Issue 9-25 | December 7, 2020
MCSAP and Safe & Sound’s Holiday Resource Fair
Tuesday, December 8
Tune in to this online holiday wellness resource fair to hear from great organizations like Safe & Sound, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Rogers Behavioral Health, Community Medical Services, Vivent, UMOS, Dose of Reality & Samad's House so that you will end 2020 on a positive note. Plus: virtual grab bags, music and prizes, including a $20 Grubhub gift card.

Register for the Zoom session at this link. Otherwise, we will be streaming this event live on MCSAP’s Facebook page at 5 p.m. on December 8.
Using Social Media Effectively to Maximize Your Coalition Reach
Thursday, December 17
The ARC Alliance will be providing a training on Using Social Media Effectively to Maximize Your Coalition Reach. In this presentation you will learn how as a coalition member you can amplify, engage, and increase your brand and prevention message in your local community. The MCSAP-sponsored training will be held December 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. RSVP at this link.
Save the Date
11th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference
April 29 & 30, 2021
The 11th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference will take place as an online event Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, 2021. There may be pre-conference offerings on Wednesday, April 28, but details about content and other sessions will be announced as proposals are reviewed and confirmed. The Call for Proposals is live. For those interested in presenting at the 2021 conference, please submit a proposal using this survey link. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee or would like to help identify conference content, please email PSW.
Webinars & Events
Fatherhood Bridge Program / Programa Puente de la Paternidad
Wednesday, December 9 / Miércoles 9 de diciembre
MPS students who are fathers are invited to join this group of young fathers and learn about resources and opportunities that will help you and your child. The groups get together on Google Meet from 10 to 11 a.m. once a month. The next group will meet on December 9. Click here to register.

Los estudiantes de MPS que son padres están invitados a unirse a este grupo de padres jóvenes y aprender sobre los recursos y oportunidades que los ayudarán a usted y a su hijo. Los grupos se reúnen en Google Meet de 10 a 11 a.m. una vez al mes. El próximo grupo se reunirá el 9 de diciembre. Haga clic aquí para registrarse.
Zoom, Zoom:
Helping Your Virtual Sessions Take Off
for School & Youth Providers
Wednesday, December 9
The Great Lakes MHTTC School-based Supplement is hosting this webinar to help educators focus on the pragmatic questions of how to do virtual sessions, with practical suggestions about what helps and what interferes with client engagement, how to prevent problems, and how to manage when challenges arise. The instructors will use a dynamic blend of didactic, discussion and activities to explore these issues and keep learners engaged. This session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 9. Register here.
Community Conditions that Strengthen Families
Thursday, December 10
The Center for the Study of Social Policy is offering this interactive discussion on Thursday, December 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., about work underway to explore how we can improve community conditions that strengthen families. Learn about the results of a survey done earlier this year, dig in to the themes CSSP found in the survey, and share your own thoughts about what directions this work should take next. Sign up for the Zoom session here.
U R It Suicide Prevention
Sunday, December 13 & Sunday, December 27
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, AMRI Counseling Services, and U R It Movement are sponsoring two addition webinars focused on suicide prevention. Click on the links below to register.

Understanding Self-Injury
Thursday, December 17 
Sera Davidow and Cindy Hadge from Wildflower Alliance will be presenting on understanding self-injury from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. RSVP on the Facebook event page to engage with us and share with others who may be interested, but please be sure to register in advance through this survey link.
Hold On To Your Butt MKE - Community Update
Friday, December 18
Join Hold On To Your Butt MKE for a virtual update on their efforts to prevent and reduce the harm posed by trash related to smoking and vaping. Please use this link to register for the Zoom event.
Stewards of Children
Friday, December 18
Stewards of Children is a call to action for all adults to help prevent the sexual abuse of children. This Registry-approved training includes a workbook, a video presentation, and group discussion, as well as a refresher on the responsibilities of Mandated Reporters. These presentations are sponsored by The Parenting Network from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon on December 18 via Zoom. Call 414-671-0566 for details and to register.
Suicide in Wisconsin:
Impact & Response Report Social Media Shareables
In addition to accessing the newly released Suicide in Wisconsin report (September 2020) as a DHS publication and online PDF, there is now have a clickable version on the PSW website and a collection of social media shareables. These shareables are graphics that highlight key findings and prevention strategies. Please use these graphics to share about the new report in trainings, social media posts, and other types of presentations and messaging in your own work. PSW will be posting them weekly to Facebook and Instagram. Feel free to follow and re-share.

PSW also created a Suicide Prevention Planning Worksheet to assist with implementation of the report’s strategies locally. This worksheet is not sector specific, so you may choose to use it in a variety of settings to help guide your local suicide prevention work. Download as a PDF or request an editable Publisher file by emailing PSW.
Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Sought
A UW-Madison School of Social Work researcher seeks to connect with formerly incarcerated individuals in Milwaukee to interview by phone about their health behaviors and cardiovascular health. To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years old, live in Milwaukee, and have been incarcerated at least once in the last 5 years. In exchange for participating, they will be compensated a $50 VISA gift card. If you’re interested contact Greg Wilson at 608-620-4919 or Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo at
Milwaukee Financial Navigator Program
The City of Milwaukee, in partnership with Riverworks Development Corporation, has created the Financial Navigator program. Through this free service, Milwaukee residents can connect remotely with a trained Financial Navigator to receive one-on-one guidance on managing their financial issues. Trained Financial Navigators employed by the Riverworks Financial Clinic will work with residents over the phone to provide information and resources. Residents can call to receive help on a variety of financial topics including budgeting, mortgage assistance, and credit scores.

The Financial Navigators program is designed to help residents deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is a critical part of the City of Milwaukee’s response efforts. Click here or call 414-882-7440 for details and set up a session. Services are available in English and Spanish.
Hold On To Your Butt MKE
DIY Cigarette Receptacles and Cleanup Kits
If you are sick of cigarette litter fouling up your living area, get some help from Hold On To Your Butt MKE. They’re offering do it yourself cigarette butt receptacles and clean up kits for your use. Since the forecast looks good for a while, why not put your time outdoors to good use? Click here for details and to order.
Food Resources
If you are looking for where to get food right now, visit 211 Wisconsin, dial 211, or text your ZIP code to 898211. FoodShare is another great way to get the food you need for your family! If you are interested in applying to receive EBT benefits, please visit Wisconsin's Access website. Find more information from Hunger Task Force.
Community Advocates' COVID-19 Resource Pages
Home To Stay
Home To Stay is a new website full of resources for people returning from incarceration developed by the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council’s Milwaukee Reentry Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. New entries are being added, so check this site often.
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