Resilience approaches to supporting young people’s mental health: Appraising the evidence base for schools and communities – Angie Hart and Becky Heaver

We have written a user-friendly guide called Resilience Approaches to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health which covers various different schools-based and community-based resilience building programmes and approaches.

This guide is designed to help anybody who wants to develop or commission a resilience programme to work across a school or local area to support young people at risk of developing mental health difficulties. We hope you will find it to be a user-friendly, useful and transparent overview of what schools, local authorities, teachers, governors or other school staff, parents and even some young people themselves might want or need to know.

The guide should help you think through what’s out there in the way of resilience approaches for young people and the pros and cons of adopting particular approaches for your specific context. Also we hope the questions and frameworks we have developed to evaluate current resilience programmes might also help you if you are trying to design your own or are planning to commission a programme that we haven’t covered in this guide.

Resilience Approaches Guide 2015

Hart, A., Heaver, B. (2015) Resilience approaches to supporting young people’s mental health: Appraising the evidence base for schools and communities.  Brighton: Boingboing / University of Brighton.

We have undertaken research into 31 approaches or programmes available in 2015, however, it is certainly not definitive. We have tried to include all the programmes currently being used by the Big Lottery Fund HeadStart programme areas. HeadStart aims to improve young people’s mental health with local areas taking various different resilience-based approaches to tackling the issues.

Ordering

The Resilience Approaches Guide 2015 (pdf) can be downloaded for free.

You can also order printed copies of the guide from us, together with items from our new range of co-produced resilience tools, by downloading an order form (.doc) and emailing it to us.