The Power of Community: 10 Coalitions Share Lessons Learned to Boost Mental Health Outcomes in Wisconsin

Medical College of Wisconsin Releases Mental Health Strategy Guide

Communities across the state are taking a new approach to support the mental health of their residents, with several initiatives aimed at improving outcomes. The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative has compiled lessons learned from 10 coalitions statewide, showcasing what works best in various regions.

One such coalition is Connections for Mental Wellness in Green Bay, which has seen success with initiatives like providing mental health care in schools, training on mental health “first-aid,” and a mental health services navigation website. Executive director Kathleen McKee explains that each coalition is focusing on specific strategies to improve mental health outcomes and track progress over time.

The MyConnectionNEW.org website has been visited over 350,000 times by individuals seeking support since its launch. Over 750 people in Brown County have also been trained to recognize signs of a mental health crisis and provide appropriate support and resources to those in need.

McKee emphasizes the importance of talking openly about mental health and seeking help when needed, as it is a sign of strength. By sharing their successes and resources with other communities, they hope to continue making a positive impact on mental health support statewide.

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