Mental Illness Awareness Week

in Wisconsin

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In September I worked on a Joint Resolution with Senator Vukmir recognizing the first week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

From October 1st-7th, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting events to raise awareness around the country, including in Manitowoc.  

Mental illness awareness is important because it touches nearly everyone.  In the United States, one in five adults will experience a mental illness in any given year, and suicide is the tenth leading cause of death.

This means every thirteen minutes, a person in the United States is lost to suicide.

Early identification and treatment can make all the difference in managing and recovering from a mental illness.  I encourage anyone who is or knows someone struggling with a mental illness to reach out to family, friends, organizations, and professionals for help.

Every citizen in every community, including you and me, can make a difference to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and provide support and resources to those that need them.

Please join me in recognizing Mental Illness Awareness Week.



Representative Paul Tittl

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    Advocates from the Wisconsin Recovery Community Organization (WIRCO) paid a visit to my office.  They are based out of Sheboygan and will be working in the Manitowoc area. 

    WIRCO provides training, volunteer opportunities, support services, and resources for people going through recovery and dealing with addiction. They focus on community-based recovery coaching.

    For more information, contact WIRCO at 920-226-1415 or at

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

-Maria Robinson


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Want to Get Involved?

     As you can see in my picture above, I am participating in the whiteboard project to raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week. I encourage you to do the same! Share your photos on social media to let others know why mental health matters to you.

     Also, NAMI of Manitowoc is hosting an indoor candlelight vigil on Monday, October 2nd at 6:30 p.m. It will take place at Lakeshore United Methodist Church (411 Reed Ave, Manitowoc, WI 54220).  There will be live music and a speaker who will discuss self-harm prevention.

     You can have an impact on the #FutureofMentalHealth. Get involved!



Post Office Box 8953

Madison, WI 53709-8953

Phone: 608-266-0315

Toll Free: 1-888-529-0025


Community Events

  • The 2017 Youth Deer Hunt will take place Oct. 7th & 8th. This event provides an opportunity for kids between the ages of 10 and 15 to hunt prior to the regular firearm seasons.
  • The 100th Anniversary State Capitol Commemorative Commission is sponsoring an art and essay contest. If interested, students in grades K-12 should submit their work before Oct. 13th.  Learn more.
  • Know a "Top Cop" in your area like Racine Police Officer Tim Cisler? To nominate someone contact:
  • 2018-2019 Americorps grant funds are available for national service programs.  Submit proposals by clicking this link and looking under "Funding." Proposals and additional documents are due by Nov. 3rd.