Resilience is a term that has been used far more over the last few years. But what does it mean when we are talking about mental health?

Mind (2013) suggest that “there may be times or situations in our lives that are more difficult than others. The capacity to stay mentally well during those times is what we call ‘resilience’. Resilience is not simply a person’s ability to ‘bounce back’, but their capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing.”  

The Bank Worker’s Charity state that “a good way to think of resilience is; your ability to cope with, or recover from, stressful and even traumatic experiences”

Whilst the World Health Organisation (2017) state that “resilient young people possess the problem solving skills, social competence and sense of purpose that enable them to cope with stressful situations”

It is also clear from reading a variety of sources that resilience is not something that we are born with. It is something that is shaped, developed and can change dependent on our experiences in life. As such, it is essential that we take into account that resilience will vary from person to person due to their individual circumstances.

Resilience is also not about just carrying on and hoping that everything will be okay. It is about developing a personal “toolkit” of strategies that can help to withstand the difficulties that life throws at us. It is imperative that we all take a look at our own ways of coping with stressful situations and try to think of ways to support others building their resilience as well.

Click here to view a video clip where a wounded veteran talks to young people about what resilience means.

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