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.

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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

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: August 22, 2016