Newsmakers: Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 9, 2022, Newsmakers Host Lisa Pugh sits down with Dr. Richard Immler, Adult and Child Psychiatrist and Chair of the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health; and Tim Saubers, Certified Peer Specialist and Chair of the Wisconsin Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council to discuss mental health awareness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and despite targeted improvements in mental health supports statewide over recent years, Wisconsin still has higher suicide and overdose rates than neighboring states. The mental health crisis for youth has gotten worse since the pandemic with insurance companies reporting a 100% increase in the percentage of self-harm, and mental health claims for teens compared to the prior year. Mental Health leaders discuss plans for improvement that include a focus on community treatment and peer supports along with attention toward addressing equity gaps.

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