Where to find mental health resources this winter


By Matt Martinez
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

This story was originally published by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories covering fifteen neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Visit milwaukeenns.org.

A building on West Capitol Drive houses both the Behavioral Health Division’s Access Clinic East and the Outreach Community Health Center’s Behavioral Health Clinic. (Photo by Matt Martinez)

When winter starts, many may struggle with mental health problems.

Seasonal mood disorders can exacerbate anxiety and depression, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the demand for mental health services.

Here are some places and services to consider if you are having trouble this season:

City and county services

For adult services from the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, call 414-257-8085. For child services, call 414-257-7607.

Access to the East Clinic, located at 210 W. Capitol Drive, is operated in partnership with Outreach Community Health Centers. She can be reached at 414-257-7665. It is open from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and has passable examination times from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Access to the south clinic, located at 1635 W. National Ave., is located on the National Avenue Clinic of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. It can be reached at 414-257-7900. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has the same opening times as the Access Clinic East.

Know the warning signs of a mental crisis

The Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Department has a list of signs of a crisis on this website. They include:

• Think of a method to harm yourself or someone else
• Thoughts race and talk faster than you remember
• Feel like others are about to harm you
• Feeling unusually tired or energetic all the time
• Inability to cope with everyday problems or activities
• Hear voices that others don’t seem to hear
• experience constant pain or upset stomach
• feel agitated and restless

During a mental crisis

Call 911 or the national suicide hotline at 800-273-8255 (TALK). You can also send “Hopeline” to 741741 to reach the line of crisis text.

The Milwaukee County’s crisis line is 414-257-7222. The Kindermobile crisis team can be reached at 414-257-7621.

There are three crisis resource locations in the Milwaukee area. Behavioral Health Division Mental Health Services, 9455 W. Watertown Plank Road, provides 24/7 crisis services, including a psychiatric emergency room.

There are crisis resource centers in the north and south of the city. The North Side Crisis Resource Center is located at 5409 W. Villard Ave. Call 414-539-4024. The line operates 24 hours a day.

The South Side Crisis Resource Center is located at 2057 S. 14th St. Call 414-643-8778.

Trevor’s lifeline can be reached at 1-866-488-7386 and offers crisis and prevention services specifically for LGBTQ + youth.

Other warm lines

The Trans Lifeline, 877-565-8860, provides services for the transgender community. Due to the pandemic, people may have difficulty reaching the lifeline due to shorter opening hours. Call between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time for the best opportunity to speak to someone.

The Milwaukee County Warmline can be reached at 414-777-4729.

Service provider in Milwaukee

Mental Health America of Wisconsin provides a database that enables those searching for services to find organizations that meet their specific needs.

IMPACT 2-1-1 can also help connect service seekers with organizations across the city. Call 2-1-1 or send your zip code to 898-211. You can also access the online chat through the website.

AMRI advisory services reachable at 414-455-3879. It has two locations in the city: 4001 W. Capitol Drive and 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Suite 019. It offers mental health services, including family counseling.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee offers gradual family counseling and therapy services and accepts BadgerCare and Medicaid. She can be reached at 414-771-2881. The organization is located in Milwaukee, 2021 N. 60th St.

Aurora Healthcare offers family counseling services at 1020 N. 12th St. To make an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 414-773-4312.

Muslim Community & Health Center can be reached at 414-939-4411 and is located at 803 W. Layton Ave.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers offers behavioral medicine services at four locations in the city. It can be reached at 414-672-1353.

The four locations are:

• Chavez Clinic – 1032 S. Cesar Chavez Drive
• Layton Clinic – 4570 p. 27th
• National Ave. Clinic – 1635 W. National Ave.
• Parkway Clinic – 2906 p. 20th

Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. offers behavioral medicine at two locations.

The MLK Heritage Health Center, 2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, available at 414-372-8080. The Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center, 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive, can be reached at 414-760-3900.

Progressive Community Health Centers offers behavioral medicine at two locations.

Health Center on Lisbon Avenue is at 3522 W. Lisbon. The Hillside Family Health Center is located at 1452 N. 7th St. Both locations can be reached at 414-935-8000.

Outreach Community Health Centers provides mental health resources. Call 414-727-6320.

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Centers, 930 W. Historic Mitchell St., available at 414-383-9526.

scout, an organization that provides shelter and support for homeless and runaway children, has mental health services. To contact the main office call 414-964-2565. Call 414-271-1560 to contact the youth home, 1614 E. Kane Place.

SaintA offers behavioral health services in locations across the city. The main campus is located at 8901 W. Capitol Drive. Call 414-463-1880.

Rise of Wisconsin provides mental health services at its Columbia St. Mary location, 2323 N. Lake Drive. Call 414-585-1620.

Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center, 732 S. 21st St., offers free advice services for young people aged 11 to 22 years. It also provides emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth.

For emergency services, dial 414-647-8200 and dial extension 0. For non-emergency services, dial extension 2. The hotline is in operation around the clock.

Have we missed a resource? Email reporter Matt Martinez at [email protected]


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