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 strives to be intentional in promoting the themes of belonging, inclusivity, cultural attunement, connectedness, empowerment, mindfulness, and celebrating the intersectional experiences that foster growth, collaboration, positive and healthy relationships and dynamics. Contact us to see how we can become partners. 

Special projects

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

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

You are not alone.

Call 911 if you need EMS, fire and/or police dispatched to your location.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 9-8-8
or Chat
Help is available 24/7.

988 provides immediate emotional support to Minnesota residents. Staffed by trained counselors at local 988 centers, the lifeline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. The 988 Lifeline provides easier access to mental health crisis care through a 200+ network of crisis call, text, and chat centers, separate from the public safety purposes of 911, where the focus is on dispatching emergency medical services, fire, and police, as needed.

Washington County Crisis Response Unit
Call 651-275-7400
Help is available 24/7.

Face-to-face, short-term, intensive, mental health crisis services that assist and support individuals and families with crisis counseling, navigating the mental health system; referral(s) to on-going services; and resources and information.

National Youth Crisis Hotline

Call 1-800-442-4673

Veterans Crisis Line

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1; or text 838255

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.

Abuse Response Services

Call 651-777-1117 or visit the website

Casa de Esperanza domestic violence shelter

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

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.


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.

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Get the tools you
need to build resilience.

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.

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.

People of Color

Embrace culture.

Your cultural connection is a strength. Get connected to places and spaces in our resources.


Pride in community.

You are not alone. Find a queer peer in WellSpring’s resource page.


Grow together.

Changing weather and the land can be stressful. Connect with someone who understands that everyday struggles of rural life.


Lean in and connect.

Moving to a new place can be both scary and exciting. Build healthy relationships with new people and places.


Honor your mind.

Serving others is part of who you are. Find a peer that understands your service journey.