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Franciscan Health and Purdue University partner to help families bond amid pandemic

Purdue is offering tips and activities for families to follow to help build resilience in these uncertain times.

Posted: Oct 11, 2020 11:53 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Franciscan Health and Purdue University are partnering to help families bond. This pandemic has brought an awareness to health leaders about how tough it can be to constantly be stuck at home with relatives.

Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences has introduced a nine-week program called "Families Tackling Tough Times Together." Franciscan Health is partnering to make sure the program reaches families county-wide.

"Each week on our social media pages, primarily on Twitter, we'll be releasing some of this content to really try to connect best with some of the families that we serve in Tippecanoe County," said Katie Schmitz, Franciscan Health's community health improvement coordinator.

The content includes different tips and activities families can follow to help build resilience during these uncertain times. Each week focuses on a different topic. The week of Sunday, Oct. 11 to Saturday, Oct 17 is all about families being creative and focusing on collaborative problem-solving. 

"We will have four different tips on how you can work on problem-solving within your families," said Schmitz.

She said the hospital has seen how local families are benefiting from virtual programs like this. In the summer, they held a similar five-week program focusing on families dealing with childhood trauma and going back to school.

"I was receiving a ton of messages from different families across the state of Indiana sharing how much they've appreciated some of these tips and these mindfulness strategies and so we know that this is a need within our community," said Schmitz.

Some of the tips and tasks through the program are as simple as taking a family walk or going outside to observe the neighborhood, activities that can help you appreciate your surroundings.

"Our focus is really on building family resilience so coming together as a family and working on some of those coping skills can ultimately impact the way that we change our mindset about some struggling times," said Schmitz.

Sunday, Oct. 11 kicks off week two of the nine-week program. You can keep up with the Families Tackling Tough Times weekly tips and activities here and follow Franciscan Health on Twitter here.

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