The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience at UCCS (the Institute) is working tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals and families who have experienced trauma. By conducting cutting-edge research focused on human resilience, our scientific discoveries are paving the way for tomorrow’s mental health therapies for trauma survivors.

The GRIT Program utilizes continual research and evaluation to assess the program’s effectiveness and provide insight into how the Institute can build upon the training for GRIT Coaches. In the Fall of 2020, the Institute conducted a community-wide survey which concluded that those who participated in the GRIT Program reported significantly less depression and stress and a greater sense of overall resilience and better well-being. Continual post-training surveys conducted with GRIT Coaches also note that most of those who participated in the training would highly recommend the GRIT Program to others. Additionally, they found that GRIT Coaches typically use GRIT more than six times per week for those in their social networks.

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Please consider clicking the link below to sign up for the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience trauma registry. By signing up, you can participate in research projects focused on a variety of topics including disasters, mental health, interpersonal violence, and resilience. Signing up for the registry is one way you can make a difference in the lives of people who experienced trauma!

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LIFE HAPPENS. BE READY. The Greater Resilience Information Toolkit (GRIT) is a free online self-guided resilience training that can be utilized within your own social networks after your community has experienced a trauma.

“I had one conversation with an 11-year-old girl. I am a physician. She has been my patient for many years. She and her mother came to [the] clinic for an asthma follow-up appointment and with COVID questions. I asked her about ‘worry’ or anxiety in her life and she said ‘yes.’ We had a conversation. I gave the mother GRIT info and we discussed other resources. Also at my office we have offered our employees (about 30 people) time on the clock to do 5-6 hours of GRIT training and shared the website info with them.”

“I feel like I was able to connect with a peer and a staff member. While the meeting remained professional, I feel like I connected with them in a more personal or meaningful way. It wasn’t all about ‘work,’ it was about how they are doing.”

“I was able to reach out to my community partners during a meeting last week. Our last couple of meetings had been canceled due to COVID and I was able to arrange a zoom meeting. I organized a check in with everyone and they all spoke about what their agencies were doing related to COVID to help their clients, consumers, patients, etc. I spoke about the importance of taking care of ourselves, that we cannot continue to help others if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. I was able to share the information about GRIT training with them.”