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First Lady Kathy Evers Introduces Feelings Thermometer

A mental wellness tool aimed to help families regain calmness when their feelings may be escalating towards anger was introduced by Wisconsin's First Lady Kathy Evers.  The thermometer was produced by the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH) as a mental wellness tool amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Feelings Thermometer visually shows the range of feelings starting at the blue zone where people are calm and moving up to the red zone where people are angry.  It shows what people can do in each zone to regulate their emotions and move towards the calm zone. 

The Feelings Thermometer is available on the OCMH website.  Also on the website are suggested ways the Thermometer can be used by families, caregivers, teachers, school social workers, and children.   

​Read the full article: https://www.news8000.com/first-lady-kathy-evers-announces-mental-wellness-tool-for-families-amid-covid-19/

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Mental Health Awareness Day 2020 Highlights the Importance of Children's Mental Health

National Children's Mental Health Awareness day was celebrated on May 7, 2020 and reinforced the message that positive mental health is essential to a child's health development.  The Office of Children's Mental Health shared facts and information on what parents, educational and mental health professionals, and policymakers can do to help.​​

Read the full article: https://www.norcen.org/about-us/news/2020/may/national-childrens-mental-health-awareness-day/​



Children's Mental Health Topic of WPR Interview

Linda Hall, Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health, discussed t​he importance of resiliency and life skills in Wisconsin’s children during a March interview on Wisconsin Public Radio.  The discussion also touched on efforts to address provider shortages, school-based care, and hospitalizations. ​The interview aired on March 11, 2020.  

Listen to the WPR interview: https://www.wpr.org/shows/how-wisconsin-hopes-improve-youth-mental-health



​2019 Annual Report

OCMH presented its 2019 annual report on the status of children’s mental health on February 4th to a packed room at the State Capitol.  Guests included First Lady Mrs. Evers, Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, and OCMH Lived Experience Leader Andrea Humphrey.   Linda Hall, OCHM Director, presented OCMH 2020 priorities, and Melissa Murphy, OCHM Research Analyst, presented highlights from the 2019 report.  OCMH also released its first 2020 fact sheet – Healthy Use of Screen Time.  View the full 2019 annual report, Child Well-Being Indicators Dashboard, Snapshot report, and fact sheet at children.wi.gov.
   
Read the WPR article on the February 4th event:  https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-officials-more-youth-are-considering-suicide




Children's Mental Hea​lth Topic of WPR Interview

Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) “The Morning Show” invited Linda Hall to discuss her new role as Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH).  She described how Wisconsin’s children are struggling with mental health challenges and OCMH’s vision that all children grow up feeling healthy, happy, and hopeful for the future.  The interview aired on August 26, 2019.  

As an introduction to the segment WPR host, John Munson, noted that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently awarded more than $6 M in grants to support mental health in schools.  During the interview he asked listeners what gaps in children’s mental health they see in their community.  Three callers (a parent, teacher, and grandmother) described their connection to children needing mental health treatment and the need for more resources to be allocated to children’s mental health.  They also urged WPR to continue coverage of this issue.



Lived Experience Voice Highlighted at 2019 Children's Mental Health Day

​​​Governor Tony Evers declared May 6, 2019 as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Wisconsin and called on Abbi Hicks, OCMH Young Adult Lived Experience Partner, to share her story of mental health challenges including anxiety, self-harm, and borderline personality disorder.

Read the full article: https://www.channel3000.com/gov-evers-declares-childrens-mental-health-awareness-day/​