Activism for Resilience

We are a community of people who share an ambition to improve the mental health of young people in the United Kingdom (UK) and across the world. We have read lots of reports saying youth mental health in the UK is getting worse, and that support available doesn’t always work. We think now is the time for research and practice approaches that to identify a radically different way of doing things.

Activism for Resilience Zine page created by young member of the Resilience Revolution
Activism for Resilience - Nothing about us without us project

Informed by our understanding of resilience, defined as ‘beating the odds whilst also changing the odds’, we believe that activism has the potential to offer this radically different way in order to prevent, address and reduce mental health problems through building resilience. We call this ‘Activism for Resilience’ (A4R).

The Resilience Revolution being piloted in Blackpool is one way that we are already experimenting with this approach, and it is showing potential. We have recently launched a new Activist in Residence project as part of further testing out this idea in practice and have undertaken a piece of research funded by the MRC/AHRC/ESRC Research Councils which was titled “Nothing about us without us: civic activism as a mental health intervention”.

Explore some of our activism-based projects and blogs:

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Does our Boingboing community sound like something you’d like to get involved with? Here’s some other ways to join in:

See also

The Very Personification of Resilience, Mr Daniels

The Very Personification of Resilience, Mr Daniels

Let’s cut to the chase! Absolute respect to the bravery and resilience of our very own Blackpool FC’s Jake Daniels. The 17-year-old has become the first openly gay male professional footballer in the UK, receiving widespread support in his decision to be open about...

Blackpool Climate Co-research report

Blackpool Climate Co-research report

This report has been co-produced by the Blackpool Youth Climate Group and research partners from Boingboing and the CRSJ to share their findings about what young people and adults in Blackpool think and feel about climate change.

Resilience Revolution – Activist in Residence project

Resilience Revolution – Activist in Residence project

Boingboing and the Resilience Revolution are launching an exciting new project for young people that is about creating more ways for young people to take part in activity to change the odds – by becoming an Activist in Residence. Find out more here.

Resilience Revolution – Blackpool HeadStart

Resilience Revolution – Blackpool HeadStart

The Resilience Revolution is delivering an extensive programme of lasting change with disadvantaged young people in the town of Blackpool, through a successful £10.4 million Big Lottery HeadStart funding bid. Their work is based on research into resilience by Boingboing and the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice.

Including people with learning disabilities in research – A co-produced short film

Including people with learning disabilities in research – A co-produced short film

A short, animated film co-produced with people with learning disabilities that explains why it is important to include people with learning disabilities and autism in research. This film has been made by Boingboing together with ambassadors, co-researchers, staff, students and volunteers from Arts Connect, The Resilience Revolution and the University of Brighton.

Blackpool Youth Climate Assembly Document

Blackpool Youth Climate Assembly Document

This document has been co-produced by the Blackpool Youth Climate Group and research partners from Boingboing and the CRSJ to explain how the group has been created and what they hope to achieve as Blackpool’s dedicated Youth Climate Group.

How to lobby your MP

How to lobby your MP

Here in the Boingboing / CRSJ / Resilience Revolution community we encourage each other and our pals to write to our MP’s when we think important changes need to happen in our communities. To help you to give it a go, we’ve put together this guide on how to lobby your MP.

Climate change and mental health: Project summary

Climate change and mental health: Project summary

Co-produced with young people who are part of the Blackpool Resilience Revolution, this research examines how climate change affects the mental wellbeing of young people as well as co-developing resources that aim to increase resilience during climate change.

Nothing About Us Without Us Survey

Nothing About Us Without Us Survey

We are doing a survey to explore how young people between the ages of 11-18 feel about themselves, their environments and their resilience. You can find out more about the survey and download the information sheets here.

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