Developing resilience – the ability to be strong and “bounce back” or recover from stress and challenges – can help to prevent problems in kids and teens.
You can help your child or teen develop resilience by:
- Finding out about early childhood development. Healthy Child Manitoba has resources and programs providing lots of good ideas about resilience and other strengths in childhood.
- Avoiding the use of catastrophic (very negative) language and emotional outbursts in response to stress.
- Using positive stress management techniques in your daily life.
- Asking ‘how’ questions rather than ‘why,’ to encourage critical thinking and teach practical problem-solving skills – for example, ask “How are you going to fix your bike chain?” instead of “Why did you leave your bike out in the rain?”
In recent years, a lot of progress has been made in understanding and treating mental health disorders. With help from a mental health professional and support from family and friends, mental health concerns are treatable and recovery can be expected.
Recovery can be thought of as part of a personal journey to feel a degree of control over and satisfaction with life and have meaningful relationships with trusted people – whether they are family members, friends or people at school or work.
Recovery also means different things to each person. For some, recovery means that no symptoms will persist, while for others, recovery means learning to live a full life despite any ongoing symptoms.
To find information on resilience, check out Links and Resources.