OCMH Tools for Families, Schools & Communities

​​This page features all children’s mental health resources produced by the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH). These tools are free to use and we encourage that you share them among your networks. 

See below to find resources which help you to navigate children’s mental health systems, provide insight on how to regulate your feelings, offer data on a particular children’s mental health issue, and much more.

  • Fact Sheets – each Fact Sheet explores a children's mental health topic, providing data, a description of what is happening in Wisconsin, and recommendations for action.​

  • Feelings Thermometer – helping people identify their feelings and strategies to manage them. Print a copy, post it on your refrigerator and talk about it with your family.

  • Handling a Mental Health Crisis​ – advice and resources for how caregivers can best support their child or teen experiencing a mental health crisis. Created with parents and mental health professionals. ​

  • ​Mental Health Crisis Card – a wallet sized card sharing calming strategies intended to help regulate an individual in the first five minutes of an agitated state or mental health crisis. Encourage youth to print a copy, fill it out, and carry it with them. This is also a great tool for parents to discuss with their children. ​

  • Mental Health Literacy Units of Instruction  lessons for elementary, middle and high school students focused on developing the skills that students need to maintain mental health and wellbeing and recognize and support others who may be struggling. Created in partnership with Department of Public Instruction, school staff, parents, and youth. 

  • Parenting Tips – videos and flyers offering practical tips on responding to challenging behavior, self-care, meeting basic needs, social connections, and what to do when kids need help. The videos include tips from parents to parents. 

  • Pause – suggestions and resources to help you pause for a moment.  

  • TIC Trainings - ​the Trauma-Informed Care Team has created trainings for the workforce to inspire trauma-informed practices. Check out the many offerings of free trainings and tools, including the most recent session: Collective Trauma 101

  • Youth Listening Sessions Recommendations for Action – Elevating what youth from across the state said in OCMH Youth Listening Sessions, OCMH offers six insights and 11 recommendations that organizations can make to improve youth mental health in their policies, practices, and culture.  

If you have difficulty accessing our materials, or using our website, please let us know by emailing OCMH@wi.gov​
We take digital accessibility seriously and welcome the opportunity to remove any barriers in accessing content.​