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.
SAFE SPACES & SMALL ACTS
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!
MAY LUNCH & LEARN: SCIENCE OF MATTERING
Learn the foundational science of cultivating a sense of Mattering among youth. Mattering is a protective factor that reduces the likelihood of poor mental health and other risks such as suicide and substance misuse. Participants will leave with a grounding in the science of Mattering, explore statewide data, and discuss ways to cultivate Mattering as a primary prevention strategy. This offering is a highlight of a larger training available to partners and communities across the state.
FREE ZOOM SESSION
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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Upcoming Conferences and Events
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.