Heroes for Health: Suan Howland

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.


Who: Susan Howland, Director of Community Outreach at Catholic Charities

Website: http://www.ccmke.org

Email: showland@ccmke.org

Phone: 414-771-2881

Twitter: @CCMilwaukee

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Charities-of-Southeastern-Wisconsin/104968136207166

About Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities’ mission to “provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same” has been the core of its work since 1920. Today, Catholic Charities continues to respond to the changing needs within the communities of the ten counties of Southeastern Wisconsin. Its programs and services are available to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, country of origin, or financial circumstances.

Words from Susan, a Hero for Health:

There is something truly special about our community - and this collaborative is proof. By bringing together a wide variety of professionals, each of whom is well versed in their own field, we have created an unmatched pool of resources for tackling children’s mental health. The pool of experts we have built is critical to the success of any mental health program. Often those who need our help are struggling with multiple issues all at once – financial, legal and personal. The collaborative gives us someone to call for each of these issues, so we can start to repair peripheral issues that could be deeply affecting a client’s mental health.

Though we have seen improvement in recent years, the stigma surrounding mental health is still a very real issue. Parents struggle to explain their child’s mental health challenges to other members of the community. If someone has not been properly introduced to the subject, they could have trouble recognizing symptoms or addressing mental health concerns. News stories on the topic often involve violence, which can cause misconceptions among the public. By adding to our community’s knowledge on this subject, we can make it so people dealing with mental health challenges feel more comfortable asking for assistance. We can stifle stigma in our own community.

Everyone involved in the Collaborative contributes their time to participate, because they care so deeply for Racine and the issue of mental health. It is a testament to our community and to the Johnson Foundation for bringing us together. Many communities around the country need only an instigator to begin the conversation, and collaboratives could start to pop up everywhere, improving mental health conditions across the nation.

Everyone involved in the Collaborative contributes their time to participate, because they care so deeply for Racine and the issue of mental health. It is a testament to our community and to the Johnson Foundation for bringing us together. Many communities around the country need only an instigator to begin the conversation, and collaboratives could start to pop up everywhere, improving mental health conditions across the nation.

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