Medical College hosts community mental health series

The Medical College of Wisconsin is hosting a series of free community mental health seminars through June on such topics as identifying and treating mental illness, improving outcomes of mental health patients, and caring for people with mental health issues in different settings.

Upcoming seminars scheduled for February are “What works to reduce stigma—a focus on healthcare” on Monday and “Mental health of children and adolescents” on Monday, Feb. 9.   

All seminars begin with a networking opportunity at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentations from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A discussion with the presenters concludes the events.

The purpose of the series is to raise knowledge and awareness of mental illness and to modify care and community practices for the mentally ill and their families. The presentations are aimed at caregivers, professionals and students who manage patients and citizens with mental illness, as well as patients and their families.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, close to 188,000 adults and 60,000 children in Wisconsin live with serious mental illness. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death overall, and the third leading cause of death among young adults.

The series is funded by the Faye McBeath Foundation and the Medical College of Wisconsin. For more information and to register, click here.

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