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Resilience starts by reaching out.

Resilience—the ability to bounce back from life’s stresses—can uncover the power to overcome hurtful experiences. Just one positive relationship can go a long way toward building resilience—a friend or family member, a neighbor, or a trusted medical professional.

How to build

Resilience may not be something we are born with, but it is something everyone can learn and grow.

Building resilience

This video from Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University gives an overview of building resilience.

Resilience strategies

Kati Morton, LMFT, is a licensed therapist who makes videos about mental health, including this one about practical strategies to build resilience.

Resilience University

Founded in 2020, Resilience University connects families with adequate resources and healthy coping skills to foster resilience and lower stress.

The Resilience Tree

This graphic from the Center for Community Resilience illustrates positive outcomes produced in communities with equitable access to integrated supports that prevent adversity and promote social and economic wellbeing.

Research shows that resilience-building activities can help reduce the risk of later health consequences.

Build healthy relationships

Healthy relationships with people who have similar interests or experiences as you is a huge benefit to your health.

Organizations like Oxford County Wellness Collaborative, SeniorsPlus, and River Valley Health Community Coalition, offer classes, programs, and resources that allow for connection with the greater community.

Practice self-care

Self-care is vital for building resilience toward those stressors in life that you can’t eliminate. When you’ve taken steps to care for your mind and body, you’ll be better equipped to live your best life.

Here are some local resources to access free support for the body and mind: 

Healthy Living Maine

StrengthenME Wellness Check-In

Self-care strategies for resilience

Western Maine Cancer Resource Center

• Make an appointment to see a primary care provider

• Make an appointment to see a mental health care provider in-person or virtually

• Connect with resources (housing, food, finances, transit ect) that will support you using your zip code in the Find Help resource

Spend time in nature

Being in nature provides a boost to our health–physically, mentally and emotionally. There are lots of great places to get outside locally.

Western Foothills Land Trust provides public access to trails and lands at their preserves across the Oxford Hills area.

Looking for more trails, or for trails in a different part of maine? Maine Trail Finder is packed with great info.

Join in supporting creating Hope Gardens through the Yellow Tulip Project, a project focused on smashing mental health stigma and building hope and resilience. Find a garden near you!

Here are some resilience-building programs for kids—some are outdoors!

Local 4-H partners

Mahoosuc Kids Association

Maine Audubon kids activities

Maine TransNet

Maine Youth Action Network


Roberts Farm

Spend time helping others

Volunteering is a great way to stay connected with your community while contributing positively. It builds internal and external resilience and generally just feels great!

Here are a few links to great regional and virtual volunteer opportunities:

Alan Day Community Garden

Create the Good

Hospice Volunteers

Point of Light

Responsible Pet Care

Roberts Farm

Virtual Volunteer Match

Consider volunteering with local libraries, nonprofits, land trusts, schools, sports programs, hospitals, food pantries and/or through faith organizations.

People throughout our community want to help.

We don’t have to feel ashamed for hurting from things that we didn’t choose—like childhood experiences.

Shame and fear can get in the way of talking about the things that have hurt us. However, talking can be an important part of moving past hurts. 

If you, your child, or your household needs help to heal and thrive, please reach out. 

Tri-County Mental Health Services

Oxford County Mental Health Services

If you are in crisis, please call or text 988.

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.

Social connections matter

Healthy relationships with people with similar interests or experiences to you is a huge benefit to your health.

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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