The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working to reduce the impact of mental illnesses on Wisconsin’s citizens and communities.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month. Attitudes toward mental health concerns appear to be changing, and there has been growing acceptance towards mental health concerns and support for people living with a mental illness. Still there's more work to do so that more people can be comfortable talking about their experiences and seeking help.
Everyone has mental health
Like physical health, a person's mental health may be good or may need attention. Mental illnesses are common and treatable. Recovery is possible.
Use these resources during the month of May (and throughout the year) to achieve emotional wellness.
Information on Mental Illness
Tips to Boost Mental Health
- Mental Health America: 31 Ways to Work on Your Wellness (PDF)
- MentalHealth.Gov: What is Mental Health?
Talking about feelings and thoughts with family, friends, and co-workers is one way to understand and recognize conditions that may negatively impact mental health and when to seek for those conditions.
Be a Safe Person
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.
Support is Available
Certified Peer Specialists
A Certified Peer Specialist is a person who has not only lived the experience of mental illness but also has had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health supports. They use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with skills training to support peers who have mental illness. Many community organizations who work with individuals experiencing a mental health challenge employ Certified Peer Specialists.
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.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working to address the problem of suicide in Wisconsin. Research and science provide strategies to save lives.