Resilience Mind-Map: Partnership Program


What is it?

  • Resilience is the art of being able to ‘bungy jump’ through the pitfalls of life. It is the ability of rebounding or springing back after adversity or hard times.
  • Like you have an elasticised rope around your middle that helps you to bounce back after experiencing difficulties (e.g. bullying, death of a loved one; break up of a relationship; family troubles; anxiety, depression, a friend in trouble; rejection from peers)
  • It is the ability to adapt to changed circumstances or situations that can often be unpredictable and scary!

Building Resilience: How?

  • Sense of belonging, connectedness and empathy.
  • Factors that promote or build resilience in young people are –
    •           Family connectedness: (feeling loved and respected; stable family)
    •           Peer connectedness:   (sharing and supporting)
    •           Fitting in at school:   (being accepted and feeling part of the group)
    •           Empathy: (caring about others; being able to be in someone else’s shoes without judgement)
    •            Do I behave towards others as I want them to behave towards me?
    •            Do I say or do things in ways that will motivate others to be willing
    •               to listen and respond to me?
    •               Make a list of the words you hope people would use to describe
    •               you and then the words you think they would actually use.
    •           Accept Yourself and Others: act in accord with your values and goals
    •           Problem-solving skills (being able to see options or solutions).

Building Resilience: Why?                                                                  

  • Strong antidote or remedy for self-harm, depression, drug and alcohol abuse;
  • Helps to strengthen self-esteem and promote well-being;
  • Improves mental health of young people and prevents suicide;
  • Promotes empowerment, self-respect and leadership among young people.
  • Increases ability to cope in the face of bullying or difficult situation.

Resilience: What do we already know?

  • Worldwide statistics that show an alarming downturn in well-being and stress hardiness or ability to cope with life challenges (e.g. mental health problems).
  • Need to create a “resilient mindset” in western societies that can build a strong foundation for emotional strength and working through routine life challenges.  Feeling better about ourselves and each other and dealing with change and hard times.
  • Strengthens a sense of connectedness between communities (rural, isolated groups); peers and families.
  • Promotes empowerment of young people; a sense of belonging and self-worth.
  • Research in resilience shows that effective programs for young people at risk (self-harm, mental health problems, suicide, drug and alcohol, violence) are –
    • Child centred (focussed on young people making their own decisions);
    • Build trust and are based on establishing relationships with adults who are caring and respectful of young people.

Implementing a program across a community for change:

  • Increased focus on activities and programs specifically for young people across a Shire or council.
  • A structure that enables young people to be more empowered about the programs for them – they make the decisions, and their views sought.
  • More understanding and respect for young people’s ideas and interests.
  • A dedicated Youth worker position in the community.
  • A greater sense of connectedness and belonging among young people.
  • More involvement by young people in the activities across their shire and willingness to assume positions of responsibility.
  • Young people saying that they feel understood and heard.
  • Public recognition of the role of young people in the community – awards etc.
  • Improved mental health and a reduction in problems such as suicide, depression, self-harm, drugs and alcohol.
    • Increased involvement of young people in the decision making in the Shire (e.g. Youth Council).
    • More involvement by adults and young people in their community.


Jeannette Fraser  MAPS

Educational and Developmental Psychologist


Creating Praxis Consulting Pty. Ltd.