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In 2014 the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County (MWCAC) was interested in learning how to promote resilience and recovery for people in our community who have experienced traumatic events.  The MWCAC wanted to know; “what can we all do to support people who have experienced trauma and promote resilience?”

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Wilder Survey

In 2010 Wilder surveyed Anoka County residents about their attitudes and beliefs about mental health.

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The Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County (MWCAC) is a non-profit organization designed and created to erase the stigma of mental illness. Our mission is to promote increased public awareness, understanding and acceptance of mental health care. Our purpose is to reach out to the entire community with the message, “Mental Health is as important as Physical Health."

A Presentation Highlighting the Past 10 years of the MWCAC



Free monthly webinar, discussion focuses on mental wellness
The Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County is partnering with Anoka County to offer a monthly webinar produced by the Minnesota Department of Health. It's free, open to the public and held the final Tuesday of each month.

The next webinar, "Red River Resilience: Expanding Community-Wide Understanding about Resilience," will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to noon, room 238, Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Ave., Anoka.

"We're pleased to help bring this learning opportunity to people in Anoka County," said Chris Harnack, chair of the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County. "We expect the webinar will expand understanding of what creates mental health and well-being."

The September webinar will focus on Red River Resilience. In the wake of a record-setting flood that threatened the Fargo-Moorhead area in 2009, government and non-government disaster response agencies joined forces to enhance community capacity for resilience to future flood threats. Red River Resilience was born and developed a simple, clear, and consistent message based on resilience theory.

The webinar is an interactive monthly statewide meeting and local discussion. Anoka County will have a host and facilitator. The agenda is:
• Welcoming and important announcements (10 minutes)
• Presentation (30-45 minutes)
• Questions (15 minutes)
• Local Dialogue (30-45 minutes)
• Local Sharing (10-15 minutes)

Webinars profile innovative strategies to promote mental well-being, emphasizing community-based and community-driven initiatives. Gatherings include discussions, sharing relevant research or resources, networking, and planning next steps.

Register with the Minnesota Department of Health for the Sept. 26 webinar online at

"In the end, we're all hiding beneath a mask of one kind or another. With our disguise and our protection, too, we may think we're all alone, but we're everywhere. We're online, in the class, down the hall, at the mall, or even just down the street." -excerpt from Faces: Unmasking Mental Illness, a 35-minute film that was made in partnership of Spring Lake Park High School, Riverwind Crisis Services and MWCAC. Watch the entire film:


Click here for the discussion guide that goes along with the film.

The MWCAC has succeeded in raising awareness of the importance of mental wellness in the county. READ MORE >

Help shape the future for our community by joining the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County. READ MORE >