About Draw Your Own Solution

Draw Your Own Solution

Resilience is the ability to cope through difficult circumstances, to bounce back from the problems faced in life. The National Lottery Fund defines resilience as ‘the opportunity for and capacity of young people – in the context of adversity – to negotiate and navigate their own way to resources that sustain their mental health’.

The Draw Your Own Solution campaign aims to increase awareness of resilience and understanding of how to help young people become more resilient. The campaign will work with young people, parents, carers, schools and communities to guide young people on their journey to resilience.

The campaign focuses on four resilience areas; emotions & behaviours, health, talents & interests and friendships.

A listening ear

As a parent or carer of a young person, you are extremely influential to their resilience journey. Whilst you cannot control many problems a young person may face in their lives, you can be there to support them to become more resilient in the long run.

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or carer, is to be there for your child, as a listening ear, to support them through difficult times.

Making sure a young person always has someone they can share their worries with, without fear of being judged, can help them to become more resilient and develop healthy coping strategies. You could even create a safe space in your home where your child can come and speak to you about anything.

Health

As a parent or carer, you can influence your child’s health through the food you have in your home. Try to encourage your child to eat fruit and vegetables, drink water and limit junk food. You could encourage your child’s interest in cooking home made food by asking them to find a recipe online and helping them make it for the family.

You can also motivate your child to be more active. You could even turn exercise into fun, quality family time by suggesting a bike ride, walk, or by playing football or tennis in the garden. If your child doesn’t enjoy PE lessons or traditional sports, try to find something they do enjoy it could be dancing, yoga or hiking.

Talents and Interests 

Every parent or carer can see how talented their child is. Encouraging them to pursue their talents and interests inside and outside of school, is a great way to help your child become more resilient. Your child can learn key emotional skills through talents and interests. For example, if your child loses a sports match, they learn how to control their emotions and behaviours when they are disappointed and they also learn how to overcome a setback. Hobbies can also help young people to feel more confident and they provide a sense of belonging and identity. You can encourage your child to take part in their hobbies by showing interest in their progress, encouraging them to talk to you about it, researching further information online and finding time in the day for them to practice at home – whether their interest is painting or playing football – it all helps.

Friendship

Who your child makes friends with is something you cannot control, which makes it difficult to see your child going through problems with their friends. Although you cannot control this element of their lives, you can talk to your child about what it means to be a good friend and what positive friendships look like. This could be being non-judgemental, supportive and inclusive. It is also important for you to demonstrate good friendship in your own life, so your child can identify what it means to have good friends and to be a good friend.

By working together, we can help young people in Kent become more resilient.

Get in touch

If you have a story to tell about a young person’s resilience in Kent, or how you helped someone on their resilience journey, get in touch! You can email us at [email protected]