Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Summer of Healing event connects community to mental health resources
“In its final Summer of Healing event, Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention put on display community mental health resources available for those who may be struggling.
The event Saturday at Sherman Park coincided with Su***de Prevention Awareness Month.
Tarsha Wiggins is the founder of Speak Wellness Behavioral Health and Consulting, which focuses on ‘erasing the stigmas 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're struggling in life you shouldn't be isolative.’
Other organizations had booths at the event, including Wraparound Milwaukee, which specializes in children's mental health services. The organization has a youth crisis stabilization facility that offers a therapeutic stay for youth instead of inpatient hospitalization.
Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and 414 LIFE canvassed the Sherman Park neighborhood to inform neighbors about the event and provide door-to-door resources about su***de prevention.”
Community activists and Milwaukee residents gathered at Sherman Park Saturday afternoon for the final Summer of Healing event.