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 Month
May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health concerns. Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health. Use these resources during the month of May (and throughout the year) to achieve emotional wellness.
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 at all stages of mental illness, but early action makes it easier to get better.
Information on mental illnesses
31 tips to boost mental health during May is Mental Health Month
7 steps for better mental health
- Connect with others
- Stay positive
- Get physically active
- Help others
- Get enough sleep
- Develop coping skills
- Get professional help, if needed
Worksheets to identify challenging feelings and thoughts
- What's Underneath (PDF, 2.0 MB): People aren't always good at identifying their true feelings. When asked about feelings, most people usually say they feel: bad, sad, mad, good, or fine. But underneath "bad, sad, mad, good, or fine" are many words that can further describe how someone feels. Taking the time to slow down and more specifically identify feelings can improve communication and relationships with others.
- Think Ahead (PDF, 1.9 MB): Organizing thoughts and taking steps to feel better can be tough when feeling challenged by mental illness. That's why it is important to think ahead. When feeling well and able, use this worksheet to prepare or plan ahead.
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 for these conditions.
Support is available
The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services oversees a variety of prevention and healthy living programs to promote positive emotional and social well-being and recovery from a mental illness.
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. These places offer a safe, supportive environment during times of increased stress or difficulty. Stays are short-term, typically one to five days.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working to address the problem of suicide in Wisconsin. Research and science provide strategies to save lives.