Suicide Prevention and Positive Mental Well-being

Be Well

Be Well is a community based well-being initiative (adapted from LiveWell Fergus Falls and rooted in the concepts of Positive Psychology). Be Well supports health through happiness and meaning through proven resiliency tools and aims for a community that flourishes by practicing positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and accomplishments. When we incorporate evidenced-based mental health resiliency tools (such as Kindness, Gratitude – 3 Good Things and Letters, and Social Connections) into our daily life, we will create reserves of well-being that can be drawn upon when time are tough.

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Hope Coalition 

Creating positive mental well-being and reducing death by suicide needs to be a community focus. 

The H.O.P.E (Help, Outreach, Prevention and Education) Coalition was formed in Crookston, expanded into Polk County in 2019 after the community and region lost several people to death by suicide. We have most recently expanded into the eight NW MN counties (including Polk, Norman and Mahnomen counties) 

The coalition is comprised of individuals, businesses and agencies committed to ending death by suicide in NW MN through HOPE. 

Our Goals:

  • Zero Death By Suicide
  • Increase Outreach & Educational Activities
  • Increase Awareness of how each individual in NW MN can access services

In the darkest times, there is ALWAYS HOPE!

For more information on trainings, events, resources and how to get involved visit

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Yellow Zones

A Yellow Zones is an initiative created by Stearns County Public Health to help schools, businesses, and the community establish an environment that supports the positive well-being of healthy productive and flourishing individuals.

A Yellow Zones is a place that cultivates mental well-being through 5 basic pillars. 

Helping, Socializing, Learning, Playing, Spirituality 

All 5 of these pillars are components that nurture the psychological, emotional and social aspects of mental health. 

Yellow Zones Toolkits

Birth to 5 Yellow Zones Toolkit

Pre-K to 5th Grade Yellow Zones Toolkit

6th through 12th Grade Yellow Zones Toolkit

Family Yellow Zones Toolkit

Workplace Yellow Zones Toolkit

55 and Up Yellow Zones Toolkit