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 by focusing on the following four areas of resilience:
Emotions and Behaviours
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.
Talents and Interests
Talents and interests are an important part of building resilience.. It is important that young people feel encouraged and supported on their road to resilience. Encouraging young people to partake in extra-curricular activities such as sports, music, or attending a community group, is one way to help them build resilience. 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.
Young people often experience friendship issues during their school years. 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. 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.
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 motivate young people to make healthy eating decisions, if you provide snacks for young people consider healthy snacks such as fruit or nuts.
You can download our campaign A4 or A3 posters to display on your website or in school or community settings, as well as our A5 resilience leaflet for young people. If you would like hard copies of these posters, or have any queries, please email Headstart@kent.gov.uk. Additionally, we offer screensavers for use across school settings.