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Suicide Prevention 
November 18th was International Survivors of Suicide Day. Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. There is no single cause to suicide. It often occurs when stressors exceed coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. The goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience. Several factors can increase a person’s risk for attempting or dying by suicide. However, having these risk factors does not always mean that suicide will occur. Risk factors for suicide include, previous suicide attempt(s), history of depression or mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, family history of suicide or violence, or physical illness.

Knowing these warning signs can help: feeling hopeless, threatening to hurt oneself or talking about wanting to die, increasing alcohol and drug use, and withdrawing from friends and family. What you can do to help:
  • Ask- It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  • Keep them safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention.
  • Be there: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. 
  • Help them connect: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  • Stay Connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. 
If you don’t know where to turn, you can talk to your primary care provider and get connected to the right mental health services. If you do not have a primary care provider, use the Milwaukee area resources to get help. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental health problems in a given year, you are not alone and there is help available.
Milwaukee Area Resources
Police (911): If you have an emergency contact police right away. You can request a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) which is team of officers who are trained to deal with situations involving mental illness or developmental disability.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or TTY 1-800-799-4889 or Spanish 1-888-628-9454.

COPE Hotline: 262-377-2673, The COPE Hotline is answered by trained listeners. They provide supportive listening to callers, crisis intervention and suicide prevention.  

Milwaukee County Psychiatric Crisis Service/Admissions: 414-257-7260, 9499 Watertown Plank Road, provides 24-hour, 7-day psychiatric emergency service.

Milwaukee County Crisis Mobile Team: 414-257-7222, available to provide community based assessment when individuals are unable to come to the Behavioral Health Division

Milwaukee County Access Clinic (walk-in, for uninsured): 414-257-7665, serves uninsured Milwaukee County residents based on a sliding fee scale. 


Every home needs carbon monoxide detectors.

Newer tobacco products are gaining popularity fast.

The Great American Smokeout event was November 16th. 

November is National Diabetes Month .

The health departments role in communicable diseases. 

(Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, 2017)
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Tuesday, December 12th - 10:00-11:00 am- Brown Deer
Thursday, December 14th - 3:00-4:30 pm- Shorewood 
Tuesday, December 19th - 7:30-9:00 am- Shorewood 
Wednesday, December 20th - 3:30-4:30 pm- Brown Deer 
Tuesday, December 26th - NO NORTH SHORE LIBRARY CLINIC 

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

Wednesday, December 6th - 12:15-1:00 pm- Lori and Tom Dolan Community Center (355 W Bradley Rd, Brown Deer) 
Tuesday, December 12th - 1:30-2:30 pm- Lydell Community Center (5205 Lydell Avenue, Whitefish Bay) 
Wednesday, December 27th - 3:30-4:30 pm- Shorewood

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) – Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation.
Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Wednesday, December 20th - 8:00-10:00am- Brown Deer 
Tuesday, December 26th- NO CLINIC IN SHOREWOOD



REDgen Presents the Documentary REJECT

REJECT takes a science-based and solution-oriented look at the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others.  The film aims to raise public consciousness about the serious and potentially lethal consequences of interpersonal rejection in its many forms. Click here to register. 

Coffee and Conversations for Caregivers 

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Then, give yourself a break! Connect with fellow caregivers and share challenges, tips, and stories. View the flyer here

Hoarding Disorder: Friends and Family Support Group 

6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, December 28th 

Join others that, like you, are concerned about a family member or friend that suffers from Hoarding Disorder or Chronic Disorganization.  This group offers a safe environment to share your unique experience with hoarding and get support from others. Each meeting will focus on a different discussion topic that aims to both increase awareness of Hoarding Disorder and learn from others’ experiences. View here. 

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4800 W Green Brook Drive 
Brown Deer, WI 53223 

2010 E Shorewood Blvd
Shorewood, WI 53211

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