Building resilience in Washington County

The WellSpring Project was established in 2020 as a community driven initiative that uses upstream public health efforts to promote resilience and healthy development for all people in Washington County, MN. WellSpring implements multiple strategies to address well-being through the lens of the intergenerational transmission of trauma, stress, and poor health outcomes. We are intentional in promoting the themes of hope, connectedness, empowerment, inclusivity, empathy, mindfulness, and a proactive approach in our work. 

Leadership Team

To create and sustain meaningful change that reflects the need of our community, WellSpring convenes a group of stakeholders who are dedicated to the development of resilience and well-being in Washington County. The leadership team represents different sectors and voices in our community.

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Team member, please contact

Special projects

Check out how we’ve been working towards our goal of
resilience through these special projects.

Community Conversations
This resource will support you and your community in having important conversations about grief, loss, and mental health during difficult times. These conversations help build resilience and provide an opportunity for individuals or community groups to develop a plan to support their well-being.

Free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

In order to protect our community, Washington County Public Health & Environment encourages anyone in the community who is interested to take a free lifesaving suicide intervention course. The QPR Gatekeeper online course teaches participants how to “Question, Persuade, and Refer” a person who may be considering suicide through a one hour session that can be accessed at any time. 

To access your free training:

Go to the QPR Gatekeeper Training Portal
Enter WCDPH as your Organization Code
Select Create Account
Complete and submit your registration form with your email
QPR will display and email the newly created username and password
Log in to begin training at

Funding Opportunities

WellSpring partners with organizations within the community to create a network of resilience in Washington County. Here are examples of previous WellSpring Partner Projects. Stay tuned for 2023 funding announcements.

We all need help sometimes

These resources can help you navigate mental health resources in your community. In case of an emergency use the hotlines below or dial 911.

Warm/Hot Lines
Crisis Text Line

Text MN to 741741
The 24/7 emergency service is available if you
or someone you know is experiencing a psychiatric or mental health crisis.

Washington County Crisis Response Contacts

Adult Mental Health Crises Response: 651-275-7400
Children Mental Health Crises Response: 651-275-7400

National Youth Crisis Hotline

Call 1-800-442-4673

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+)

Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

Minnesota Warmline

Call 651-288-0400 or text “Support” to 85511
Are you an adult needing support?
Talk to a specialist who has firsthand experience living with a mental health condition.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Call or text 988 or visit
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the U.S.

Abuse Response Services

Call 651-777-1117 or visit the website

Domestic Violence Shelters & Supports
Casa de Esperanza domestic violence shelter

Call 651-772-1611
Mobilizes Latinas and Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence.


Call 612-825-0000
Helps people of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds who have experienced relationship violence, elder abuse, addiction, sexual exploitation or other forms of trauma.

Women’s Advocates domestic violence shelter hotline

Call 651-227-8284
Walks with victim/survivors and our community to break the cycle of domestic violence.

Resources for People of Color
Directory of Black Psychotherapists

Mary Ellen Strong Foundation: Promotes mental health in underserved communities.

Therapy for Black Girls

An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Irreducible Grace Foundation

A youth empowerment organization that creates safe spaces and healing opportunities for youth of color.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

This organization works to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional healthcare and healing.

Black Mental Health Matters

Contains resources to therapists and hotlines for Black African Americans struggling with mental health during this uncertain and challenging time in our Black community.

Transportation Services in Washington County

Provides residents of Washington County, Minnesota with transportation options that get them where they want to go safely and affordably.

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The WellSpring Project helps people who live in Washington County, Minnesota be more healthy and resilient at every stage of life.

Find resources tailored for you by clicking the circles below.

Resilience 101

What is Resilience and How is it Created?

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the process of being able to adapt and grow in the face of life changes and challenges.

Everyone experiences challenges.

Throughout life, every person will experience twists and turns, from everyday challenges to traumatic events with more lasting impact.

Reactions are unique to each person.

Each change can affect people differently, bringing a unique mix of thoughts and emotions.

People adapt over time.

In general, people adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful situations—in part thanks to individual resilience and resilient communities.

Resilience can be created through different skills developed, through relationships with others, and by connecting with the larger community.

Youth & Young Adults

It’s okay to feel.

During the teen years it is important to explore and learn who you are and how you want to engage with the world. You can do this through a variety of ways including goal-setting, defining beliefs and values, and developing a relationship with yourself and with people who are important to you.

Learn about resilience, get resources to help with mindfulness and stress relief, and explore your role in your relationships and community.

Resilience requires practice. Take action for yourself and your community by setting goals, maintaining healthy relationships, and defining your values.

Normalize talking about mental health and illness and share information and resources with friends, classmates, and peers on social media.


Take time for you.

Adults contribute a great deal to the community by guiding current and future generations through their role in families, relationships, and careers. At this stage of life, adults may be responsible for raising children, teens, or being caregivers to older adults. Although adults juggle many responsibilities, personal mental health and well-being needs to be prioritized in order to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Learn skills to make you resilient, get resources to strengthen your self-compassion, and explore resilience in yourself and your community.

Resilience requires practice. Take action for yourself and your community by practicing self-care, mentoring others, and maintaining healthy relationships.

Normalize talking about mental health and illness and share information about resilience with friends, family, and coworkers.

Parents & Children

Help build healthy relationships.

Resilient families are better equipped to handle the inevitable challenges of life. Families can foster resilience in children by building strong bonds that promote trust, autonomy, and self-confidence.

Take steps to learn how you can build resilience in yourself, your children, and in your community by checking out these resources:

Resilience requires practice. Take action for yourself and your community by practicing self-care, discussing mental health with your children, and connecting with other parents.

  • Watch and discuss resilience videos: A Very Happy Brain
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities and connect with other parents.
  • Prioritize your well-being and your relationship with your partner. Healthy adults support healthy children.

Normalize talking about mental health and illness and share information about resilience with other parents and friends.

Older Adults

You are not alone.

Older adults are given an opportunity to give back to the community by sharing integrity and wisdom. It is a time to reflect your experiences and find meaning in the next stage of life. Building resilience as older adults supports well-being and promotes connection.

Learn about resilience, get resources about aging and mental health, and explore your place within your family and community.

Resilience requires practice. Take action for yourself and your community by finding social opportunities, connecting with family and friends, and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Normalize talking about mental health and illness and share information about resilience with friends, family, and community members.