Rather than maintaning our own list, we have partnered with REDgen, a local Milwaukee initiative to promote emotional resilience for middle and high school students. They keep an updated and comprehensive list of resources on their website. www.redgen.org.
This curated includes lists of doctors, therapists, assessment experts, and support groups with a focus on the Milwaukee, WI area. They also have resources on Mindfulness, overcoming trauma, academic support, parent-teen communication, and other issues relevant to children and young adults coping with stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and LGBTQ issues.
In order to maintain our older links to other organizations, below is a list of additional resources. This list is no longer actively maintained.
Mental Health Resource List for Milwaukee Area Families
National Mental Health Organizations
https://www.nami.org – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – national mental health organization with local chapters. Excellent resource for general information as well as local support and information.
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/ – National Institute of Mental Health. Website filled with information, research, resources and statistics on mental illness for both adults and children.
https://www.mha.org – Mental Health America – national mental health organization with state chapters.
https://www.ssa.gov/disability – Social Security Administration (SSA). Information about Social Security Disability Insurance.
https://bbrfoundation.org/mental-illness-1 – Brain and Behavior Research Foundation general information about mental illnesses.
https://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_resources – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Extensive listing of mental health resources and information websites.
https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov – SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Mental health and substance abuse treatment locator.
“I’m Not Sick and I Don’t Need Help” by Dr. Xavier Amadore. Book for family members and friends on how to support individuals with mental illness who are reluctant to seek help or are unwilling to acknowledge their illness.
Wisconsin Mental Health Organizations and Local Resources
https://rogersinhealth.org – Rogers InHealth focuses on community mental health education and stigma reduction. The website includes a library of video stories of hope and recovery from those impacted by mental illness.
https://www.namiwisconsin.org/ – Wisconsin NAMI
https://www.mhawisconsin.org/ – Mental Health America Wisconsin Chapter
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/MH_BCMH/index.htm – Wisconsin Department of Human Services Community Mental Health Services
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ – WI Department of Health Services resources page
https://www.wifacets.org/ WI FACETS – provides training, education, resources and support for families of children and adults with disabilities.
https://www.wifamilyties.org/ – Wisconsin Family Ties. Enhancing lives by promoting children’s mental health.
https://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=help_family_center – DBSA information and resources for family members caring for a person with a brain disorder.
https://www.sharethecare.org – Share the Care. How to develop a network of friends and family to assist in caregiving to prevent caregiver burn out.
https://www.care-givers.com/ – Empowering Caregivers. Website devoted to those caring for a parent, spouse or child.
https://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/caregiving_resources/ – The Family Caregiver. Resources to support caregivers.
https://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=help_friends_family –helping a family member or friend
Choosing a Clinician
This information is provided as a service to families and is based on feedback from a variety of sources including individual personal experiences. For this reason, we can neither endorse nor guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. You may find the below websites and sources helpful as you research the clinicians listed:
How to Choose a Child/Adolescent Therapist
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Clinician Locator (database of all licensed, board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists):
AACAP Family Resource Center:
AACAP “Where to Find Help for Your Child”:
AACAP Facts for Families (documents addressing a wide range of issues from depression to eating disorders, bullying, suicide, stepfamilies, television viewing, insurance, firearms, hospitalization and much more):
Clinicians – National listings
https://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=empower_finddoc – DBSA psychiatrist database from member recommendations. More focus on adult psychiatrists but may be helpful for leads and referrals to child and adolescent psychiatrists.
https://www.adaa.org/netforum/findatherapist – Anxiety Disorders Association of America database of therapists
https://www.thebalancedmind.org/connect/find – The Balanced Mind Foundation clinician database. Clinicians, camps, residential treatment centers and education resources for child and adolescents with mood disorders.
https://www.medicare.gov/find-a-doctor/provid\er-search.aspx – database of providers who accept Medicare.
American Psychological Association
Public Education Line
Live operators available to help you 24/7 refer you to local APA board certified psychologists
American Psychiatric Association Answer Center
1-888-35-PSYCH 1-888-35-PSYCH (1-888-357-7924; 1-888-357-7924)
Live operators available 24/7 to refer you to local APA board certified psychiatrists
Clinicians – Local
https://dpi.wi.gov/ – Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
https://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/index.html – School Mental Health clearinghouse of database
https://www.wrightslaw.com/ – Wrightslaw provides accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Specific Disorders –Wisconsin and national organizations with information on mental illness and specific disorders.
- https://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_screening_screeningcenter – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance online screening tools for depression, anxiety and mania. CAUTION: Screening tools should NEVER be used to make a diagnosis. These are simply tools to help an individual determine if it might be beneficial to see a clinician.
https://www.chadd.org – The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC), a program of CHADD
https://www.adaa.org Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- Bipolar Disorder:
https://www.dbsalliance.org – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
https://www.thebalancedmind.org – The Balanced Mind Foundation provides support for families raising children, teens and young adults with mood disorders.
- Borderline Personality Disorder:
https://www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com/documents/SMA11-4644.pdf – Report to Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder by SAMHSA. May, 2011
https://www.dbsalliance.org – DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
https://www.thebalancedmind.org – information about mood disorders (depression and bipolar) for caregivers of children, teens and young adults as well as a section specifically for teens and 20-somethings.
- Disassociative Identity Disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder):
The Dissociative Identity Sourcebook by Deborah Bray Haddock
A Fractured Mind, My Life With Multiple Personality Disorder by Robert B. Oxnam.
- Eating Disorders:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml – National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) pages on OCD
https://www.ocfoundation.org/ – National OCD Foundation
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Military:
https://bbrfoundation.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-schizophrenia – FAQ’s about schizophrenia
- Self Injury (Cutting)
- Substance Abuse
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.):
Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems.
Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.):
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD):
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence fights the stigma and the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
The NIAAA supports and promotes the best science on alcohol and health for the benefit of all by increasing the understanding of normal and abnormal biological functions and behavior relating to alcohol use, improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorders and enhancing quality health care.
National Institute on Drug Abuse:
NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.
Dual Recovery Anonymous
12 Step recovery program for individuals with chemical dependency and affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness.
https://www.healthcare.gov/ – information about the health care reform act. Includes state by state listing of federal and state coverage options, answers FAQ’s, provides information about choosing quality care.
https://oci.wi.gov/ – Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner. Find information about health insurance, agents, coverage, individual plans and much more. File complaints, look up licensure, learn about laws affecting insurance and companies that provide coverage.
https://oci.wi.gov/pub_list/pi-019.pdf – Fact sheet on mandated health insurance benefits in the state of Wisconsin.
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/home1.aspx – The Trevor Project. Crisis and suicide prevention for LGBT youth.
www.nalgap.org – National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions.
https://www.aglp.org/ – Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists provides resources and support for LGBT community on mental illness issues.
https://www.youthresource.com/ – Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years
https://www.glnh.org/index2.html The Gay & Lesbian National Help Center
1-888 THE GLNH (888 843 4564) Youth talkline: 1-800- 246–PRIDE (7743)
www.gsanetwork.org Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.
https://www.outproud.org The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual &
https://www.glsen.org Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
https://pride-institute.com/programs/ Founded in 1986, with over 10,000 graduates, PRIDE Institute is the nation’s first and leading provider of inpatient treatment programs and outpatient treatment programs devoted exclusively to treating the mental health and chemical dependency needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
https://www.bazelon.org – The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
https://www.justicedenied.org/probono.htm – Pro Bono attorney listing from Justice Denied
https://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm – American Bar Association directory
https://www.wimentalhealth.org/about/steering_committee/coalition_members.php – Wisconsin United for Mental Health. Education and awareness about mental illnesses to reduce stigma and promote recovery.
https://www.pparx.org/ – collection of over 400 prescription patient assistance programs and free or low cost clinics
https://stahlonline.cambridge.org/prescribers_index_by_drug.jsf?page=A – Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology Online
https://www.natsap.org – National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs has a directory of therapeutic schools and programs for youth.
https://artausa.org/residential-mental-health-directory/ – American Residential Treatment Association lists treatment programs for adults with severe disorders and/or dual diagnosis (substance abuse).
Additional resources, as recommended by our readers.
Family Action Network Videos –https://www.familyactionnetwork.net/audio–video
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0185-residential-treatment-programs-teens – Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information on Residential Treatment Centers for Teens.
https://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines Teen Health & Wellness
https://iamthedoc.com/ – Movie about Youth Empowerment
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/ – Recovery Village in Umatilla, Florida. Contains valuable information on mental health support, co-occurring disorders, and treatment options as well as phone numbers for The Recovery Village, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and other national hotlines.
“The ’82 Project” provides these resources solely as a service to our visitors and members. We have not vetted any of them personally. We are not endorsing any of these service providers, nor are we responsible for your interactions with them.