CMHCI Resilience Workgroup

Children’s Mental Health Collective Impact

Resilience Workgroup Goal Statement:

All Wisconsin’s children, youth and their families have accurate and timely information and the supports needed for social emotional development, optimal mental health and resilience, including relationships and social networks that provide friendship, love and hope. 

The Resilience Workgroup has four focus areas:

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  1. Defining & Promoting Resilience Culture & Language
  2. Building Resiliency in Individuals, Families, and Schools Across the Life Span
  3. Building a Professional Culture of Resilience
  4. Resiliency: Measuring our Progress

Looking for Resilience Resources?

Below are a few favorites. Here is a complete list of resiliency resources.

Jump to resources for:

Children & Youth / Families / Communities / Agencies & Institutions / Systems / Cultural Competencies



For Children & Youth

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​Learn about youth development Youth Thrive: Advancing Healthy Adolescent Development and Well-Being.
Learn what makes a resilience child in this interactive game!
​This list of Youth Protective and Promotive Factors provides information about key elements of healthy youth.
Emotional Regulation Action Plan - A tool from the WI Department of Public Instruction to support children of all ages learn about their emotions and develop a plan to cope with stressful events.
Middle/High School
Elementary School
Kindergarten to Second Grade
The Center for Healthy Minds' Kindness Curriculum is available for free!
10 best phrases to teach resilience to your kids - From Kidspot.


For Families

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Don't Forget the Families, created by the Search Institute, outlines the importance of family relationships in developing resilience.
​Looking to "boost your child's ability to bounce back from life's challenges?" Check out Best Start's Building Resilience in Young Children, a booklet for parents. Available also in French.

​Protective Factors Training from the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board
​Join a Parent Café to connect with other families across Wisconsin.

For Communities

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Health, Safety & Resilience: Foundations for Health Equity. A summary document of how Washington State (and other communities) is affected by four scientific concepts: Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resilience. Learn what kinds of community interventions can help build resilient children by playing this interactive game!

For Agencies or Institutions

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Guide for Engaging and Supporting Parents Affected by Domestic Violence
Implement the steps organizations can take to introduce resilience into their workplace culture from UNC Business School's "Building a Resilient Organizational Culture." This tool is a concise, business-focused (but sector-agnostic) guide to improving individual and organizational resilience.
​Build resilience through learning about brain chemistry and information overload and integrate that information into an organizational culture change with a presentation from the WI Alliance of Infant Mental Health, "Creating an Environment and Culture of Resiliency: Evoking the Best in Others & Ourselves".

For Systems

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​Watch: Working toward a more trauma-informed city from Dr. Ken Ginsburg.
​(Coming Soon)
REDGen: Check out this Milwaukee community that is building resilience through integrating schools, faith communities, and more to build resilience across systems.


Building a Resilient Culture

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Michael Ungar's "Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts" provides a resiliency frame that is health-focused and culturally-embedded.
Use this Model of Development of Resilience from Arve Gunnestad to build protective factors.
Learn about diversity from the Supporting Families Together Association presentation - "I'm Diverse, You're Diverse, Let's Talk!"


Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities

The Resilience Workgroup is also a part of OCMH's Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) grant, a learning collaborative which brings together communities that are acting on their commitment to trauma-informed change. The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) recently launched a new website, marc.healthfederation.org, to extend the reach of the MARC grant. On the MARC website, you'll find descriptions and snapshots of each community, including Wisconsin! 

MARC is coordinated by the Health Federation of Philadelphia with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment.


For more information about the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact work, please contact Karen at 608-267-7792 or at Karen.katz@wisconsin.gov.