What will you be talking about this May?
May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, the Behavioral Health Division is hosting a month-long campagin to foster community conversations about mental health. And we're sharing what we've learned during those conversations using #myMHconvo.
One of the best things we can do for our mental health is encourage friends and loved ones to talk about it - just like we do with our physical health. Talking about mental health can break down stigma. You don't have to be an expert to talk and to listen, and often, it's the little things that make a big difference.
We hope these activities and events will provide our community with opportunities to engage in mental health conversations many different ways.
Community Conversation inspires innovation and collaboration
Milwaukee County's Behavioral Health Division kicked off Mental Health Month on May 4 with a community conversation about mental health services in Milwaukee County facilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. The event aimed to gather feedback from participants that will help to shape behavioral health services and programs for next year. More than 60 members of our community joined and shared their thoughts, opinions and experiences in small groups led by professional facilitators from the Zeidler Center.
If you were not able to participate and would like to provide your input, please participate in our online survey. At the Behavioral Health Division, it's important to us that everyone who would like to can contribute to the planning process. The more input we get, the more we're able to cater our programs and services to the community we serve.
Visit our facebook page to see photos from the Community Conversation.
Start a conversation about mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month
Download and share the 2017 Mental Health Awareness Month Toolkit
We've created a campagin toolkit for Mental Health Awareness Month to make it even easier to get people talking about mental health. Add your organization's logo and contact information on the materials so people can reach out to you for more information and to talk about mental health.
By using the toolkit, you will help members of our community:
- Start talking about mental health
- Understand that mental illness can affect anyone at any stage of life
- Become familiar with the early warning signs of mental illness
- Know who to contact to get help today
The toolkit includes:
- Print materials: Mental health FAQ, myths and facts, flyers, sample Prevention Week proclamation, links to mental health infographics
- Media Materials: Key messages and statistics, sample press release
- Social Media: Posts and images
Download the toolkit
Download the social media graphics Facebook /Twitter
Download the My mental health convo flyer /poster
Download the Children and mental health flyer /poster
Download the Event Announcement fyer /poster
Children and Mental Health
Download and share BHD's new video on the three pillars of healthy development for children
Mental illness knows no bounds. Everyone can suffer at any stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Positive mental health for children begins with healthy development. We find there are three overarching themes to a child’s health development that prepares them socially, emotionally and educationally to survive traumatic experiences and prevent mental health crisis.
Did you know? 13% of children ages 8-15 suffer from a mental illlness in a given year and about half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14
Find out what you can do to prevent child mental illness before it starts.
Watch the video
Share our stories (and yours!)
Each week in May, we're partnering with community organizations throughout Milwaukee County to put a spotlight on new mental health topics such as children's mental health resources, mental health specialists and actions you can take to help prevent mental illness. We're sending weekly e-blasts with new information abou tmental health and sharing it on social media.
- Subscribe to our eblast list to receive weekly emails throughout May on mental health topics.
- Follow us and share our posts on Facebook and Twitter
- Share your mental health story by using #myMHconvo
Attend a community event
Many Behavioral Health Division partners are hosting events as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Start the conversation about mental health at an event or tell us about your event!
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||May 28 - 31
- Tuesday, May 2 - A Mother's Struggle: Understanding Perinatal Depression and Anxiety 12- 1 p.m. - MCW HRC Auditorium - RSVP
- Wednesday, May 3 - Marquette University's Breaking the Silence prevention live town hall forum. More info. RSVP.
- Thursday, May 4 - Children's Mental Health Day
- Thursday, May 4 - Zeidler Center Facilitated Conversation
- Thursday, May 4 - Men Helping Men Support Group Meeting 6:30- 8:00 p.m. Plymouth United Church of Christ
- Saturday, May 13 - Knights Against Substance Abuse 5K Awareness Walk and Charity Fundraiser - Oak Creek High School
- Monday, May 15 - Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Day
- Tuesday, May 16 - Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse
- Wednesday, May 17 - Prevention of Prescription & Opiod Drug Misuse
- Thursday, May 18 - Prevention of Illicit Drug use & Marijuana Use
- Friday, May 19 - Prevention of Suicide (Gun lock distribution)
- Monday, May 22 - Red Balloon Support Group Meeting - Shorewood Village Center