Call to Mind Live: Youth Incarceration & Mental Health
You can find resources that support youth mental health by visiting the Well Beings toolkit.
Despite dropping rates, the United States still incarcerates more young people than any other country. According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, as of July 2021, 93% of the youth housed at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile correctional facility have a mental health condition. Of those youth, 25% have a serious illness.
On October 20th, WUWM hosted Call to Mind Live: Youth Incarceration & Mental Health, a Well Beings Tour Event. While mental wellness is crucial for all youth, mental health challenges may be exacerbated by the experience of incarceration in Wisconsin’s prison system and after release.
In this live, virtual event, WUWM spoke with formerly incarcerated people and experts to explore youth mental health needs. We discussed available resources and alternatives to incarcerating young people with mental health needs in Wisconsin.
WELL BEINGS is a major national campaign from WETA addressing health needs in America with a focus on youth mental health.
The WELL BEINGS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT is made possible by Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, One Mind, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Dauten Family Foundation, Dana Foundation, Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, Frances Von Schlegell and John E. Von Schlegell, Robina Riccitiello, Sutter Health, and Jackson Family Enterprises.
Partners include CALL TO MIND at American Public Media, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, Forbes, PEOPLE, Mental Health America, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, The Steve Fund, and The Jed Foundation.
Call to Mind is American Public Media’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Call to Mind is bringing mental health conversations into the open, increasing public knowledge and engagement, to empower people to find the support they want and need.