Department of Health and Human Services
 

Prevention & Awareness

Recovery | Suicide Prevention | | Alcohol Awareness | Mental Health

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Light & Unite Red 2021 

Coinciding with National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, from March 22 - 28, Light & Unite Red will host various virtual events and 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 Behavioral Health Division. 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.

 

 

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, March 22 - 28 

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, or NDAFW, is an annual, week-long, health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners—to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide.

Thank You to Our Light & Unite Red Partners

27th Street Drug Free Coalition     Addiction Policy Forum     Beyond Addiction     Behavioral Health Division     Children's Community Health     COA      Drug Free 53206     Greendale     

Milwaukee Bucks      MCSAP      Milwaukee Fire      Mind Body Soul Dancers      Neu Media      Neu Life      Public Policy Institute

Safe and Sound      SDC     Vivent       VOL     Wraparound      Wounded Wings      

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.

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.

Light & Unite Red logo

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.
  •  
    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.
  •  
    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.
  • Myth-Shattering Resources

    National Drug & Alcohol Fact Week (NDAFW) site

    NDAFW Resources
  • Full Toolkit Here

Light & Unite Red Community Partners

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division | Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services | Oak Creek Health Department | Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin | Greenfield Health Department | WAWM Community Coalition | Tobacco-Free Suburban Milwaukee Counties | Hales Corners Health Department | Milwaukee Fire Department | AIDS Resource Center Of Wisconsin | South Milwaukee Health Department | Children's Community Health Plan | Volition Franklin \ City of Franklin Health Department | Village of Greendale | North Shore Health Department | Greendale Health Department | West Allis Fire Department | Starting Point | Wauwatosa Health Department | Milwaukee Fire Department | Wauwatosa School District | University of WI Milwaukee | Team HAVOC & MKE Heroin Diaries | Community Advocates | City of Milwaukee | City of Greenfield | Washington Ozaukee HD | Vessels of God | Families Moving Forward/ Manna Behavioral Services | MSI | CUPH - UWM | Community Advocates | Washington Ozaukee HD | New Plan Life Services | Assata High School | Milwaukee Public Schools- Auer Avenue | Wraparound Milwaukee| WestCare | Milwaukee Public Schools - Hopkins Lloyd | Hepatha Lutheran Chuck | Milwaukee College Prep School | COA | Hopwell Ministries | Pastors United | Dominican Center | Keefe Avenue / Boys & Girls Clubs | MICAH | Catholic Campaign for Social Justice

 

1 in 12

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

 

 

 

Mental Health Month

May 1-31, 2020

Get Involved

This May, BHD is proud to partner with Mental Health America to recognize Mental Health Month by promoting Fitness #4Mind4Body. We know taking care of both mental and physical health contributes to a person’s overall wellness — and we want your help to share this with people whose health you care about.


 

Online

Throughout May, BHD will share a #4Mind4Body challenge on our FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages encouraging you to make small changes that will make a big impact on your overall wellness. We encourage you to share your progress online using #4Mind4Body.

In Person

Several of our community partners will host free community events to promote Fitness #4Mind4Body. We encourage you to participate wherever you are able and share these with your networks.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

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Suite 301

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205

Our Vision

Together, creating healthy communities.

Our Mission

Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

Our Values

Partnership, Respect, Integrity, 

Diversity, Excellence

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