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.


Creative Resources

Help us promote mental health awareness. Materials on this page are provided by The WellSpring Project to help our partners, mental health professionals, and people like you share resilience messaging. Learn how you can best share The WellSpring Project and help Washington County become more resilient.

Social Media Graphics

Introduction to WellSpring Social Post

 Youth & Young Adults


Parents & Children

Older Adults

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Social Media Post Captions (Spanish)
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