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Resilience

“Where does resilience come from?….It comes from knowing that you never have to be alone….If you feel connected, you will always be able to deal with adversity.  The skills we need to deal with adversity begin with a feeling of I can handle this.  It is a feeling of No matter what happens, I can find a solution; a feeling of I have dealt with hard times and come out fine before; a feeling of Even when I feel lost, I always have somewhere to turn.” – Dr. Edward Hallowell

 

Resilience and coping skills are important for everyone. No matter who we are and what our life is like, every single one of us will experience some amount of hardship, trauma, suffering and loss. Learning coping skills will help increase our resilience and ability to manage the difficult times of life. Ultimately, we may grow to the point where we can retreat to that peaceful, loving  place within ourselves despite what is going on without.  It is so important to teach children these skills so they are just second nature to them as they go through their lives.

Below are links to some very helpful suggestions and information regarding resilience and well being.

 

http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/01/01/40-lessons-for-finding-strength-in-hard-times – 40 Lessons for Finding Strength in Hard Times

 

http://www.jeremiahshopeforkindness.org/resources/hotlines-and-websites-for-mental-health -Hotlines and websites for suicide prevention and depression

 

Building Resilience

http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/resiliency.htm

http://resilnet.uiuc.edu/library/grotb95b.html#appendix1 – Guide to promoting resiliency

http://www.cyc-net.org/cyc-online/cycol-0205-resilience.html -Using academic strategies to build resilience

http://resilnet.uiuc.edu/library/grotb95b.html -A Guide to Promoting Resilience in Children: Strengthening the Human Spirit

-Appendix of previous link with strategies for teachers/parents: http://resilnet.uiuc.edu/library/grotb95b.html#appendix1 –Promoting resilience in children: teaching and discussion strategies (several concrete suggestions)

http://www.ecoliteracy.org/downloads/building-resilience-home -lesson plan on resiliency

http://knowledgex.camh.net/amhspecialists/promotion/Pages/building_resilience.aspx -Building resilience

http://crahd.phi.org/papers/Fostering.pdf  – Fostering Resilience in Children – Bonnie Benard

http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/prpsum.htm -resilience research in children

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept96/vol54/num01/Building-Resiliency-in-Students.aspx -Building resiliency in students

http://www.edgeworkconsulting.com/tools/16%20Games%20That%20Promote%20Conversations%20About%20Resilience%282005%29.pdf  -Activities to promote conversations about resilience

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resilience.aspx#  -10 tips for building resilience in children and teens

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof/201111/7-strategies-building-your-familys-resilience – “7 strategies for building your family’s resilience” (could also be used in the classroom)

http://www.risk-within-reason.com/2011/10/24/coping-strategies – Teaching kids good coping strategies to build resilience. (part 1)

http://www.risk-within-reason.com/2011/10/26/resilience-connection – Building resilience (part 2): How to give your kids a sense of connection

http://www2.aap.org/stress/teen1-a.cfm -Create a personal stress management guide

http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_works_in_building_resilience__-_summary_1_.pdf – What works in building resilience?

http://www.connectwithkids.com/ADAPP/pdf/BuildingResilienceResourceGuide.pdf  -Resource guide –building resilience discussion questions (includes an activity and worksheets)

http://www.education.com/reference/article/building-resilience-children-challenges -Building resilience in children with challenges

http://www.devereux.org/site/PageServer?pagename=dcrc_sses –Socially strong emotionally secure: 50 activities to promote resilience in young children

http://health.tki.org.nz/Key-collections/Curriculum-in-action/Making-Meaning/Health-education2/Building-resilience-in-schools -Building resilience in schools- Level 8  (This is a lesson plan from a New Zealand government website to use to increase understanding of resilience)

http://www.headroom.net.au/Content.aspx?p=123 –Building resilience in the classroom

http://www.tnschoolsprepare.com/building-resilience -Building resilience: Suggestions for healing activities for children in the aftermath of trauma, grief and loss.

http://danielgoleman.info/2011/resilience-for-the-rest-of-us/ – Resilience for the rest of us

http://www.mindmatters.edu.au/verve/_resources/EnhanceResilience_1.pdf  -Enhancing Resilience

http://psychology.about.com/od/crisiscounseling/tp/become-more-resilient.htm – Ten Ways to Become More Resilient

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=775b94b440ad73397931a9ad7&id=879637a2fb&e=fcb29b10f0  -The secret to raising a resilient child –Dr. Laura Markham

http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/3691/1/3691_Oliver_et_al_2006.pdf – Building resilience in young people through meaningful participation by Oliver, Collin, Burns & Nicholas

http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/_library/Resources/BCC/Befriending_Works.pdf -Befriending Works: building resiliency in local communities

http://www.thehappinessinstitute.com/freeproducts/docs/Building%20Resilience%20-%20Using%20Positive%20Psychology%20to%20get%20through%20tough%20times.pdf  -Building Resilience Using Positive Psychology to Get Through Tough Times

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:9UZQ_7xvoH8J:www.jhsph.edu/mci/Library/Resilience_and_SEL/References_Building_Resilience.doc+national+resilience+resource+center&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESggKuSiH3Zgvw07aVV-Hx8fM8HV5TunsO1LfA4h5CdFBqPQMfzlUFSCtE28k2GfnFNrctU7qbMlNoL0qFptmdrxIl6licdJvHfOtoIhTuoYB_w0gF8rFHG9Ec4_pIT8qgf2fwzo&sig=AHIEtbR9FF6U3daopM60wzSu50ia-9dYaw – References for building resilience

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

http://www.tricycle.com/

http://www.mindfulnessinstitute.ca/ – The Mindfulness Institute

http://tlcinstitute.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/mindful-self-compassion-for-kids/ – Mindful Self-Compassion for Kids

http://mindfulfamilies.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=35 –Mindful Kids

http://www.themindfulparent.org/The_Mindful_Parent/Welcome.html – the Mindful Parent – Experience the Joy of Connecting with Our Children

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5480/5-Tips-to-Teach-Children-Mindfulness-Meditation.html  – 5 Tips to Teach Children Mindfulness and Meditation

http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1489 –Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom – Three Means to Peace

http://janderson99.hubpages.com/hub/Self-Compassion-Mindful-Self-Respect-and-Compassion-for-Self  -Self Compassion –Mindful Self Respect and Compassion for Self

http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/ – Mindfulness and Kindness: Inner Sources of Freedom and Happiness

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-neff/self-compassion_b_843721.html – Why we should stop chasing self-esteem and start developing self-compassion

http://www.mindwithheart.org.uk – 16 guidelines for life

 

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