MILWAUKEE, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) - Barring a move by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, Wisconsin's current Safer at Home order is set to run until May 26, with the governor and health officials asking the public to spend as much time as possible at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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But what if home typically isn't a safe place to be?
"What we've been doing is getting the message out that it's important for people who are being hurt to know that services are available," Carmen Pitre, the president and CEO of Milwaukee's Sojourner Family Peace Center, told Spectrum News 1. "Our own governor put language in the Safer at Home order that if you're being hurt, you have the right to leave, so our message is, if you're being hurt by someone, please know it's not your fault, you're not alone and there's help available to you."
Spectrum News 1's ongoing Mental Health Awareness series in partnership with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division continued Wednesday with a focus on dealing with mental health stressors when home is not a safe place to be during the pandemic.
"The new challenges are unemployment, uncertainty across the spectrum of life, fear of death-- many people won't leave their homes or are staying in shelters which they've been told to do so we don't get sick," Pitre said. "Many people have reported being afraid about their basic needs..."
Watch the entire interview above and tune into Spectrum News 1 all week long for our continuing series on mental health during the coronavirus crisis (topics listed below).
To reach the Sojourner Family Peace Center, call 414-933-2722.
To contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, call 800-799-7233.
For anyone struggling with mental health issues or questions, call 2-1-1 or the 24-hour crisis line (414-257-7222) where clinicians can offer mental health support and guidance while connecting callers to more resources that can help.
Thursday: Coping with COVID-19 mental health stressors for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Friday: How to help your children manage their mental health during COVID-19.