Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Press Release

You’re Invited: Light & Unite Red Week

March 26-April 1, 2022 Throughout Milwaukee County

By - Mar 22nd, 2022 04:28 pm
Light & Unite Red Week

Light & Unite Red Week

Join the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) Coalition partners in shining a light on the value of living substance free during Light & Unite Red Week, March 26-April 1.

MCSAP partners throughout the county will be sponsoring no-cost virtual and in-person events to increase knowledge of substance misuse and mental health challenges; provide resources; offer substance-free, family-friendly activities; and teach self-care and wellness skills. Plus, local landmarks will light up red to show their support for community members who are improving their lives by remaining free of substance use and achieving wellness.

“We’re excited to bring back Light & Unite Red Week to support the health and wellbeing of Milwaukee County residents after two years of coping with a stressful and isolating pandemic,” said Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski, MCSAP Chair. “A wide range of organizations are offering resources, workshops, and social events to provide diverse activities for youth, adults, and families. There’s something for everyone.”

A full list of events can be found on MCSAP’s website. Highlights include:

  • Workshops on Mental Health First Aid for adults and adults who work with youth, suicide prevention, stress and self-care, and Mindful Gratitude
  • Poetry workshop with author and activist Kwabena Antoine Nixon
  • Youth Summit with the theme “Mental Health Matters!” featuring presenters Jasmine Sims, Brooks Griffin, Nigel Harvey, Clem Richardson, Jamaal Smith, Tarsha Wiggins, and Kwabena Antoine Nixon
  • Milwaukee County Sherriff’s Department community mental health resources
  • Growing Up Milwaukee film screening and talk-back session with creator Tyshun Wardlaw
  • Substance-free activities including bowling, skating, bingo, Jeopardy, artwork, trap and paint, and basketball
  • Narcan opioid-overdose treatment training
  • Grab ‘n Go resources

Landmarks lighting up red include: City of Franklin Department of Public Works, City of Milwaukee Fire Stations, Community Advocates, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Mitchell International Airport sign, We Energies building, and WCD Wells Street Tunnel.

“Beyond Light & Unite Red Week, we want everyone to know that resources, services, information, and allied community members are available every day of the year to those who need support,” said Alexandria Kohn, MCSAP Coordinator. “We hope that Light & Unite Red Week encourages individuals and families to choose healthy, positive options that enable them to live their best lives. Those options are out there—just ask!”

Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP) is a diverse coalition of Milwaukee County partners who prevent and reduce substance use and misuse. Learn more at our website. You can find more information about Light & Unite Red on Facebook. Scan the QR code above or go to

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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