Resilient Wisconsin

Logo for Resilient Wisconsin: Connected. Stronger. Thriving.Building resilience within ourselves, our relationships, and in our community matters. In fact, when we find healthy ways to cope with toxic stress and trauma, we take a step closer to a healthier future for us all. That’s because they’re both a risk factor for—and a painful consequence of—some of Wisconsin’s most complex public health challenges, from mental health disorders and harmful substance use to child abuse and suicide. They’re all connected. And that’s what makes Resilient Wisconsin’s integrated approach to addressing the root causes of trauma and its related harms so important.

Resilient Wisconsin brings together the latest evidence-based tools and trauma-informed practices. So that people living with or affected by trauma or toxic stress—and the health services professionals and programs that serve them—can find the support and resources they need. 


Coping and practicing resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

You are making important changes to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not easy. Learn how to recognize and manage some of the stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen your ability to bounce back from adversity.


Moving prevention upstream

Imagine if we could prevent public health harms before they occur, like fixing a broken bridge before someone gets hurt. That’s the idea behind upstream prevention. We’re working to address the root causes of public health challenges like harmful substance use, chronic disease, and more—by investing in early interventions that improve the conditions in which Wisconsin’s residents live, work, and grow. 

An illustration of a rushing river above circles labeled tertiary prevention, secondary prevention, and primary prevention

Find out how early prevention, combined with helpful interventions at every stage, can help people cope with and recover from the root causes and results of trauma.


Take a closer look at resilience

Get to know the influential elements of mental, physical, and behavioral health that help public health professionals and others understand and promote resilience in our communities and organizations, in our relationships, and within ourselves.


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Last Revised: September 24, 2020