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Educational Resources

 

Vroom - A website and app with practical tools for parents to use to encourage brain building moments.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum - An interactive educational museum featuring hands-on exhibits.
PBS Parents
Zero to Three - An interactive resource for parents and early childhood education professionals on healthy development for children ages zero to three.
YoungStar - Wisconsin’s system for finding quality childcare programs.
Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin - Early literacy program

Mental Health Resources

 

"Kids in Crisis You're Not Alone"

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The documentary follows four young people from Wisconsin navigating mental health challenges. They’ve endured assault, bullying, incarceration, and discrimination. Some thought about suicide. But through the pain, they found support from family, friends, and strangers. They found the strength within themselves. They’re sharing their stories to let others know they’re not alone and that healing is possible. The film is an extension of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Kids in Crisis series, which over the past three years has uncovered rising suicide rates and gaps in mental health care in Wisconsin. The hour-long program begins with the inspiring half-hour documentary while the second half of the show will feature interactive discussions with mental health professionals and others who have experienced the effects of mental health issues.

Produced by Milwaukee PBS in collaboration with USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

You're Not Alone: Suicide-prevention toolkit
 Short videos that go in-depth into various topics along with discussion questions aimed at families, teachers and organizations.

Milwaukee PBS Mental Health Video Resources

10thirtysix Cutting Mental Health Stigma 

There's a lot of stigma in the African American community about getting help for mental illness. That's why the Milwaukee Health Department has launched a new workshop to help hairstylists recognize and treat emotional distress. We'll take you inside a local barbershop and hair salon as we hear from both stylists and clients who say having sensitive conversations makes a huge difference.

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone - Affirmations can help with mental health challenges

Amaii Collins is a student at Rufus King International High School in Milwaukee. She has struggled with depression and a suicide attempt. She has heard other young people talk about their struggles and their improvements because they talked to someone. She talks about why she is doing affirmations after hearing how they helped another young person.

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone  - Barrett: Be the Storm

Barrett Poetker couldn't wait for high school to be over. She endured intense cyberbullying from a group of students up until the day she graduated. It brought on depression, suicidal ideations and other serious mental health challenges. But her resilience led her to launch a REDgen chapter at her school, which continues to operate on campus even after she graduated. Barrett is now thriving at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she plays for the school's volleyball team and works as a student mental health outreach counselor.

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone -  TJ: Transition With Love

Transgender teen TJ Esser knows he's had it pretty good. Since transitioning after the eighth grade, he has had incredible support from his family and close friends. But there were challenges along the way. TJ's parents confess that they had to educate themselves and that they sought answers from other parents who went through similar experiences with their children. The Esser family opens up around their dinner table about TJ's journey, hoping other families can learn from what they've gone through.

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10thirtysix Kids in Crisis: You're Not - Alone Follow Up

10thirtysix presents a follow-up to its nationally acclaimed documentary "Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone" about youth mental health. Two young women who shared a moving exchange during a peer outreach event, which was captured by our documentary, now tell their own stories about mental health challenges and their newfound friendship. Plus, find out how the documentary and the producers' visit to the State Capitol are impacting proposed policy changes when it comes to mental health challenges in Wisconsin.

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone - Teen Calls Out Bullying With Instagram post

Barrett Poetker, while a student at Brookfield East High School, made an Instagram post about her experience being bullied. She said she wanted to “let people know they weren’t alone in their struggles.”

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone - Peer-To-Peer Outreach: ‘Don’t Give Up On Yourself’

Students at Rufus King International High School open up about their mental health challenges and share advice for their peers.

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone - Youth mental health discussion at Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin State Rep. Joan Ballweg, who heads a bi-partisan task force on suicide prevention, invited the producers of Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone, a documentary about youth mental health, to the state capitol for a screening of the film and a discussion. The four young subjects of the documentary participated in this event. This clip is the entire 45 minute discussion that includes questions from other legislators and comments from some of the parents of these young people. Rep. Ballweg talks about the task force's recommendations influenced by the film that are aimed at improving mental health awareness and care in Wisconsin.

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Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone - Discussion Panel

Documentary on youth mental health produced in partnership with the USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Four young people share their mental health journeys in hopes of encouraging others to get help for their mental health challenges.

The second half of the program features interactive discussions with mental health professionals and others who have experienced the effects of mental health issues.

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone - Child Psychiatrists In Short Supply

Brianna Flanagan struggled to find help for her brother as he was continually rejected by mental health professionals. Forty-nine of Wisconsin’s 72 counties do not have a child or adolescent psychiatrist.

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone - Reyna: Emotion on Paper

Reyna Saldana had a tough time growing up. She was born addicted to heroin and sexually assaulted at age 3. She bounced around to dozens on places throughout her childhood, including foster homes, mental health facilities and youth prison. Her journey isn't over, nor are the struggles, but she's now overcoming her past. What helped her get through these tough times, a momentary escape when she needed it most? Drawing. When she puts pencil to paper, everything else seems to fade away.

Black Nouveau: Exclusive - Mental Health

James Causey talks about practicing good mental health with Dr. Ramel Kweku Akyirefi Smith, Ph.D, LP; and Arnitta Holliman, MS, LPC., Discussed are some of the issues challenging African-Americans and how to recognize symptoms of problems.

For more information and resources, visit our website: https://video.milwaukeepbs.org/show/kids-crisis-youre-not-alone/

Disability Resources
Veteran Resources

Jobs

Veterans Employment Resources 
Recently unemployed or underemployed veterans may receive up to $3,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, if they have a financial need while being retrained for employment. The amount of the grant is determined by the applicant's financial need as calculated by the WDVA. Other education or retraining grants will be included when determining the veteran's financial need for this program and should be included on the application.

 

NovoResume
People’s careers are being impacted by the current situation, and military veterans were already struggling with unemployment and transition to civilian life before all this began. This is an excellent guide to job search for veterans

 

Services

Department of Veterans Affairs
DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.

Vet Center Home
This is an outreach to vets for a wide number of services including support groups.

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National Veteran Resources

Florentine Films would like to give a special thanks to the National Veterans Foundation who compiled this extensive list of resources available to veterans and their families. If you have a specific question or situation not addressed by the following resources, please call the Lifeline for Vets: (888) 777-4443.

Helplines

Lifeline for Vets
Connects callers to another veteran of America’s armed forces. This hotline is “vets serving vets” and provides needed help to veterans, their friends, and families. It is toll-free and answered by a real person (not a phone tree) Mon-Fri, 9-5 PST. (888) 777-4443

National Center for PTSD
Provides resources to individuals seeking PTSD care for themselves or loved ones.

Vet Center Call Center
Looking to talk to a fellow Veteran about your time in the military or transition home? The Vet Center Call Center is a 24/7 confidential place where you can talk to fellow Veterans and get connected to your local VA Vet Center and other services you earned through your service.
877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)

Veterans Crisis Line
Veterans in crisis and their families and friends can connect to qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Responders are live, not recorded, and can be reached 24/7.
(800) 273-8255, Press 1 Text: 838255

National Suicide Hotline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

Stop Soldier Suicide
Stop Soldier Suicide provides free resources and support to all past and present military and their families. They are equipped to meet the complex needs of the military community and their resources include emergency financial aid, housing assistance, PTSD referrals, and more.
(800) 273-8255 #1

 

Job Resources

Jobs for Veterans
Provides a list of current job openings across the United States that is updated daily. On the website, veterans can download a free veteran resume guide for help writing an impressive resume. This website also has a resource for employers to post jobs for veterans.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Home
Veterans may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

VA Employment Programs for Homeless Veterans
VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program is a national vocational program comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

American Job Centers
America’s Service Locator connects individuals to employment and training opportunities available at local American Job Centers. The website provides contact information for a range of local work-related services, including unemployment benefits, career development, and educational opportunities.

National Veterans Foundation Job Board
A listing of jobs across the country at companies interested in hiring veterans.

Work for Warriors (Guard and Reserve)
Job Postings & Unit Vacancies. The California Military Department is a diverse, community-based organization comprised of four pillars: the California Army National Guard, the California Air National Guard, the California State Military Reserve and the California Youth and Community Programs.

Department of Labor, Women Vets Site
The Women Veterans site at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Small Business (SBA Veteran & Disabled Veterans)
If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, SBA has resources to help you start and grow your small business.

 

Housing

Housing and Homelessness

VASH Program
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.

SSVF
Under the SSVF program, VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

Homeless Veteran Stand Downs
Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling to homeless Veterans.

PATH (California)
PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) provides the support homeless veterans need to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

Health

Find A VA Hospital or Clinic
There are over 1,000 VA Hospitals across the United States and US territories – this is a resource to search by state for hospitals, clinics, and other VA related offices.r Vets at (888) 777-4443.

VA Vet Centers
Provides readjustment counseling to Veterans, active duty Service members and their families in a safe, confidential environment. Over 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans of which the majority are combat veterans.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health – Valor Program
The program provides specialty services to our Veterans through the Veterans and Loved Ones Recovery (VALOR) program.

VA Care Providers Program
Has several support and service options particularly for veteran caregivers. The programs are available both in and out of home to assist both the veteran and caregiver.

Make the Connection MST Site
Includes multiple resources for those seeking care for or information about Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Veterans and Mesothelioma
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides several different compensation, benefits and assistance options to veterans who develop mesothelioma, many of which are available regardless of whether the veteran's mesothelioma is service-related.

Mesothelloma Veterans

Social Support

The Mission Continues
Empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions.

Team Red, White, and Blue
RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
The nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing new veterans and their families from their first day home through the rest of their lives.

Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Student Veterans of America
Provides military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

American Legions
Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.

VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars USA
Fosters camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts.

XSports4Vets
A group of current conflict veterans that strive to help other combat veterans succeed. Utilizes extreme sports to take the edge out of civilian life including river boarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, sky diving, and many other activities. “Some of us have wounds left over from combat, others can’t be seen – but we all benefit from getting out and meeting people that have been in our shoes.”

Next Step Service Dogs
Empowers positive change for veterans with invisible disabilities such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the use of expertly-trained service dogs.

Legal

Veterans Legal Institute
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) seeks to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless and low income current and former service members so as to eradicate barriers to housing, education, employment and healthcare and foster self-sufficiency.

National Veterans Legal Services Program
The NVLSP is a nonprofit organization that has worked since 1980 to ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 25 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service to our country.

Transportation

Recycled Rides
A military/veteran support program designed to help ease the transportation burden for current military and veterans. They provide refurbished vehicles to deserving recipients. Their technicians restore these vehicles to proper driving condition.

VA Benefits Links

The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents – below are links to resources provided by Veterans Affairs.

 

PTSD and Addiction Resources

If you have a specific question or situation not addressed by the above resources please call the Lifeline for Vets at (888) 777-4443.