Mental Health - Healthy Living

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working to reduce the impact of mental illnesses on Wisconsin’s citizens and communities. Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health. Everybody has mental health and just like physical health a person's mental health may be good or may need attention. Here are some steps to take toward better mental health.

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Back to School Mental Health Check

Talking about mental health concerns can be scary, but the help available is worth it. Youth and young adults (and their families) are encouraged to use this time of year to have a conversation about mental well-being.

  • 50 percent of all mental health concerns begin by the age of 14
  • 75 percent begin by the age of 24

Early identification and early intervention is essential to current and future mental well-being.

Be a Safe Person

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Join the "Safe Person" campaign! Let others know that you want to offer a non-judgmental listening ear and effective support when able. "Safe Person" campaign members commit to uphold seven promises.

Learn the seven promises and get a decal to show your commitment.




Support is Available

Community Programs

Peer Run Respites

Peer Run Respites are for individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns. There are locations in Appleton, Madison, and Menomonie. Each location offers a safe, supportive environment during times of increased stress or difficulty.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a leading cause of death—and it's preventable. Get resources to save lives.

Last Revised: July 31, 2017