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Substance Use, Suicide Prevention, and Mental Health

Events and discussion aimed to normalize mental health
Post Date:04/26/2019 12:14 PM

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, it can be a lot to handle. Mental health can also be an awkward or avoided topic, and we want to change that. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Wauwatosa Health Department is offering a number of programs to normalize mental health discussion:

“Not My Teen: Substance Use in Wauwatosa” – Wednesday, May 1st @ City Hall

  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Teen Bedroom Exhibit & Resource Fair
  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker - Dr. Fidlin - “How Drug Use Affects the Adolescent Mind”

Walk through a teen bedroom exhibit and learn to recognize signs of drug use.

“Suicide Prevention: Know the Warning Signs” – Wednesday, May 15th @ City Hall

  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Program for Youth ages 12-18
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Program for Adults age 18+

Both sessions include a screening of Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge – a short, animated documentary and Suicide Prevention Training:

  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

“Mental health and substance use are among the top concerns of our community. Reducing stigma by talking about both of these topics can go a long way toward preventing them from happening in the future,” says Health Officer Laura Conklin.

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