We tend to idealise childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children and young people face. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.

The good news is that resilience skills can be learned.

Building resilience - the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress - can help our young people to manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that young people will not experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else's loss or trauma. We can all develop resilience, and we can help our children develop it as well. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned over time.

What are the benefits of resilience teaching in educational settings?

For Pupils:

  • provide them with authentic evidence of academic success (competence)
  • show them that they are valued members of a community (belonging)
  • reinforce feelings that they have made a real contribution to their community (usefulness)
  • make them feel empowered (potency).

What does Resilience at STARS look like?

Our resilience lessons are every Tuesday morning at the beginning of the day 9.15-9.45. Learning materials come from a wide range of sources including ‘Boingboing’; a programme created with the collaboration of young people with mental health needs, educators and healthcare to encourage and co-develop resilience research and practice and ‘FRIENDS Youth Skills for Life’.

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