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The Centre's 10 key messages on resilience

The Centre’s research on resilience, confidence, optimism etc, as well as its contact with the Bounce Back programme, has led us to draw up the following 10 key messages on young people’s resilience. They are designed to help teachers and parents alike see what they can do, on a daily basis, to help develop resilience.

10 key messages on young people’s resilience

1. Remember bad feelings:

· don’t last

· have a purpose

· galvanise us to do things differently.

2. Try to normalise young people’s set-backs. Help them to see they are not abnormal in having difficulties in life.

3. Help them to see that problems can be solved.

4. Encourage young people to keep things in perspective – the problem is usually confined to only one part of their lives.

5. Remember the value of humour – laughing can be a great release (but only if it is well-intentioned).

6. Encourage young people to accept responsibility for their actions.

7. When reading stories, or discussing events, point out how people manage to overcome difficulties.

8. Remember that learning is often frustrating. Encourage young people to persist and believe they can get there.

9. Provide support. Help them to see there are people who care about them and can give them help and advice when needed.

10. Create a positive environment that emphasises the importance of relationships and a sense of purpose: there is more to life than the way they feel.

 These 10 key messages can be accessed in a printable format by clicking PDF file.


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