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.

Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health. Here are some steps from that individuals can take toward better mental health.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

All communities regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation face unique challenges or barriers in addressing mental health issues. In many communities, however, these problems are increased by stigma. Help the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and its community partners replace stigma with hope. Take time to understand mental health issues and bring this education to others.


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.

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. Stays are short-term, typically one to five days.

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: July 15, 2016