Understanding resilience and the whole school approach – Schools mental health guide

Understanding resilience and the whole school approach – Schools mental health guide

Supporting children and young people in their mental health: A guide for East Sussex schools: a resilience-based, whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and addressing individual needs

Understanding resilience and the whole school approach

Resilience is most frequently described as ‘positive development despite adversity’ (Luthar, 2003) or ‘the ability to withstand and rebound from disruptive life challenges, strengthened and more resourceful’ (Walsh, 2008). Resilience researchers across the world seek to understand what processes take place for those young people and families who positively adapt to hardship, so that this learning can be applied to supporting others to do the same.

A short background of the development of the concept of resilience can be found in Appendix 1 (see main document or references and appendices), but suffice to say here that it is now seen as much more than personal qualities or “character”, and much more about the dynamic interaction between the individual and support available in their environment. This led to the development of socio-ecological approaches and models to understand resilience in context.

Resilience is not a personality trait. Innate characteristics play a part, but resilience is something that can be promoted and developed, through the provision of support and opportunities for growth.

Full guidance on understanding resilience and the whole school approach [Adobe PDF, 203KB]

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Our Academic Publications

Our Academic Publications

This page presents an archive of selected published works from the Boingboing, Resilience Revolution and CRSJ community. This includes key academic papers, submissions of evidence and a few books relevant to the Boingboing approach to resilience.

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Bounce Forward – Teacher Pack 2019

Bounce Forward – Teacher Pack 2019

In this 10-week programme, co-developed by Lancashire Mind, Blackpool HeadStart and Boingboing, pupils, their friends, family and wider school community can use the Resilience Framework to learn about resilience and try out practical actions to promote resilience building.

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Mind your (pathologising) language! blog

Mind your (pathologising) language! blog

Negative, pathologising language is often used to describe behaviour, thoughts, and feelings that lie outside the norm, with little attention given to the consequences and how it can help to create mental health stigma.

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Schools mental health guide

Schools mental health guide

Supporting children and young people in their mental health: A guide for East Sussex schools. A resilience-based, whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and addressing individual needs.

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Co-produced resilience tools

Co-produced resilience tools

If you came to our Designing Resilience event in November 2015 you will remember the amazing range of resilience tools being developed by young people with complex needs together with local communities, digital artists and designers, academics, parents, practitioners and policy makers.

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Helping Children with Complex Needs Bounce Back

Helping Children with Complex Needs Bounce Back

Resilient Therapy is an innovative way of strengthening children with complex needs, that anyone can use. This tried-and-tested handbook is accessible and fun, includes exercises and worksheets, and breaks down research to apply to everyday situations.

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One Step Forward – Young people in care

One Step Forward – Young people in care

A visual guide to resilience written & illustrated by young people in foster care and care leavers, Boingboing, the Virtual School for Children in Care and the University of Brighton. Navigate your route towards resilience! Take your time to explore the activities, enjoy the images and take inspiration.

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Our schools-based resilience projects

Our schools-based resilience projects

Our schools-based resilience research adapts the Resilience Framework for use in schools and helps schools make resilient moves across the whole school community. Many different types of school are working with us on this.

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