Wisconsin Hmong Community Resources and Information

Hmong Institute of Wisconsin Bilingual COVID19 Resource Line 

Call 608.318.4354 (8am-5pm) 

"The goal is to help those who have been affected by COVID19 to access resources and navigate the systems in their communities. Services include: listen, identify need, help navigate or refer to existing resources within the community. Serves the following languages: Hmong, Laotian, Khmer, Tibetan, Nepali, Karenni, Burmese and English. **This line does not provide direct services but helps overcome the language barrier in order to connect people with resources."

Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. (WUCMAA)

WUCMAA was formed in 1986 by ten founders who believed in empowering and educating the Hmong and other Southeast Asian communities. Through their efforts, WUCMAA has been able to provide various programs to help support families for over 30 years.

Save Me: New Film Shines Light on Growing Suicide Crisis Within Milwaukee's Hmong Community

The Hmong American Friendship Association and Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV, along with a number of local organizations, collaborated to translate the stage play into a film. “Save Me” features a young Hmong girl who loses her mother and falls into depression, until she meets a mysterious person who teaches her to find acceptance. The film explores the challenges of living between the two worlds of Hmong culture and Western life in Milwaukee. Youth from the Hmong Student Organization at UW-Milwaukee acted in and helped produce the feature.

State of Hmong Mental Health (Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, 2019)

How can community advocates and providers be a resource for individuals in Milwaukee’s Hmong community regarding mental health and substance use disorder needs? More information included in the above PDF document.


Suicide Among Asian-Americans

The Asian community is incredibly large diverse and includes multiple ethnicities and cultures. Some of the data may not reflect what's happening in each community. Note that suicide prevention resources are not one size fits all.

Myth: Asian-Americans have higher suicide rates than other racial/ethnic groups. Fact: The suicide rate for Asian-Americans (6.10 per 10,000) is about half that of the national rate (11.5 per 10,000).
Myth: Asian-Americans have higher suicide rates than other racial/ethnic groups. Fact: Asian-American college students had a higher rate of suicidal thoughts than White college students but there is no national data about their rate of suicide deaths.
Myth: Young Asian-American women (aged 15-24) have the highest suicide rates of all racial/ethnic groups. Fact: American-Indian/Alaskan Native women aged 15-24 have the highest suicide rate compared to all racial/ethnic groups.