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.

Monthly Registration:

Learning Community Documents:


SEPTEMBER 2017 - 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 and Mark Ellingson, Board Certified Chaplain, Altru Health System

Ellie McCann Ellie McCann 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.

AUGUST 2017 - 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)