March 2, 2015
ISSUE 5-5
       

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Heroin deaths in Milwaukee County jump by 72%

The deadly toll of heroin, deemed a public health crisis by many officials in Wisconsin, isn't slowing down.

 

Heroin-related deaths in Milwaukee County skyrocketed by 72% last year compared with 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

 

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Childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Nadine Burke Harris

Childhood trauma isn't something you just get over as you grow up. In this TED Talk, Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who've experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

2015-2016 Mental Health and Wellness Guide available soon 

Mental Health America's 2015-2016 Mental Health and Wellness Guide for Milwaukee County will be available in approximately two weeks. If you would like to receive a copy in the initial mailing, please email your name and complete mailing address. The guides are available at no cost.

Teen dating violence awareness and prevention resources available online

February was National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In observance, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service posted "Special Feature: Teen Dating Violence," a compilation of publications and resources to support teen dating violence prevention.
 

Lung destroying diacetyl still harming workers, allowed in e-cigarettes

The yellow liquid used to flavor candy, chips, coffee and e-cigarettes smells and tastes like butter. It's hard to tell from looking at it that it can obliterate your lungs if you breathe it in.

 

Every day, men and women across the country clock into jobs and unknowingly inhale toxic and potentially fatal fumes. And now, diacetyl is being inhaled straight into the lungs of e-cigarette smokers
 

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In This Issue
Heroin deaths in Milwaukee County jump by 72%
Childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
2015-2016 Mental Health and Wellness Guide available soon
Teen dating violence awareness and prevention resources available online
Lung destroying diacetyl still harming workers, allowed in e-cigarettes
Event Announcements

COPING WITH STRESS & DEPRESSION

March 26, 7pm

Webinar

Registration and more information available online.

 

2015 YOUTH SERVICES CONFERENCE: PATHS TO SUCCESS

April 21-22

WI Dells, WI

See the conference brochure for more information.

 

SAFE HEALTHY STRONG 2015

June 3-5

Milwaukee, WI

Join Embody for Wisconsin's premier conference dedicated to the exploration of emerging and best practices in the fields of human sexuality, reproductive health, and sexuality education. More information here.

WISCONSIN STATE PREVENTION TRAINING
June 11-12
WI Dells, WI
More information available online.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION SKILLS TRAINING
June 22-25
WI Dells, WI
Informational flyer available here.
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KOHL'S CARES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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KOHL'S CARES FIELD TRIP GRANTS
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