Topic:  Taking a public health approach to resilience in young people – Ann Hagell & John Coleman, Association for Young People’s Health

Resources: You can download Anne’s slides and John’s slides and you can read our Blog.

Summary:  Ann Hagell and John Coleman have been working with Public Health England and other partners to develop resources to help people working in front line public health to promote young people’s resilience. This means working in the school and community settings. This presentation will be in two parts.

In the first part, Ann will introduce the constructs and share a new on-line resource from PHE to promote resilience.  It highlights the ways that services have successfully worked together, provides links to useful interventions and other resources, and draws on the perspectives of young people about what works well for them. We will look at the pressures young people face, the key elements and settings for promoting resilience, and how we make it happen in practice.

In the second part John will explore two examples of resilience promotion in more detail, drawing on a school-based interventions called FRIENDS FOR LIFE, and a programme called Healthy Minds. He will discuss the importance of developing relationship skills, becoming media literate and understanding mental health in building resilience in this age group.

Biography: Dr Ann Hagell is Research Lead at the Association for Young People’s Health, and Consulting Editor for the Journal of Adolescence. Ann is a chartered psychologist with a specific interest in adolescence. She has published widely on adolescent wellbeing and has worked with a range of funders, think tanks and universities in the field of adolescent development.

Dr John Coleman trained as a clinical psychologist and is the Chair of the Association for Young People’s Health. He works as an independent consultant and has written widely about adolescence. He is best known for his textbook, ‘The Nature of Adolescence’, and his current research interests include young people and new technologies, the parenting of adolescents, and emotional health and wellbeing.

Who might be most interested: Practitioners – particularly public health and youth workers, academics, researchers, parents, carers, public sector & community workers, volunteers, young people.

This session took place on Thursday 3 November 2016.

The Resilience Forum is for ANYBODY (with a pulse!) involved with or interested in resilience research!

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