Fort Memorial Hospital
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Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
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Building Resiliency

Resilient Wisconsin – Coping and practicing resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Building resilience within ourselves, our relationships, and in our community matters. Resilient Wisconsin brings together the latest evidence-based tools and trauma-informed practices.  The following strategies for building resilience as well as a variety of other tools and resources can be found here 

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Resilient Wisconsin:

Try these seven strategies for building resilience

These resilience-building practices can help you learn to adapt and recover in the face of adversity.

    • Prioritize healthy relationships: Build a supportive network of people who care about you and spend quality time (even if virtually) with them.
    • Take care of your body: It’s easier to maintain mental and emotional balance when you feel healthy. Make an effort to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise three or more times a week.
    • Avoid negative outlets: Look for healthy ways to process difficult emotions. Trying to escape these emotions through harmful substance use will create more stress.
    • Be proactive: We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can take charge of our response. Break problems into manageable tasks and move forward.
    • Practice self-awareness: When stressful events occur, it’s important to take a step back and reflect before we react. It helps to understand where your emotions are coming from before you share them.
    • Learn from the past: Recognize who or what was helpful (or unhelpful) the last time you were in a stressful situation. Remembering other challenges you’ve overcome can help.
    • Ask for help when you need it: Reaching out to family or friends, a health care professional, or a community resource isn’t easy, but knowing how to accept help is a sign of strength.  Helping Wisconsin through a Pandemic.  Visit the website or call 2-1-1.  Trained crisis counselors available to help people better understand their situation and reactions, assist in the review of their options, provide emotional support and encourage linkage with resources.  Download Project Recovery Brochure.

Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health

Support for Families

Feelings thermometer (Spanish)

Learn how to use the Feelings Thermometer

Building Social & Emotional Skills (Spanish) 

Supporting Child Well-Being Through Building Resiliency (Spanish)


To find a newly updated comprehensive list of mental well-being resources, please visit  Resources include local mental health crisis and non-crisis support numbers, mental health providers, virtual services and support, and mental well-being tools.