Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community Mental Health Promotion

Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community

Last Tuesday of each month - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health leads a monthly learning opportunity for anyone who is interested in building resilience and promoting mental well-being.

Learn:  About effective well-being strategies and practical implementation steps from communities across Minnesota.

Dream:  About creating thriving communities, families and youth.

Plan:  Community and state action plans. Develop opportunities to partner with people in your community who are interested mental well-being and resilience.

Details: This is an interactive monthly statewide webinar and local discussion. Each location has a host who can access and broadcast the webinar. Webinar links are only provided to hosts. Registration link identifies locations near you.

Webinars profile innovative strategies to promote mental well-being and resilience, emphasizing community-based and community-driven initiatives. Gatherings will include practice discussions, sharing similar efforts in your location, relevant research or resources, networking, and planning next steps.

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Building Capacity in 2018
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As a leader in your community or organization, please join us for an important discussion to move the Mental Well-Being Learning Community to the next level in 2018. In 2017 we learned about 7 different initiatives happening in Minnesota to build mental well-being and resilience. Let's talk about what's next!

  • REFLECT - on lessons learned from 2017
  • LEARN - about local community actions prompted by the learning community
  • KNOW - about upcoming state and local opportunities
  • PLAN - direction and next steps for the learning community and your community.

Your contribution is important to create a more powerful Learning Community in 2018.

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From Hollering to Healing: Using Community Coaches to Address Trauma

Strategic Focus: Addressing Trauma and Building Community Capacity
Dr. Joi Lewis, Founder and CEO of Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and the Orange Method

Dr. Joi LewisAt Joi Unlimited, we aim to serve the 58% of Americans suffering from trauma and mental health issues who are not currently being served by the system. We are doing this through the Joi of Healing, a platform and program that encompasses the OM Community Coaching Program in Healing Justice. We train community coaches from diverse backgrounds to address contemporary and historic trauma and oppression using the Orange Method ( OM ) of healing justice and radical self-care. The Orange Method is a social justice based approach to meditation, mindfulness, conscious movement, and emotional liberation. Through the Joi of Healing platform and program, communities are able to make a greater impact on those from racially and historically marginalized groups and provide access to trained, culturally relevant community coaches. Our first cohort, supported by the Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation, completed the program in May 2017.

For more information about this cohort, refer to Joi Unlimited's announcement. We are now on a mission to scale this program throughout Minnesota, the rest of the United States, and eventually internationally. Dr. Joi will share about the program and how you can bring this resource to your community. Our vision is to create jobs and strengthen community resilience in order to eliminate these disparities. We are on a mission to "put healing in the hands of anyone, anywhere." To learn more about Joi Unlimited's work in communities, view our video: Joi of Healing: Communities & Healing

Joi of Healing Q&A Response Letter (PDF)

Gathering of Native Americans Process: Wellness and Strength Based on Actions

Strategic Focus: Culturally based practices for individual, community and institutional change skills
CoCo Villaluz, Consultant
Lori New Breast (Amskapikuni/Blackfeet), Consultant, American Indian Mentorship Initiative Clearway Minnesota

CoCo Villaluz Lori NewBreast Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is a mobilizing experience used to address social challenges in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. GONA is a process that supports cultural safety, health, wellness to and community healing, which includes addressing the impacts of trauma and cultural practices as strategies for individual and community wellbeing. The "Keep Tobacco Sacred" GONA experience focused on cultural systems of knowledge and the "Two Tobacco Ways Principle" about the original indigenous healing traditions of tobacco given by the Creator governed by sacred protocols and the commercial tobacco introduced as an agent of change in the historical trauma period beginning in 1492. GONA provides a culturally organized environment to address root sources of trauma such as suicide, gang violence, mental health and nicotine addictions as well as other topics. The GONA curriculum was originally designed as a prevention intervention to alcohol, tobacco and other drug occurrences by SAMSHA (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and has been used throughout the United States and other indigenous international communities. GONA is for Native Americans and others who want to create change.

Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) Q&A (PDF)

MDH Updates from October (PDF)

Red River Resilience: Expanding Community-Wide Understanding about Resilience

Strategic Focus: Expanding understanding about what creates mental health
Ellie McCann, MS, CFLE Associate Professor, Family Resiliency Center for Family Development, University of Minnesota Extension
Mark Ellingson, Board Certified Chaplain, Altru Health System

Ellie McCann Mark Ellingson In the wake of a record-setting flood that threatened the Fargo-Moorhead area in 2009, government and non-government disaster response agencies joined forces to enhance community capacity for resilience to future flood threats. Red River Resilience was born and developed a simple, clear, and consistent message based on resilience theory. Partner agencies have been spreading this message and tools ever since. The FACTS of Resilience message was developed by Red River Resilience (RRR) members and shared throughout the community using multiple methods to build individual resilience. Since the flooding has subsided, RRR members have share The FACTS of Resilience message with a variety of family groups that are in transition. Learn about these efforts to see how it may apply to your work and community.

The Bounce Back Project - Building Individual and Institutional Resilience

Strategic Focus: Building Well-Being Skills
Dr. Corey Martin, Former Director of Clinical Services, Buffalo Hospital, 2017/18 Bush Fellow

Dr. Corey MartinThe Bounce Back Project of Buffalo Hospital is a unique collaborative of physicians, nurses, hospital leaders, and staff who have come together for a single purpose - to impact the lives of individuals, communities, and organizations by promoting health through happiness. Bounce Back encourages the use of simple tools to help individuals to be happy. These tools include doing ‘random acts of kindness’ for others, writing down ‘three good things’ about each day and ‘writing gratitude notes’ to let others know you appreciate them or something they did. All of these activities can also increase social connections which we know is good for your mental and physical health and well-being. Since Bounce Back was launched just two years ago, we have reached thousands of people by partnering with a variety of community groups and businesses to teach people about these techniques and provide any needed ideas or resources.

JULY 2017
St. Paul Youth Services' YouthPower organizing hub

Strategic Focus: Youth Centered Policy Change
Dr. Tracine Asberry, Executive Director, St. Paul Youth Services

Dr. Tracine AsberryYouth of color are experts on their lives, needs, and the injustices they face, but too rarely at the table in developing strategies for racial equity. The Youth Power initiative is built on that premise: an organizing hub where youth of color can gather, reflect, express themselves, build skills, organize, and advocate for serious change on issues that affect their lives. Youth participants will be compensated and will experience an affirming curriculum of Healing & Identity, Exploration & Innovation, and Policy Change. Dr. Asberry will discuss St. Paul Youth Services YouthPower initiative and, along with a few participating youth, will share practices that all organizations can adopt - from outreach to program design to advocacy to evaluation - to measurably improve equity and outcomes for youth of color. Newsletter:

JUNE 2017
Happy Hour: Promoting Positive Mental Well-Being

Strategic Focus: Building Skills and Relationships
Janet Lewis Muth, MPH, Director of Health Promotion, Carlton College

Janet Lewis MuthHappy Hour is a 10-session curriculum rooted in the science of positive psychology, designed to teach people the skills to flourish in home, community and work life. It was developed and piloted in Minnesota through the support of the Rice County Mental Health Collective, and continues to be supported by both Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges. Happy Hour series have been hosted in colleges, schools, and workplace settings in Northfield and Bemidji, MN. In a randomized, controlled study, participants in Happy Hour reported more positive emotions, fewer negative emotions, fewer depression symptoms and higher levels of both optimism and gratitude than the control group; these gains stayed in place five months after participating in Happy Hour. Participants also report appreciating the opportunity to practice skills and share the experience with others in a group setting.

Rice County Mental Health Collective - Webinar Slides (PDF)

MAY 2017
Living Life to the Full, A Pilot Program in the Somali Community

Dr. Rebekah Pratt, University of Minnesota Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Living Life to the Full is an evidence-based, peer-delivered mental health intervention that has been broadly implemented in the UK, Australia, and Canada. It was piloted with Somali women in Minnesota. The intervention was well received, particularly because it was delivered by a fellow community member. Participants reported gaining skills in problem solving, stress reduction, and anger management. Participants also felt that the intervention helped to address some of the stigma around mental health in their community.

Living Life to the Full: A Pilot Program in the Somali Community - Webinar Slides (PDF)