Goal Group Purpose

To encourage and equip citizens in achieving and maintaining mental fitness.

  1. Build networks throughout the county to equip citizens in achieving resilience.
  2. Increase the practice of intentional choices to reduce stress and anxiety.
  3. Educate to increase the community knowledge on mental fitness so individuals can make positive choices regarding their overall health.

Resiliency Tools

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.

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


Paper Tigers

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»

Find Support

Crow Wing County Support Groups

Resiliency Building Tools

Three Good Things notepad
Attitude of Gratitude tree
Attitude of Gratitude post-it notes
Resiliency bookmarks
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:

Bounce Back Project
3 Good Things
Nov 9 2015
Gratitude Letters
Signature Strengths

Promoting Children’s Mental Health Video Resources

Mental Health: Yours, Mine and Ours
A Very Happy Brain
Three Parts of Your Brain
How Brains are Built

Meetings & Contact

The Mental Fitness Goal Group meets monthly on the second Thursday.

To get involved with this Goal Group please email a co-chair:

Jessica Schwartz jessica.schwartz@essentiahealth.org

Julie Christensen JChristensen@nystromcounseling.com

Crisis Line and Referral Service
A confidential, and non-judgmental 24/7 crisis line for people who need a listening ear, information, referral resources, or crisis mental health intervention because we envision all people having access to resources that help them to cope or solve their problems. 800-462-5525
National Alliance on Mental Health
Call the NAMI Helpline at
Or in a crisis, 
text “NAMI” to 741741