Please enter an image description. Mental health starts where we learn

A key protective factor for children is having safe, strong, supportive and respectful relationships within their family and school – these prime them for resilience.

  • Resilience enables youngsters to “bounce back” and navigate life’s ups and downs.
  • Coping skills in young people are vital for good decision-making, emotional regulation, expressing gratitude, creating positive relationships and seeking help.
  • Many young people feel anxious and unable to cope with stress at school and in life generally, so it’s imperative for parents, other significant adults in their lives, teachers and other community members to teach and encourage young people to build their social and emotional skills.
  • Young people learn how to look after their mental health and wellbeing by understanding that experiencing ups and downs in life is normal and by learning how to embrace the good times, manage the challenges and bad times that life inevitably throws at us.
  • How to foster resilience in young people:
  • Let your kids make mistakes it helps them to learn that no one is perfect and how to overcome everyday challenges and how to bounce back teaching them the skills they need for future challenges.
  • Let your child sort out conflicts with their friends and peers, it helps them learn skills to form healthy social relationships.
  • Focus on the ongoing process of skill development rather than being fixated on measuring specific outcomes.
  • Tell your kids you enjoy watching their sports games or other activities, and being part of the experience with them, rather than focusing on just “the win” or their performance.