People Living With Mental Illness

Community Advocates Milwaukee Wisconsin

All too often, people experiencing mental health crises end up in the back of a squad car on the way to jail or a hospital emergency room. These outcomes can be both traumatic and costly, but there are other alternatives.

Since we know a high percentage of those who are homeless are also living with mental illness, Community Advocates dedicates behavioral health staff to working with this population exclusively.

Our Homeless Outreach Nursing program sends nurses to homeless shelters and other areas in order to do health assessments and connect individuals with the resources they need.  Those who qualify may be referred to the Autumn West Safe Haven.

Autumn West Safe Haven provides people who are homeless and living with mental illness with immediate shelter and then helps them to become healthy and independent.  As people stabilize and increase independent living skills, they are assisted in transitioning out of Safe Haven and into housing that features appropriate supports.

The Project Bridge program helps those experiencing both chronic homelessness and mental illness.  Case managers assist individuals in connecting with housing and community resources, maintaining health, and working to overcome challenges.

Training in Mental Health First Aid

What does depression look like? Or anxiety? How do you respond if someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts? For a person in a mental health crisis, it can make all the difference if he or she can immediately reach someone trained to identify the symptoms of distress and respond appropriately.

Community Advocates is assisting groups and individuals in learning how to respond supportively and get people in crisis the help they need through a "Mental Health First Aid" training program created by the National Council for Community Behavioral Health.

The 12-hour interactive course aims to improve mental health literacy and fight the stigma associated with mental illness. Click here to visit the Mental Health First Aid page for more information.

See for Yourself

Bob was homeless for many years.  His favorite sleeping spot was near the court house downtown, where a vent in the sidewalk provided some warmth. Watch this video to find out how he found a sleeping spot with four walls and a roof, and to see how being homeless affected him as a person.

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