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 from mentalhealth.gov that individuals can 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 needed
Back to School Mental Health Check
Talking about mental health concerns can be scary, but the help available is worth it. Youth and young adults (and their families) are encouraged to use this time of year to have a conversation about mental well-being.
- 50 percent of all mental health concerns begin by the age of 14
- 75 percent begin by the age of 24
Early identification and early intervention is essential to current and future mental well-being.
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. These places offer 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.