Summer of Healing event connects community with mental health resources


At their last Summer of Healing event, the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention showcased community mental health resources available to those who may be struggling.

Saturday’s event at Sherman Park coincided with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Tarsha Wiggins is the founder of Speak Wellness Behavioral Health and Consulting, which focuses on “removing the stigma of mental health in black and brown communities”.

She said events like Saturday’s are important because “we have to be in our community, we have to show our faces to the community to understand that when you are having difficulty in life you should not be isolated.”

Tarsha Wiggins of Speak Wellness Behavioral Health and Consulting speaks with a resident

“When you hang out with other people, you realize that you don’t go through this thing alone, but more importantly, I have people, resources, other things around me that can help me, but you don’t. know that when you’re in your house crying all alone, ”Wiggins said.

Other organizations had booths at the event, including Wraparound Milwaukee, which specializes in children’s mental health services. The organization has a crisis stabilization center for young people which offers a therapeutic stay to young people rather than hospitalization.

Community activist Felicia Moore chats with Maria Castillo of Wraparound Milwaukee

The Parenting Network specializes in helping parents with children with mental health issues. The organization has workshops for parents, including lessons on stress management and dealing with fighting and aggression in children.

Community health services focus on people struggling with substance abuse, particularly opioid dependence. A spokesperson for the organization said they were focusing on helping people with withdrawal symptoms during drug withdrawal.

Rogers Behavioral Health was also present. The Rogers Network provides inpatient and outpatient options for people struggling with suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, or mental health issues.

The Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and 414Life reached out to the Sherman Park neighborhood to educate neighbors about the event and provide door-to-door suicide prevention resources.

Community mental health resources

  • Speak Wellness Behavioral Health and Consulting – call 414-315-7544 or email [email protected]
  • Wraparound Milwaukee – contact Maria Castillo, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 414-257-4766 or [email protected]
  • The Parenting Network – contact the parenting helpline at 414-671-0566
  • Community medical services – dial 1 855 203-6352
  • Rogers Behavioral Health – call 1-800-767-4411

Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS.


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