Goal Group Purpose
To encourage and equip citizens in achieving and maintaining mental fitness.
- Build networks throughout the county to equip citizens in achieving resilience.
- Increase the practice of intentional choices to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Educate to increase the community knowledge on mental fitness so individuals can make positive choices regarding their overall health.
Building resiliency is an importance step in improving health and wellness in our community. The Mental Fitness goal group has created resiliency tools for your organization to help lead this effort:
3 Good Things Notepads: Pausing each day to remember 3 good things that happened helps refocus your mind on the positive
Attitude of Gratitude: Create a culture of gratitude by posting an Attitude of Gratitude tree in your organization, and use the Attitude of Gratitude post-it notes to have people display what they are grateful for in their lives
Sleep Toolkit: Lack of adequate sleep impacts our judgment, mood, ability to learn, over time increases risk of health problems. The Guide to Healthy Sleep booklet gives tips for healthy sleep at every stage of life
Make It OK: On average people wait 10 years to seek help for mental illness, often due to stigma . Reducing stigma is the message of the Make It Ok campaign. Trained ambassadors are available to present to your organization and open the conversation to ultimately reduce stigma.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
The following are a series of articles aimed at exploring the problem of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their harmful effects on the physical, emotional and mental health of our community. Substantial public health research confirms that mistreatment of children results in a variety of problems for them as they grow into adulthood. Although the problems that result from ACEs create ripple effects throughout our communities, research shows that we can build resilience to the trauma caused by ACEs. Resilience trumps ACEs!
Mental Illness of a Parent
Addiction of a Parent
Sexual Abuse of Children
Divorce or Separation of a Parent
ARC (ACEs and Resilience Cohort)
Purpose: To achieve a healthier community through 1) public education about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and 2) promotion of resilience building knowledge and skills at the individual, family and community levels.
“Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: ACE-Building-Self-Healing-Communities-Handout
Make It Ok
Purpose: The Make It OK campaign is designed to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses and ask for help. Learn more
Directed by JAMES REDFORD and Produced by KAREN PRITZKER View Video»
“The documentary Paper Tigers shows what’s possible when schools talk to kids instead of suspending them.”
– Liz Dwyer, Culture and education editor for Take Part
Want to Get Troubled Teens on the College Track? Figure Out Why They Misbehave. Swearing at teachers, throwing chairs in a classroom, getting into fights on campus, or ditching class—those kinds of behaviors are sure to get students suspended, expelled, or handcuffed in the back of a squad car at most American high schools. But instead of responding with the typical punitive, zero-tolerance disciplinary tactics, what would happen if teachers and administrators started asking kids who act out what’s really going on in their lives? In Paper Tigers—a documentary that follows six troubled teens and the staff at Lincoln Alternative High School in rural Walla Walla, Washington—educators try a different approach: by recognizing that student misbehavior is usually the result of traumatic stress from being abused or neglected, kids’ lives are transformed.
Teaching Traumatized Kids
Some schools are using simple acts of kindness to support vulnerable students»
Resiliency Building Tools
Three Good Things notepad
Attitude of Gratitude tree
Attitude of Gratitude post-it notes
A Guide to Healthy Sleep
If your organization is interested in promoting an attitude of gratitude and borrowing a gratitude tree poster, request resources from a contact above.
How To Practice Random Acts of Kindness
Research has shown that performing an act of kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise that has been tested. We challenge you to find one wholly unexpected kind act to do — and simply do it! Participate in the following tools that were shared by Dr. Bryan Sexton during The Science of Resilience event on September 21, 2015:
Promoting Children’s Mental Health Video Resources
Meetings & Contact
The Mental Fitness Goal Group meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:45 am at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 523 North 3rd St, Brainerd 56401.
To get involved with this Goal Group please email: