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.

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Be emotionally healthy this holiday season

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


Support is available

The Division of Care and Treatment 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.

Community Programs

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.

Suicide Prevention

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working to address the problem of suicide in Wisconsin. Research and science provide strategies to save lives.

Last Revised: November 29, 2016