Each year, more than 50 partners across Milwaukee County join forces for Light & Unite Red Week to promote healthy, drug- and alcohol-free living and support our community members who are improving their lives by remaining free of substance use and achieving holistic wellness.
In light of the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the mental health of Milwaukee County residents, Light & Unite Red’s mission is more important than ever. Light & Unite Red promotes community-wide prevention education and is led by the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP). Community organizations, surrounding health departments, high schools, libraries and government entities work together to shine a light on the dangers of substance use and to unite the Milwaukee community to engage in prevention, encourage treatment and support recovery throughout the year.
Coinciding with National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, from March 22-28, Light & Unite Red 2021 hosted various virtual events and spotlight resources available to those in need:
- 27th Street West Drug Free Coalition Teen Professional Skills Summit and Job Fair
- Vivent Health Free Online Narcan Training
- MCSAP Virtual Escape Room and Mocktail Tutorial with Erik Kennedy and Sarah Hofman
- The House of Kings and Priests, Inc.’s Hidden in Plain Sight Zoom Event
- The House of Kings and Priests, Inc.’s Light & Unite Red Grab n’ Go
In observance of Light & Unite Red, numerous businesses and organizations have committed to lighting statues and buildings red in order to shine a spotlight on the importance of substance use awareness education among our youth and in our community.
Those interested in learning more can visit lightunitered.org or Light & Unite Red’s Facebook page for mental health wellness, suicide prevention and substance abuse resources. This user-friendly website features interactive tools such as the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge.