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.

Be emotionally healthy this holiday season

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Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health.
  • Know your limits. Identify situations that create stress. Prepare a plan to problem-solve for the situations that you can control and don't focus on the issues for which you have little or no control.
  • Simplify your commitments. Organize your time around activities you want to do, and you will enjoy the most. Take time to relax and recover from these activities. It is okay to say no to invitations.
  • Take care of your physical well-being. Exercise regularly and practice moderation in eating and drinking. Get plenty of rest.
  • Embrace your sense of humor. Activate and relieve your stress response by laughing out loud.
  • Volunteer your time and talents. See the world from another angle by helping someone in need, and put your stressors in perspective.

If your mood, thoughts, feelings, and/or actions disrupt your daily living, seek professional help. Emotional health concerns are treatable and recovery is possible. For emotional support and resources to help with any struggle before it becomes a crisis, text HOPELINE to 741741 or call 1-800-662-HELP.

Resources to maintain mental health this time of year



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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.

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: November 20, 2017