Resilience Grows Here

“Resilience Grows Here (RGH),” is a community-based initiative focused on mental health of veterans and their families.  RGH supports good mental health and the resilience of those with mental illness with particular emphasis on veterans, active duty military, their families and young men. RGH is working on developing several programs including art therapy, assessment of veteran community needs, a community garden and Anzac, the Resilience Grows here service dog.

“Resilience Grows Here” is an initiative based out of the Farmington Valley Health District. The Health District was one of 16 sites from across the country selected to participate in a $1 million initiative through the Prevention Institute and the Movember Foundation to improve the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys. The Health District will focus on veterans, active-duty military, and their families.

For more information about “Resilience Grows Here” please contact Jennifer Kertanis, Director of Health, Farmington Valley Health District at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 860-352-2333.

About the Farmington Valley Health District:

The Farmington Valley Health District is the local health department that serves ten towns and a population of 110,000 in the Farmington Valley. The health department is responsible for preventing disease outbreaks and conditions that give rise to poor health, promoting health programs and policies that support good health, and protecting members of our community from health threats.

About Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute is a non-profit, national center dedicated to improving community health and wellbeing by building momentum for effective primary prevention. Primary prevention means taking action to build resilience and prevent problems before they occur. The Institute's work is characterized by a strong commitment to community participation and promotion of equitable health outcomes among all social and economic groups.

About the Movember Foundation

Making Connections is funded by the Movember Foundation, a global charity raising funds and awareness for men's health. These funds deliver breakthrough research and support services to allow men to live longer, healthier, happier lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men's health movement, raising more than $650 million and funding over 1,000 programs through impact investments, focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity

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