Author Archives: Leah Harris

As Mental Health Needs Increase, SaintA is there for Students

The need for mental health care for students has increased steadily in recent years. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services mental health dashboard, the number of children who received ongoing, high-intensity mental health services in 2019 was 36 percent higher than just five years earlier. The number who received short-term situational care was up 14 percent over the … Continue

COVID-19 in the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community has been hit hard by COVID19. The virus has spread rapidly over the past few months, and does not seem to discriminate against who can fall victim. However, certain groups are more vulnerable than others. At one point, here in Milwaukee, African Americans were hit hardest by COVID-19 while cases in Latino neighborhoods also skyrocketed. The intersections … Continue

COVID-19’s Devastation in Black Communities Began Long Ago  

The first three deaths from COVID-19 in Milwaukee county were middle aged black men. Since then, coronavirus has continued to damage black communities at disproportionate rates.  At the time of this writing, in Milwaukee county, black residents made up more than 43 percent of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 and 62 percent of deaths from the disease (WUWM.edu). The black population in Milwaukee county is 27 percent. Check the … Continue

48 Things (and Counting) To Do While Physical Distancing

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to unfold, the most important thing to remember is that you’ll be spending a lot of time at home. Physical distancing (also known as social distancing) can save lives. At SaintA, we want to emphasize that while we want you to be physically safe, having close social and emotional connection is needed now more … Continue

SaintA Takes Action to Help Contain Coronavirus 

SaintA is committed to keeping clients and staff safe as we tend to the health and well-being of the people we serve each day in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the Executive Team and Safety Committee here at SaintA have been monitoring the situation to understand the risk to our community.How is SaintA Responding? The World … Continue

Let’s Talk About Historical Trauma

In 2015, SaintA launched the Historical Trauma Workgroup to advocate for and educate our staff and clients about the cycle of trauma, structural racism, bias and white privilege. Here’s what we know about historical trauma and what we’re doing about it.Not All Trauma is the SameFirst, it’s important to understand the different kinds of trauma. There’s acute, chronic and historical … Continue

29 Amazing Books by Black Authors

From classics, to kidlit, to modern day stories, Black authors have made a significant impact on literature. Below is a list of some books for you and/or the kids to enjoy. Some discuss race and class, others explore magic and love, but they’re all stories that anyone can enjoy at any time of the year, but especially during Black History … Continue

SaintA Works Hard to Combat Youth Sex Trafficking

Wisconsin ranks third in the nation in sex trafficking cases. Milwaukee is a big hub, being on a straight line from Chicago to Minneapolis via freeways, with several vulnerable cities along the way.You probably didn’t know that. And SaintA is working hard to spread more information about it and to change community perceptions. But, more importantly, the organization has a … Continue

Gardening Group Grows Together

By Brian Myers, Licensed Treatment Professional, Clinic at SaintA There is a long history of gardening and farming at SaintA, dating back to well before it was known as St. Aemilian-Lakeside. I learned this through historical pictures and stories shared by colleagues who, this year, helped start a new Horticultural Therapy Group (or simply, a “Gardening Group.”) Plant an Idea, … Continue

What SaintA brought to the “table” at On the Table MKE

On October 10, groups across Milwaukee gathered for On the Table Milwaukee to have bold and candid conversations about equity in the city.On the Table MKE, created by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, began in 2017.  Since then 5,000 residents throughout the region have participated in forums to address opportunities and challenges facing our communities.SaintA staff and guests from MATC, Rescare … Continue

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