Emotional resilience is mostly a learned behaviour and research has found that people can learn to become more resilient. People should not be defined as high resilient or low resilient – it would be more accurate to describe a person as currently high resilient or currently low resilient. Everyone’s emotional resilience is affected by competing factors – protective and risk – and as these factors change people’s level of resilience changes.
So how can we become more resilient?
· Build and maintain your protective factors whilst responding in a healthy and sustainable manner to the risk factors in your life.
· Understand your level of pessimism and how you rationalise the negative events in your life.
· Learn the life skills of highly resilient people.
We deliver age appropriate resilience skills programmes – fun and highly interactive – to primary school children, post primary pupils, university students, parents and other adults including police officers and vets.
Training to increase emotional resilience as a defence against depression
Training to reduce the risks linked to emotional distress and depression.
We deliver suicide prevention training to schoolteachers, parents, university students and staff, police officers and staff, and to members of the public. Evidence indicates strongly that most people who are at risk of suicide are suffering from a mental health condition such as clinical depression – a condition which is treatable in most people. However, evidence is also clear that most people who are at heightened risk find it very difficult to access the help they need.
Our training demonstrates how to identify that someone may be at risk, how to communicate safely with them and how to link them to the appropriate resources.