Resilient Wisconsin

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Building resilience—the ability to adapt and recover from adversity—within ourselves, our relationships, and in our communities matters. When we find healthy ways to cope with trauma and toxic stress, especially during the tough times, we take a step closer to becoming more resilient. 


Stress takes many forms

  • Mood swings and intense feelings, including fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, sadness, anger, guilt, and disorientation
  • Denial, detachment, or avoidance
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Irritability, strained relationships and conflicts with family, friends, and co-workers
  • Changes in your normal sleep or eating patterns
  • Soreness, nausea, head or stomach ache
  • Elevated breathing, heartbeats, and blood pressure
  • Sensitivity to unusual sounds, smells, and changes in your environment
  • A worsening of preexisting chronic or mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Reduce stress

Stress and anxiety can make us spiral. Take the time to discover which coping skills work for you, and practice them every day.

Establish a routine
Staying balanced is easier when you build periods of activity and rest into your daily schedule.

Talk it out
Try talking about your experiences and feelings with loved ones, a trusted advisor, or a support group or mental health professional. It can help.

Avoid big decisions when possible
Important decisions are usually stressful in their own right, and can be even harder when you're dealing with a trauma.

Monitor your reactions
Check in with your body and emotions. Know the signs of toxic stress and reach out for help if you feel like you can’t cope.

Care for yourself

You’re not being selfish, you’re showing self-interest. Taking the time to protect your own physical and mental health ensures you have the resources to take care of others.

Get the 3 “goods”
That’s good-for-you foods, a good night’s sleep, and a good amount of exercise.

Relax your body
Do what that works for you, like taking deep breaths, stretching and exercising, meditation, and spiritual activities.

Do something you enjoy
Eat a good meal, read, create a playlist of your favorite music, play video games, or talk to family and friends.

Set boundaries
Don’t let current events take over what you read, watch, or talk about. And don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to talk about something else.

Avoid negative outlets
Find healthy ways to process your emotions. Avoid self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, or risky behaviors.

Apps for mindfulness and well-being

  • Calm: Variety of meditation exercises and relaxing soundtracks organized by topic (stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, etc.).
  • Happify: Science-based activities and games to overcome worries and stress.
  • Headspace: Sets of guided meditations aimed at tackling problems related to stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and relationships.
  • Healthy Minds: Translates neuroscience into tools for everyday life using mindfulness practices and podcast style lessons.
  • Insight Timer: Guided meditation app with a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices targeting stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • Recovery Path: Personalized evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies for people struggling with or recovering from substance use.
  • Ten Percent Happier: Large selection of guided meditations and mindfulness practices.

Helpline, hotlines, and virtual support meetings

Not safe at home?
Services and supports are available to people who are unsafe in their home or experiencing violence in any way.

National Disaster Distress Helpline
Speak to a trained counselor


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Speak to a trained counselor


Crisis Text Line
Connect with someone who cares

Text HOPELINE to 741741


For caregivers

Eldercare Locator
Find help in your community

Caregiver Help Desk
Support to keep you and your loved ones safe

Wisconsin's Family Caregiver Support Programs: Virtual events for caregivers

For essential and frontline workers

Support from retired law enforcement officers who understand the stressors of law enforcement careers

Physician Support Line
Support for doctors facing mental health challenges

Safe Call Now
Connect with resources to help you through a crisis

For farmers and farm families

Wisconsin Farm Center
Support for farmers and their families

24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline
Connect with a licensed mental health professional

For LGBTQ+ community

LGBT National ​Hotline

PRISM Program (LGBTQ Youth)

Trans Lifeline

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth
Text START to 678678

For parents and families

Boys Town National Hotline
Connect with a counselor
Text VOICE to 20121

National Parent Helpline
Get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent

For people with mental health concerns

Hotlines and helplines

Wisconsin Peer-Run Respites
Speak with someone who knows what you are going through

  • Iris Place: 920-815-3217
  • La Crosse Lighthouse:  608-519-1489 
  • Monarch House: 715-505-5641
  • Parachute House: 414-877-5918
  • Solstice House: 608-244-5077

Wisconsin Peer Recovery Centers
Speak with someone who knows what you are going through

  • Cornucopia: 608-249-7477
  • The Friendship Connection: 608-339-6810
  • The Gathering Place: 920-430-9187
  • NAMI Welcome Center: 262-339-1235
  • Our Space: 414-383-8921
  • RAVE Recovery Avenue: 608-785-9615
  • The Wellness Shack: 715-855-7705



NAMI Helpline
Get support for mental health concerns
800-950-NAMI (6264)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Speak with a counselor

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
Support for people impacted by psychosis

Milwaukee Warmline
Support for people living with a mental health concern

Virtual meetings

All Wisconsin counties have a behavioral health crisis hotline. Find the phone number for your county.

For people with substance use concerns

Helplines and hotlines

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline
Connect with support services in your area

Wisconsin Peer Recovery Centers
Speak with someone who knows what you are going through

  • Coulee Recovery Center: 608-784-4177
  • Lighthouse Recovery Community Center: 920-374-4433
  • Waushara SHINES: 920-787-9095

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Find treatment services in your community

Virtual meetings

Find tools and resources for 12-step recovery program participants

Adult Children of Alcoholics
Support for people who grew up with harmful substance use in the home

Al-Anon Electronic Meetings
Find online meetings for those affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend

Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup
Find meetings and recovery resources for people living with alcohol use disorder

Crystal Meth Anonymous
Support for people seeking recovery from methamphetamine addiction

Cocaine Anonymous Online
Support for people seeking recovery from cocaine addiction

Families Anonymous Virtual Meetings
Support for those affected by a loved one’s harmful substance use

Heroin Anonymous
Support for people in recovery from heroin addiction

In The Rooms
Find meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues

Support for queer and trans people in recovery

Marijuana Anonymous
Support for people seeking recovery from marijuana addiction

Narcotics Anonymous
Support for people seeking recovery from opioid addiction

Recovery Dharma
Support for people on their path of recovery from addiction using Buddhist practices and principles

Refuge Recovery Online Meetings
Find recovery support meetings

SMART Recovery
Participate in meetings, peer message boards, and 24/7 live chat

Sober Mommies
Support for mothers in and contemplating recovery from substance use/misuse (Facebook group)

Wisconsin Voices for Recovery
Participate in twice weekly meetings for all people in recovery

All Wisconsin counties have a behavioral health crisis hotline. Find the phone number for your county.

For service members and veterans

R&R House
Speak with a veteran who understands what you are going through

Veterans Crisis Line
Support for veterans struggling to cope with life's challenges
800-273-8255, press 1

For youth and young adults

Support for teens experiencing a mental health challenge
Text TEEN to 839863

Your Life, Your Voice
Connect with a counselor
Text VOICE to 20121

Sometimes, even first responders need help

When helping others is your calling, asking for help can be difficult. We’re helping Wisconsin’s police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, emergency health care providers, and others learn how to recognize and deal with the effects of secondary trauma through a free training and resource guide.

Add some color to your life

All five Resilient Wisconsin coloring pages

Taking time to relax, reflect, and do something fun (like coloring!) can help people of all ages build resiliency. Download one or all of our coloring sheets.

Share a photo of your completed coloring sheet(s) on your social media accounts using #ResilientWisconsin!

Last Revised: June 1, 2022