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Light & Unite Red 2022

Coinciding with National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, from March 22nd - April 1st 

 Light & Unite Red will  spotlight resources available to those in need.

In light of the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the mental health of Milwaukee County residents, Light & Unite Red’s mission is more important than ever. Light & Unite Red promotes community-wide prevention education and is led by the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP). Community organizations, surrounding health departments, high schools, libraries and government entities work together to shine a light on the dangers of substance use and to unite the Milwaukee community to engage in prevention, encourage treatment and support recovery throughout the year.

Why Red?

Red is the national color for substance abuse awareness. Light & Unite Red is a community-wide prevention committee led by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD). In 2018, nearly 50 community organizations, surrounding health departments, high schools, libraries and government entities are working together to shine a spotlight on the dangers of substance use and to unite our community to engage in prevention, encourage treatment and support recovery throughout the year.

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Shine a Light on Social Media

#414GoesRed | #LightUniteRed

Light & Unite Red Toolkit

Everything you need to empower safe, healthy, meaningful lives through the power of prevention.

  • 211info

    (iOS Android)

    211 is an important, national hotline for people who need help with just about anything. Shelter, warmth, broken furnace, addiction, mental health crisis, all can be helped by 211. Now, the national 211 group has an app to make connecting to help even easier.
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    A Friend Asks

    (iOS | Android)

    "A Friend Asks" is a free app that helps provide resources and information if you or a friend are struggling with thoughts of suicide.
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    My3

    (iOS | Android)

    If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, My3 helps you define your network and your plan to stay safe, or to help others do the same.

     

     

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    notOK

    (iOS Android)

    It's okay to be notOK. The notOK app is a free, mental health S.O.S. call. Simply open the app, tap the "notOK" button, and a text message along with your current GPS location will be sent to your pre-selected contacts.
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    Myth-Shattering Resources

    National Drug & Alcohol Fact Week (NDAFW) site

    NDAFW Resources
  • Full Toolkit Here

 

 

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, March 22 - 28

 

Coinciding with National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, from March 22-28, Light & Unite Red 2022 hosted various virtual events and spotlight resources available to those in need:

  • 27th Street West Drug Free Coalition Teen Professional Skills Summit and Job Fair 
  • Vivent Health Free Online Narcan Training
  • MCSAP Virtual Escape Room and Mocktail Tutorial with Erik Kennedy and Sarah Hofman
  • The House of Kings and Priests, Inc.’s Hidden in Plain Sight Zoom Event
  • The House of Kings and Priests, Inc.’s Light & Unite Red Grab n’ Go

 

 

 

Suicide Prevention Week

Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.

 

1 in 12

One in twelve adults, or 17.6 million Americans, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence according to FacingAddiction.org.

 

 

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205

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Together, creating healthy communities.

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