October and November Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community Sessions

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Tuesday, October 29 is Healing Illuminated: Promoting Self-Care in our Families, Schools and Communities.

Tuesday, November 26 is Cultivating Social Connection in Rural Communities.

More information is below and attached. Both sessions will take place from 10 am until 12 pm in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located on the lower level of the Isanti County Government Center (555 18th Ave SW, Cambridge).

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Healing Illuminated: Promoting Self-Care in our Families, Schools and Communities


Rebeka Ndosi

Healing Justice Coach & Consultant, Health Practitioner, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Speaker, Film Producer

Learning and practicing self-care must happen in community and be reinforced in community. Providing parents, teachers and other caregivers tools to self-regulate are a critical part of a trauma informed organization and community. Healing Illuminated provides adults with these tools to heal as well as specific tools and skills to share those gifts with the young people in their lives. Healing Illuminated provides breathing, yoga, mindfulness and other tools to adults from schools, organizations and communities across the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and nationwide, and is finding ways to help build them into school systems. One example is a training they offered through a cohort of adult educators, youth workers, parents and caregivers who work with students who are labeled as having Educational Behavioral Disorder. Along with practicing mind-body tools for addressing their own stress and trauma, participants engaged in learning about the history of the EBD Special Education category and ways to incorporate simple tools into their lives, their homes, classrooms, offices and organizations in order to create a space of wholeness for themselves and the youth in their lives.…….Learn about how this work has evolved and been implemented in multiple kinds of spaces. https://www.alifeinpractice.com/

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Cultivating Social Connection in Rural Communities


Carrie Henning-Smith, Phd, MPH, MSW

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health

Deputy Director, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center


Meg Moynihan, MS

Senior Advisor, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Dairy Farmer


Doris Mold

Past Present American Agri-Woman (AAW)

President Sunrise Agricultural Associates, LLC

Along with the growing concerns about mental health in rural communities, there is increasing attention to social isolation and loneliness. Learn about the research on social isolation and health, including why this is an urgent and important public health matter and what makes social isolation unique in a rural context. Hear about two rural Minnesota efforts:

  • TransFARMationa radio and podcast series created by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the Red River Farm Radio Network, which reaches agricultural listeners in 20 markets in northwest Minnesota, and the Dakotas. The series is designed to help farmers hear stories of people like themselves and realize that they are not alone in their struggles. It features local farmers talking about how they have coped with adversity. The first six shows have been heard more than 30,000 times. This is part of MDA efforts to reduce stress in farming and agriculture since 2016.
  • Cultivating Resilience in Women- a growing and evolving virtual community that currently includes: online sessions and webinars about resilience and social connections; opportunities for community input; and weekly virtual coffee chats that provide an opportunity for people in agriculture to share stories and talk about stress, and resilience practices.

Learn how you can apply these models and tools, which are deeply grounded in the agricultural community patterns and practices.

More Information

Sites? The link to Registration includes a list of sites near you.

No Site Address? We will update site addresses as identified. Hosts will also email participants before the event.

No Site Near You? Email anna.lynn to confirm if one is currently available or to become a host.

Other Questions? Email anna.lynn


How can you help?
Learn about what to say…

CRISIS phone line:
Local Crisis Help 800 523-3333
Text:  “MN” to 741741
Or call or text 988

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In a life threatening situation or medical emergency, call your doctor or 911.

Just need to talk?
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