WEMSA Mental Health Monthly Webinars

Register below for each webinar that you would like to attend.

Active WEMSA Members can receive CAPCE Continuing Education for each webinar by completing the following tasks:

  • Attend the live webinar for the entire session

  • Complete the Course Survey

 

CE Certificates will be emailed within 2 weeks of the webinar to attendees who complete the required survey.

Course Surveys will close after 2 weeks of the webinar date.

LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention

LGBTQ+ people deal with certain burdens that their straight and cisgender peers do not, including the stress of navigating homophobia and transphobia in society and in personal relationships. As a population, LGBTQ+ youth report higher levels of depression and anxiety, social isolation, bullying, family rejection, substance use, and suicidal ideation and attempts than straight and cisgender youth. Trans and gender-nonconforming people often face stigma and discrimination in healthcare, school, and the workplace, which makes it harder to access care. Despite these disparities, the LGBTQ+ community is resilient! Many queer and trans* individuals thrive with the help of a supportive community. This session will cover:

- Basics of sexual orientation and gender identities
- Data on LGBTQ+ mental health disparities
- How to support LGBTQ+ mental health 
- Lessons learned from the Prism Program, a new mental wellness resource for LGBTQ+ youth and adults in Wisconsin

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Date and Time:

June 15, 2022, 7:00:00 PM

Stop The Threat - Stop The Stigma

Stop the Threat - Stop the Stigma features Adam Meyers personal experience using deadly force against someone who had armed themselves with a hatchet in a department store in Chippewa County, WI. This presentation is to inspire first responders to speak about their own mental health challenges and to help command a new perspective on mental health, advocacy, and awareness. 

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Date and Time:

July 14, 2022, 7:00:00 PM

The Impacts of Trauma on Relationships

Presented by The Wellness Co-Op, Inc. more info at www.thewellnesscoopwi.com

The Wellness Co-Op is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides mental wellness services to law enforcement, military, veterans, first responders, and their families through non-traditional approaches. We are licensed professionals (our licenses say we are) experienced in aiding first responders and military personnel in their careers and personal lives. Trained experts also meet with the families of those who protect and serve our communities.

Experiencing trauma affects you and impacts your relationships with those around you and those you encounter. Each individual will react differently to a traumatic incident. Everyone recovers from trauma in their own unique way. We will explore how trauma impacts your brain and behavior, how to identify ruptures and struggles in those relationships, and how to repair them.

Dr. Abby Huntley is a neuro-therapist specializing in trauma and attachment. Whitney Recla is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Jordyn Archambeau is a clinical social worker specializing in trauma.

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Date and Time:

August 17, 2022, 7:00:00 PM

Suicide in Wisconsin Data Presentation

In this presentation, participants will learn about Wisconsin suicide and suicide related data and the four broad strategies for prevention outlined in the report, Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact & Response (2020). Strategies include 1) enhancing protective factors, 2) increasing access to care, 3) best practices in prevention in health care, and 4) enhancing data surveillance and program evaluation. Participants will learn how to support people with lived experience of suicide including attempt and loss survivors. National and statewide resources for a variety of settings and populations will be provided. Participants will learn about opportunities for suicide loss support personally and self-compassion resources. There will be time for Q&A and open discussion.

Presentation Learning Objective:
1) Participants will learn about current data and prevention strategies in the WI state suicide prevention plan.
2) Participants will gain confidence in communicating with people experiencing thoughts of suicide.
3) Participants will learn about resources for people with lived experience of suicide (thoughts, plans, attempts, and/or loss) and for first responders and helping professionals supporting people with lived experience of suicide.

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Date and Time:

September 13, 2022, 7:00:00 PM

Brain Exercises and Grounding Techniques for Yourself, Colleagues and Those

Presented by The Wellness Co-Op, Inc. more info at www.thewellnesscoopwi.com

The Wellness Co-Op is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides mental wellness services to law enforcement, military, veterans, first responders, and their families through non-traditional approaches. We are qualified professionals (our licenses say so!) experienced in aiding first responders and military personnel in their careers and personal lives. Trained experts also meet with the families of those who protect and serve our communities.

Physical wellness is crucial for your overall health and wellbeing. This includes exercise, sleep, nutrition, and more. Physical exercise is good for your heart. Did you know aerobic exercise is also good for your brain? To fully optimize brain function, we will discuss enjoyable exercises to stop recycling old habits to rewire your brain. We will explain and practice grounding techniques and other tools for you to use for yourself or guide others through to optimize the brain for every situation.

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Date and Time:

October 11, 2022, 6:00:00 PM