connecting helps us rebuild

One positive relationship can make a difference.

Building resilience begins with healthy relationships. Connections can be made with others, with your community—with yourself.

One positive relationship can help to overcome life’s challenges. Give and seek support when you can.

Find what brings you joy.

What is a positive relationship?

This article from Northwestern Medicine says, “A positive relationship can be shared between any two people who support, encourage and help each other practically as well as emotionally.”

Social connections 

Healthy relationships with people with similar interests or experiences to you is a huge benefit to your health, and provides connections that you can lean into when things are tough.

The Oxford County Wellness Collaborative has a social connections calendar and a list of social connection resources on their website.

There are a number of community calendars with links to activities, support groups regionally. Here are a few: Sun Journal Events Calendar, Maine Public Community Calendar, Maine News Events Calendar. Consider connecting with people who share your interests.

Peer Recovery Centers (like the Larry Labonte Recovery Center in Rumford and the Lakes Region Recovery Center in Bridgton) often offer a variety of programs and resources for people recovering from substance use disorders. These can include support groups, art classes, yoga lessons, social gatherings, and more.

Additional peer support groups and programs for behavioral health include National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine Chapter groups, Maine Behavioral Health’s peer support program, and Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative’s peer recovery coach program.

River Valley Healthy Community Coalition hosts monthly senior lunches that provide a good meal AND a good time for older adults in the River Valley area.

SeniorsPlus offers regular classes that are a great way for older adults to connect. They also have a drop-in center in Norway.

The Table is an organization based in Norway that has open-invite outdoor adventures for their Healthy Outdoors Group. Their Facebook page is the best way to check out what the group is up to and find a way to join in on an outing. They also offer free community breakfasts, clothing giveaways, and more.

Here are a few regional groups providing social support and connection to the LGBTQ+ community of Western Maine: OUTMaine, Equality Maine, MaineTrans.Net, Outright LA Chapter

Learn more

Want to be connected to others who are working to support resilience? Check out these organizations:

Maine Resilience Building Network

Maine Resilience Building Network connects people across the state who are working to improve understanding of ACEs and the importance of resilience. They provide regular learning and networking events, insightful reports, and a fantastic biannual conference. 

PACEs Connections

Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) Connections offers a website packed with great resources and a great newsletter with news, research and reports. 

What are ACEs?

The hurtful things that happen to us when we’re young can have lasting impacts on our health and wellbeing. The more hurts we experience, the greater the impact may be.

Building resilience

Resilience is a skill that we can learn to develop. From practicing self-care to spending time in nature, there are lots of way to build resilience.

Raising resilient kids

Raising kids can be challenging. Thankfully, there are programs to connect to other parents and to learn and practice new skills.

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