Our mission is to empower adults, experiencing mental illness, achieve their full potential by providing recovery-oriented programs and services in a safe and accepting environment.
Our Space provides community living support services to adults to promote stabilization and recovery. Our programs offer occupational therapy, peer support, prevocational, educational, recreational, and psycho-socialization services. All programs are in response to the expressed needs of the individual and we encourage autonomy among the members we serve.
WHAT WE OFFER
Membership is voluntary and you choose the degree of involvement that works best for you. Some benefits gained from membership are:
- Learn to improve socialization skills
- Create and maintain a network of peers
- Relax and enjoy healthy, affordable fun
- Learn skills through participation in educational groups
- Receive support through groups and one-on-one support
- Experience community integration
- Advocacy and empowerment through integrated services and community resources
Hours of Operation:
8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday except for major holidays
Note: We close when MPS closes for snow or severe weather alerts!
Our Space is a provider of Comprehensive Community Services (CCS). Professional staff work with the individual’s case manager and Peer Support Specialists to offer person-centered recovery-oriented services, including:
Individual Skill Development Enhancement (Group/Individual)---H2017S
Participants learn valuable skills for interpersonal relationships. Assertive communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, feeling expression and regulation, creating and fostering relationships, listening skills, maintaining healthy boundaries, personal safety, and building self-esteem, are taught through a variety of fresh, exciting, and interactive activities.
Independent Living Skills
Group sessions rotate through a variety of topics related to independent living, which may include: shopping, cooking, personal care, transportation, budgeting, or household tasks. Groups, although educational, often involve the relevant practice of skills learned and occasional outings into the community.
These groups focus on learning and building the necessary skills required for employment. General and basic skills such as concentration/attention span, communication, responsible work habits, time management and following directions are taught in a group session through discussion, activities, and practice. Topics also include more specific skills including, for example, answering phone calls, prioritizing duties, or following a written schedule.
Wellness Management and Recovery (Group/Individual)---H2017W
These groups teach techniques which empower individuals to take control of their emotional expressions. Participants learn how to regulate difficult emotions, to frame situations differently, to change thought processes to avoid a cycle of stress or anger. Many interesting techniques are illustrated, that are easy to incorporate into daily life.
Meditation and Relaxation groups held at Our Space are designed to help reduce stress and anxiety and to help individuals learn new coping skills in order to gain control in these areas. The environment is calm, quiet, and inviting. There is a wide variety of activities and exercises to keep the sessions new and exciting, such as calming crafts, guided meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing. The continued attendance of these groups will further aid in the learning process of how to be mindful, in and out of group.
Support groups allow participants the opportunity to describe their experiences, express their feelings, ask questions, offer support or get advice from peers and staff. Sharing is kept in confidence, in a safe and positive atmosphere of a caring community of individuals, who share a common bond.
Self Esteem Building
During these groups participants are provided a variety of opportunities to experience a sense of mastery, to build positive self-awareness, to challenge one’s self by setting goals, to be of service to others, to tap into creativity, and expand their knowledge and involvement in their surroundings and community. Improving coping skills leads to an increased sense of self-control and, in turn, self-worth.
This group is designed to help people diagnosed with mental illness, proactively take control of their lives, mindfully engage in their wellness process, and positively create more meaningful and fulfilling lives. With hope and empowerment, a cycle of healing can be created.
ATODA (Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug Addiction)
Our Space provides an array of educational groups focused on drug and alcohol abuse, other addictive behaviors and substances, as well as coping skills related to these areas. Some of the main subjects discussed in ATODA are tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, gambling, eating disorders, and other topics as requested.
Our Space provides educational groups that focus on managing physical health risks and skills needed to help with self-guidance in these areas. Some of the groups offered at Our Space include smoking cessation, diabetes management, and risk reduction for heart attacks and stroke.
Mental Health Education
This group provides education, information, insights, and resources about mental health diagnoses, symptoms, and treatments. There is an emphasis on skills training regarding problem-solving, healthy coping skills, and responsible decision making. Group activities are practical, relevant and fun. Common topics include Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders (Social anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD), suicide and stigma. Facilitators and group members provide social and emotional support with an emphasis on hope and healing.
Certified Peer Specialist – Peer Support (Group/Individual)---H2017P
Peer specialist facilitate groups listed and provide individual one-on-one support to their peers.
If interested in CCS services and have a case manager, please contact your manager to express interest in these services. Your case manager must initiate the process.
If you do not have a case manager and are interested in CCS services contact:
Melissa Wisniewski at 414-383-8921, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Milwaukee County Community Access to Recovery Services (CARS) at 414-257-8095, www.county.milwaukee.gov/BHD-CARS.htm
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