Maine 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 (MRBN) is a statewide public health 501(c)3 Organization with a network reaching close to 2000 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.

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On October 6, 2021, MRBN presented a 20-hour webinar on Youth Mattering. Dr. Gordon Flett, author of “The Psychology of Mattering: Understanding the Human Need to be Significant", provided insight into the science and evidence on Youth Mattering, issues of youth social anxiety and perfectionism, and strategies for communities to enhance supports for Youth Mattering.

A panel of Maine experts offered perspectives on how Youth Mattering and connectedness affect their work.

Chris McLaughlin, LCSW
Associate Vice President
Community & Pediatric Services
Northern Light Hospital

Kellie D. Bailey MA CCC-SLP, MMT/SEL-I
Social Emotional Learning/Restorative Practice Specialist
Office of School and Student Support
Maine Department of Education

Danie Fortin
Teen Services Librarian
McArthur Public Library
Chair of the Youth Services Section, Maine Library Association

Presented in partnership with Maine CDC and AdCare

Thank you Dr. Flett, panelists, and all who attended and participated in this learning opportunity!

Help us celebrate one year of Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth!

It’s been almost a year since we launched Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth and we are so inspired by the work being done throughout our state to support the health and well-being of our young people.

The isolation and disconnect caused by the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the power of connection to bring our community together during challenging times. Now more than ever, we want to share and celebrate all the ways people are making sure that Maine youth feel seen, heard, and valued!

We invite you to join the celebration by sharing your story. Have you found new ways to connect with youth? Has your organization made changes to keep connections strong while remaining physically distant?

Please click this link to tell us how you are working to make sure youth know how much they matter!


MRBN Leaders Urge Decision Makers to Include Prevention in Pandemic Repair Strategy 

MRBN Executive Director Kini-Ana Tinkham and Board President Leslie Forstadt submitted an opinion article to the Bangor Daily news, urging state and county leaders to consider the role of primary prevention in Maine's pandemic recovery plan.

"Repair is necessary. But when it comes to the pandemic’s toll on Mainers’ mental health, it is crucial to include prevention in the recovery plan. Without it, we perpetuate the cycle of repair — endlessly dealing with mental and physical health issues after they occur. We need systems and policies that prioritize primary prevention," they wrote.

This OpEd was published in the Bangor Daily News June 15, 2021.

Click here to read the article.

MRBN's Mattering Work Highlighted on ABC7/Fox22 in Bangor 

MRBN Executive Director Kini-Ana Tinkham spoke with reporter Stephanie Wittenbach from ABC7/Fox22 about Mattering and youth mental health.

Thanks to Shannon Fowles for sharing her perspective as well!

Watch the story here!

Upcoming MRBN Meetings

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth


More than 40 percent of middle and high school students in Maine don’t feel they matter in their communities. Given that Mattering is a protective factor for mental health issues and diseases of despair, that statistic is particularly alarming in a state that leads the nation in youth diagnosed with anxiety and where an increasing number of young people report considering suicide.

The Maine Resilience Building Network launched Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth in response to the data and research that builds a compelling case for the need for communities to ensure that young people feel seen, heard, and valued.

Nearly 500 civic & business leaders, educators, healthcare professionals, public safety leaders & staff, lawmakers, organizations, and community members participated. in a statewide series of Community Conversations identified strategies and approaches that support Mattering, which are summed up the newly-released report Building a Culture for Community Resilience: Safe Spaces and Small Acts. 

For work in communities to be sustainable, policies and systems must be in place to support them. With this report, MRBN offers communities and policy makers a starting point to work together to ensure that Maine youth matter.


to everyone who participated in our Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth Community Conversations!

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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.

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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

    Maine Resilience Building Network: Catalyzing a Statewide Movement

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         Written by : Anndee Hochman for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Shared Learnings series. 

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