Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination

Who we are:

WISE is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals promoting inclusion and support for all affected by mental illness by advancing evidence-based practices for stigma reduction efforts.

People with lived experience of mental health challenges strategically sharing their story is the current, primary, evidence-based practice and drives the focus of WISE. We promote the power of story.

What we offer - organizational resources:

  • WISE Basics- presentation on what stigma is, what research has taught us about how to reduce it (TLC4 model), and a facilitated discussion on what this means for your organization’s efforts
  • WISE Guide- online guide to planning that includes Principles for Stigma Reduction, research, tips to support stigma reduction, and support for strategic disclosure
  • Consultation- to support the use of the TLC4 model during planning, implementation and evaluation of stigma reduction projects
  • Honest, Open, and Proud- facilitated groups to discuss the pros, cons, and a helpful process of decision making about whether, to whom and how to share one’s story
  • Evaluation- access to validated stigma reduction evaluation instruments, coordinated evaluation efforts throughout the state, and shared outcomes data
  • Networking- connect with organizations and individuals engaged in stigma reduction
  • Continuous learning- updates on evidence based practices and current research
  • Academic consultant- Access through Rogers InHealth’s paid contract with Patrick Corrigan PhD
  • Technical assistance- WISE members offer a wide range of experience and expertise with different facets of stigma reduction programing and diverse populations

What your organization can do for the WISE statewide initiative:

  • Enhance WISE members’ expertise in stigma reduction consultation- we always learn by working with new groups!
  • Share your specific experience of implementing the TLC4 model in your unique setting
  • Collaborate by giving input to statewide stigma reduction efforts through a WISE partnership
  • Expand the breadth of data on stigma levels and outcomes of stigma reduction efforts to improve understanding of what works with various populations in our state
  • Join WISE! Help expand the statewide network and support stigma reduction efforts

To discuss coordinating further WISE Basics presentations for your group and/or potential partnership with WISE please contact Sue McKenzie at smckenzie@rogershospital.org or 414-759-3374