Black-owned, state-certified mental health facility opens on Madison’s west side

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County’s only Black-owned, state-certified mental health facility opened a new location on Friday.

Anesis bought and renovated a 17,000-square-foot building on Forward Drive off Schroeder Road on Madison’s west side.

The clinic has 50 employees to help people navigate mental health and wellness while bringing everyone together in one place.

“A lot of us, we were being really creative, going out in the community, doing therapy on people’s porches or renting rooms in libraries, just different ways we were providing care, and so now we really can see more clients with having the space that we need,” Anesis’ owner and executive director Myra McNair said.

The city of Madison helped make the project a reality with a grant aimed at minority businesses.

Learn more about Anesis here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues or considering suicide, there are resources available to help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24/7 at 800-273-8255. Starting July 16, 2022, the lifeline will also be available by calling 988. In Dane County, Journey Mental Health Center has a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline at 608-280-2600.