Draw your own Solution

Draw Your Own Solution is a campaign that aims to increase awareness of resilience and understanding of how to become more resilient. We want to work alongside young people, parents, carers, schools and communities to help guide young people on their journey to resilience.

Schools and communities are extremely important in helping to build young people’s resilience. Children and teenagers go through a lot during their school years. They often experience new emotions, hormone changes, exam stress and friendship issues. Whilst these factors aren’t something a school or community can always control, there are ways you can help guide young people to becoming more resilient.

It is important for young people to learn about resilience and what can help to make them more resilient, so that they build the emotional capabilities needed to be able to overcome problems that they may face in life.

To a young person, the issues they may face during their time at school may seem like ‘the end of the world’. It is important for young people to know they have someone they can speak to about their issues, during this time.

Making it clear that you are always there to listen and not pass judgement, is extremely important to young people. You could even create a safe space in your school or community centre where young people know they can go to talk to someone about how they feel.

Talents and Interests 

Talents and interests are an important part of building resilience, as it often gives young people a positive focus. Competitive interests, such as sports, teach young people key resilience skills such as working with and helping others, as well as developing motivation to keep going despite being knocked back (for example by losing a sports match). It is important that young people feel encouraged and supported on their road to resilience. Creating a platform for young people to express their talents and interests, such as encouraging them to partake in extra-curricular activities such as sports, music, or attending a community group, is one way to help them build resilience. You could even encourage the young people to create their own extra-curricular club, such as a book club or a volunteer group, if there isn’t one out there that caters to their interests.  If you notice that a child is talented in a specific area in school, then you can encourage them to pursue that talent either within an academic setting or outside of school.

Friendship

Young people often experience friendship issues during their school years. From bullying to an argument with a close friend, issues with friendships in and outside of school can make life difficult for a young person. Supporting a child through these difficulties can help them to become more resilient. You can also encourage positive friendships by talking to young people about what it means to be a good friend. Young people are not always forthcoming when it comes to talking about their emotions, especially surrounding friendships. Being observant can help identify if a young person may be struggling with friendships. If you notice a group leaving one person out, or if a child seems to be more isolated and introverted than usual then talk to them about it. You could try talking to them first about your own experiences or emotions, which may help them to feel more supported.

Health

Schools and communities can’t control a young person’s health, but they can influence a young person’s decision to live a healthy lifestyle. You can encourage young people to exercise regularly, this could be through taking part in sports in a school or community. You can also motivate young people to make healthy eating decisions, if you provide snacks for young people consider healthy snacks such as fruit or nuts.

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

Resources

You can download our campaign A4 or A3 posters to display on your website or in school or community settings. If you would like hard copies of these posters, or have any queries, please email [email protected].

You can also download our A5 resilience leaflet for young people.

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