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The sun doesn’t always shine and life isn’t always full of happiness. It can come on quickly, like a thunderstorm rolling in, darkening my world, slowing my thinking and stifling my will to live. I don’t want to think that I don’t matter, that my family would be better off without me, that the world wouldn’t miss me, but depression makes this my world. At LSS I have a counselor that knows depression, knows me and supports me when I need it. The sliding scale fee allows me to get the help when I need it. My life has been saved; I can see the sun shine again. More importantly, I want to be a mother to my children! 

- Anne

Donna was 29 years old when she was referred to one of LSS’s daytime resource centers. She was homeless and living in her car. Her fiancée had died six months earlier, and she had lost two babies through miscarriages.  She returned to her dysfunctional traumatic childhood home to assist her mother in caring for her dying father. Three days after her father died, her mother kicked her out of the house again.

Wellspring was able to connect Donna to a grief support group, Al-Anon, counseling for her childhood sexual abuse, memorial services for those who lost children, housing, budget counseling and classes so she could become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) licensed in Wisconsin. We were able to provide the day-to-day support needed for her to walk her journey.

Today she no longer cuts herself to release stress. She works full time as a CNA and lives in her own apartment. She still comes in for support and to share good news.

- Staff member at a LSS Daytime Resource Center

LSS of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan operates 15 State-Certified Clinics, five community-based “drop in” resource and recovery mental health centers, numerous residential programs serving individuals with mental health and alcohol and chemical dependency issues, including three for crisis stabilization and diversion.

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I don’t want to think that I don’t matter, that my family would be better off without me, that the world wouldn’t miss me; but depression makes this my world.

Change a Life Donor Levels

  • Power Donor: $5,000
  • Super Charger: $1,000
  • Champion: $500
  • Supporter: $250
  • Booster: $100
  • Fan: $50
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Wauwatosa, WI


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$50 Donation
Brookfield, WI

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$50 Donation
Wauwatosa, WI

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$285 Donation
Milwaukee, WI


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$45 Donation
Ladysmith, WI


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$100 Donation
Hudson, WI


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$75 Donation
Weston, WI


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$165 Donation
Monroe, WI


Last Updated: 1/2016



Mental Illness touches everyone.  A parent, a child, a teacher, a friend. People lose time away from work, parenting and learning at school. The impact is felt beyond the immediate family; it is also felt in the larger community through crime and abuse.



Through treatment and prevention we help thousands of individuals each year lead more productive lives.


Satisfaction Rate

Eighty-five percent of survey respondents reported improvements in their quality of life and daily activities as a result of the counseling services they received at LSS.