Bouncing Back in Monticello

If you’ve ever received a handwritten thank you note or been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness, you know the power of positivity. Positive interactions can affect our mental health, happiness and overall well being. So when a group of Monticello Clinic and Buffalo Clinic providers experienced an emotional and challenging time following the tragic deaths of two colleagues, they came together in the spirit of positive thinking. This led to the creation of the Bounce Back Project, a community-wide effort that is instilling a new resilience among people living in Monticello and surrounding communities.

The purpose of Bounce Back is simple – to promote health through happiness. Today, the project is a partnership of CentraCare Health – Monticello, Allina Health – Buffalo Hospital, Monticello Clinic, Buffalo Clinic and Allina Health Buffalo Clinic. Together these organizations are introducing tools that can help people increase their resiliency and well-being.

The CentraCare Health Foundation supports the efforts in Monticello with grant funding that has allowed for a dedicated Bounce Back Project point person to spearhead the effort. Melissa Pribyl, MSN, community health and wellness specialist, leads a 6-person multi-disciplinary team comprised of providers, clinical and non-clinical staff at CentraCare Health – Monticello. She helps introduce tools that strengthen mental health stamina and overall well-being through community presentations, showcase events, and healthcare related fairs.

The Bounce Back Project has exceeded expectations. The response from people in Monticello and Buffalo, and more recently surrounding cities and counties, has been overwhelmingly positive. More than 6,000 people have participated in the project, which helps people deal with situations when life does not go as planned. By working together, this program is showing that resiliency is real, and it can lead to improved physical and mental health and provide a strong and healthy response to change.

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