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. Here are some steps to take toward better mental health.
- Connect with others
- Stay positive
- Get physically active
- Help others
- Get enough sleep
- Develop coping skills
- Get professional help if you need it.
Have a Conversation
Everybody has mental health and just like physical health a person's mental health may be good or may need attention. Talking about emotional and social well-being with family, friends, and co-workers is one way to understand and recognize conditions that may negatively impact mental health and when to seek help. Learn more about mental illnesses.
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.