"Back to School" for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
Tuesday, May 3
To put the focus on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, County Executive David Crowley gave students at Reagan High School a mental health assignment — and on Tuesday, May 3 he went there to check their work. Watch online as students answer the questions in the county executive’s project, share a video they’ve created about the supportive resources they’ve found in the community, and talk about what else they have been doing to bring awareness to mental health issues. A short performance from the popular local production of "Pieces: In My Own Voice" also took place.
Community Open House Celebrating National Minority Health Month
Tuesday, April 26
On Tuesday, April 26, County Executive Crowley took part in a community open house at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (1531 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee) to celebrate National Minority Health Month. National Minority Health Month is observed in April each year and builds awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in people from racial and ethnic minority groups.
"As we have this conversation about mental health, we absolutely believe that it has contributed to the violence, and to the drug use that we have seen in this community," Crowley said, "because they weren't getting the necessary resources that they need."
Suicide Is Preventable Resource Event
Wednesday, March 30
On Wednesday, March 30, County Executive Crowley was joined by Arnitta Holliman, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Dr. Maria Elena Perez, Vice President of Behavioral Health, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Mary Neaubauer, Milwaukee Mental Health Board, and Andrea Nauer Waldschmidt, Behavioral Health Services and Co-chair for Prevent Suicide of Greater Milwaukee in our second Community Health and Healing Series event.
This event focused on suicide awareness and prevention and the mental health and wellness resources available in the heart of the community.
A Conversation About Mental Health
Thursday, March 10
On Thursday, March 10, County Executive Crowley hosted the first event in the "Community Health & Healing Series," a set of conversations that focuses on connecting residents to mental health resources and eliminating barriers to services. Renowned clinician Dr. Ramel Kweku Smith moderated the conversation, which took place at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum, 2620 W. Center St., with an audience of professionals from the behavioral health community.
"This is a difficult time for our communities throughout the county," County Executive Crowley said. "There are people in our neighborhoods with unaddressed mental health and behavioral health needs — many of which have gone ignored for generations. We need to heal our community and move forward with a plan to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents."