Dinner Table Resilience

Join Sarah Johnson, Mental Health Director at the La Crosse Family YMCA, for our video series and skills sheets (handouts!) on building resilience.
Tips, topics, skills, and strategies that we can use at our own tables to build resilience in ourselves and others.


What is resilience?

Resilience is our ability to get through challenging circumstances, and not just get through them, but come out stronger and wiser on the other side. Resilience is like a muscle, the more we train it, the stronger it gets. It grows through healthy and supportive relationships, taking care of ourselves and others, and asking for help when we need it.

Click on the heading for each section to find 3-5 minute videos and skills sheets on ways to build resilience.

Intro: What is mental health and resilience: Start here to learn about what mental health is and the Dinner Table Resilience series. 

Green Light Skills: Green Light Skills are skills to use every day to promote a strong, stable foundation of mental health.

Red Light Skills: Red Light Skills help you ASK FOR HELP when you need it, which is when you are doing something or have a circumstance that exceeds your knowledge or your emotional bandwidth, or if you are in crisis.

Yellow Light Skills: Yellow Light Skills are skills to use when you have extra stress, potentially from hunger, sickness, fatigue; anger, anxiety, loneliness, depression; and/or the temptation to cut, use, or do something harmful to yourself.

Review and Wrap Up

You can find more mental health resources at the La Crosse Area Family YMCA website.