Resilience Building Network’s mission is to promote resilience in all people by increasing
the understanding of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance
of building resilience through protective factors such as positive relationships.
MAINE RESILIENCE BUILDING NETWORK
Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) is a statewide public health 501(c)3 organization with a network reaching more than 2,000 individuals and organizations across Maine. MRBN is at the forefront of thought leadership and action to bring about awareness and change that addresses the systematic inequities and root causes of poor public health and health-related outcomes related to ACEs. MRBN is recognized as a leader, convener, catalyst, and key resource for informing organizations, communities, education leaders and staff to create systems change and policy to improve the health and well-being of Maine's children and families.
Trauma-informed practice recognizes that the majority of our population has experienced an adverse event throughout their lives and that organizations and systems can be pathways to healing and recovery. Trauma-informed systems respond to those experiences by integrating knowledge about trauma into their services, policies, and practices on both the individual and organizational level. Finally, trauma-informed care is predicted on the understanding that healing can occur and it actively works to resist harming individuals, families, and communities further.
MRBN provides trauma-informed training and technical assistance across the service continuum and supports leaders and staff in shifting practice and culture to achieve responsiveness and healing.
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE-Building Positive Environments and Conditions to Support Resilience for Maine's Children, Youth, Families and Communities
Community resilience framed strategies address root causes of public health issues and address health equity as well. A community resilience approach helps our systems and policies go “upstream” and prioritize prevention. Without it, we sustain the cycle of repair — endlessly treating the fallout without addressing the systems, policies, and practices that perpetuate the issue. When we look to build community resilience, we understand that resilience can be supported and promoted at both the individual and the community level. Community resilience recognizes that structures and systems at the community level must be activated across sectors to address health equity, and must be inclusive of all voices, those with lived experience and across the lifespan.
MATTERING and SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS
Maine Resilience Building Network launched Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth in response to data and research that makes a compelling case for community involvement in promoting mental health and well-being among young people. According to the 2019 National Survey of Children’s Health, Maine has the nation’s highest rate of children with diagnosed anxiety disorders, and the third highest rate of children with diagnosed depression. In a 2019 survey of Maine middle and high school students, 20 percent of middle schoolers and 16 percent of high schoolers said they have seriously considered suicide.
At the same time, 41 percent of middle school students and 44 percent of high school students said they don’t feel they matter in their communities. Mattering is strongly connected to the protective factor of social connectedness, recognized by the US CDC’s National Center on Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as one of the five priority Social Determinants of Health that can impact health and health equity.
EDUCATION, TRAINING and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Maine Resilience Building Network offers a range of professional development and training opportunities for professionals, parents, and community members. These training sessions are intended to build skills and knowledge about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs), protective factors and resilience, trauma-informed care practices, individual and organizational wellness, and other topics that improve the wellbeing of all community members.
Educational Opportunities and Events
MRBN leads and supports a network across Maine to build resilience and well-being by providing systems that strengthen children, family, workplace, and community connections. MRBN is at the forefront of thought leadership and action to bring about positive changes that address systemic inequities and root causes of poor health outcomes related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
MRBN provides statewide network meetings, professional development and training programs, and contributes to state and local policy development.
MRBN Members & Friends: Please seek help right away if you have trouble coping or feel overwhelmed or are worried about a friend or loved one. The Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline is available 24/7. For assistance, call 1-888-569-1112 or call 211, Maine's Resource Line.
The Teen Peer Support Text Line 207-515-8398, for ages 14-20, staffed by people under 23 years old.
Please view MRBN's Wellness Resources
Written by : Anndee Hochman for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Shared Learnings series.