October, beginning on October 6. RSVP and get details here.
The Importance of Emotion Regulation in
Trauma and Everyday Functioning
Thursday, October 6
Join Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee at the Marcus Performing Arts Center for Dr. Nakia Gordon’s presentation on the importance of emotion regulation in trauma and everyday functioning. There will be an hour-long presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. this presentation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on October 6. Get details and register here.
NAMIWalks Your Way 2022
Saturday, October 8
Join NAMIWalks Your Way 2022, which will raise funds so that everyone from every walk of life can have access to the mental health resources and community they deserve. The walk will be held on October 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa. Get details and sign up at this link.
10 Tips to Reduce Conflict:
Practical Verbal De-Escalation Techniques
Monday, October 10
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 October 10. Details and RSVP here.
Triple P Parenting Classes
Tuesdays, October 11 to December 6
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program’s simple, practical strategies have been proven to work around the world. This course, presented by The Parenting Network, includes six classroom sessions and two weeks of personalized support as parents try out their selected strategies (via zoom, phone, or in person). Triple P makes positive, effective parenting a habit! These sessions will be held on eight Tuesdays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning October 11. Parents attending 8 sessions will receive a certificate of completion. For more information or to register, contact the Parent Helpline at 414-671-0566.
NAMI Family-to-Family
Tuesdays, October 18-December 6
NAMI Family-to-Family offers education for family, friends, and significant others with mental health conditions. This free, eight session, evidence-based program is taught by trained family members who have a loved one with a mental health condition. Sessions will be held on eight Tuesdays, October 18-December 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, 1600 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa. To register, contact Susan at or 414-581-3746.
Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid
Tuesday, October 18
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:

Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar
Wednesday, October 19
Join community coalitions, health care providers, public health officials, elected officials and law enforcement and learn the latest in research, policy and effective ways to reduce excessive alcohol use. Keynote speakers are Sean Haley, PhD to talk about the challenges of working in alcohol policy, and Carlton Hall to address the role of prevention and inequity. In addition, there are 16 exciting workshops covering everything from Alcohol Age Compliance Checks, SBIRT, coalitions' successes and topics such as the prevalence of alcohol in suicides, alcohol impact and costs, alcohol licensing, and much more! This seminar will be held virtually and in person at KI Convention Center, Green Bay. Get details and register at this link.
Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Conference
Care for Self, Care for Others: Building Resilient Communities
Preconference October 19; Conference October 20-21
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells
You are invited to join Wisconsin Department of Health Services in person or virtually for the Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Conference. This is Wisconsin's largest annual event focused on the full range of behavioral health care and supports—prevention, harm reduction, intervention, treatment, and recovery services.

This year's event features two keynote sessions and 39 workshops. See the full schedule and information on registration fees at this link.
Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, October 21
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.

Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
Tuesday, October 24 & Thursday, October 26
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 via Zoom on October 24 and October 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. To register, click on our online calendar.
SDC 2022 Summit on Poverty
October 25-27
Join the Social Development Commission (SDC)’s 2022 Summit on Poverty from October 25-27, happening virtually and in-person at the Wisconsin Center.
The goal is to expand learning, engagement, and advocacy by providing access to community action agencies, human service, government, and education professionals nationwide as we address our 2022 Summit on Poverty theme: In Pursuit of Resilience & Self-Determination.
The COVID-19 global pandemic is still a clear & present threat. As a country, we are still experiencing an economic crisis and a reality of racial and economic disparities. The 2022 theme for our annual Summit on Poverty seeks evidence-based, innovative strategies that focus on resiliency and determination. Learn more and register at this link.
Updated Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide
Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide. You can download it here.
Overloaded: Understanding Neglect Podcast
The Overloaded: Understanding Neglect podcast represents the important first step of building a shared understanding of the problem and will serve as a foundation for future innovations in practice, policy, and systems change. Join host Luke Waldo, Director of Program Design and Community Engagement at the Institute for Child and Family Well-being, as he explores these issues with research and policy experts Tim Grove (Wellpoint Care Network), Jennifer Jones (Prevent Child Abuse America), Bryan Samuels (Chapin Hall), and Dr. Kristi Slack (University of Wisconsin), Lived Experience expert Bregetta Wilson (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families) and five of his colleagues from Children’s Wisconsin’s child welfare and child maltreatment prevention programs. Through these conversations, they developed a compelling narrative that seeks to build a shared understanding of the realities of overloaded families, so that we might find solutions that reduce family separations for reasons of neglect. Learn more and listen at this link.
Adapting Evidence-based Practices for
Under-resourced Populations
This SAMHSA guide focuses on research supporting adaptations of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for under-resourced populations. Adaptations involve tailoring care, programs, and services to the cultural, social, gender, and demographic contexts of the people served to yield positive outcomes. Download it here.
#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
Hoja informativa en español de MHA-Wisconsin
De MHA-Wisconsin, aquí hay hojas informativas sobre problemas comunes de salud mental y formas en que puede lidiar con ellos. Puede encontrar las hojas informativas aquí.
Family Resources
The 20 Minute Guide
The 20 Minute Guide is a practical, compassionate and effective roadmap for parents and partners who are concerned about their loved one’s substance use, or want to learn ways to prevent it. The 20 Minute Guide is distributed by CMC:Foundation for Change, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the families and loved ones of people struggling with substance use. Learn more here.

Milwaukee Market Match 2022
Got EBT? Get FREE fruits and veggies with Milwaukee Market Match! Buy $1 with your QUEST card, get $1 of free produce!

¿Usas EBT? ¡Obtén tus frutas y vegetales GRATUITOS con Milwaukee Market Match! Con $1 de compras en la tarjeta QUEST → Te ganarás $1 más de productos agrícolas GRATUITOS.

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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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