Why do some children easily bounce back from setbacks whilst others find it hard to keep going? What is it that enables some young people to learn from their failures?
Find out what it means to be resilient and how to develop this skill in ourselves and our children. In our Huddl Parent Talk the latest research will be shared on ‘grit’ and determination and will explore the different beliefs we hold about failure and why these matter when it comes to helping to build resilience in children.
Tina Rae will argue that boosting resilience in children can inoculate against depression and other mental illnesses – it can also build self-confidence and achievement. This presentation will introduce participants to the application of resilience theory and to the `learnable’ skills of resilience. It will explore a range of interventions designed to increase resilience in young people and provide parents and school based staff with the opportunity to develop their skills.
WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT?
- 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class
- Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm
- There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self-harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%
- More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time
- Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression
- Over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression
- 72% of children in care have behavioral or emotional problems – these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society 95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder.
- Many of them are struggling with more than one disorder
- The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s
- The proportion of young people aged 15-16 with a conduct disorder more than doubled between 1974 and 1999
Resilient children can ‘resist adversity, cope with uncertainty and recover more successfully from traumatic events or episodes’. In her Huddl Parent Talk Tina will explore the evidence for resilience based approaches and suggest ways in which all parents can promote resilience in children, families and those who work with them.
Psychologists have long recognised that some children develop well despite growing up in high risk environments. This capacity to cope with adversity, and even be strengthened by it, is at the heart of resilience. It is not something that people either have or don’t have – resilience is learnable and teachable and as we learn we increase the range of strategies available to us when things get difficult.
In her Huddl Parent Talk on Anxiety, Grit & Resilience Tina will:-
– define Resilience and explore some of the practical ways parents can promote this in their children and foster overall well being via a range of tools and strategies from Positive Psychology.
– highlight the need to foster a growth Mindest (Carol Dweck), self-discipline, will power and essential GRIT and to move away from a ‘cotton woolling’ mentality which undermines our children’s resilience.
– argue that there remains a need to be vigilant in recognising and combatting elements in the social context which undermine children’s and adult’s resilience – including the impact of social media, the have it all mentality which rejects a work ethic alongside that constant emphasis on so called perfection.
– emphasise the need to factor into our thinking the nature of personality and the fact that one size does not fit all – some of us will need more support and input to develop and maintain resilience and ‘keep our heads right’.
– illustrate the need to promote a culture of hard work, values, will power, meaning and engagement within positive and nurturing relationships– all of which contribute to the ‘flourishing child’ – and adult!