Your Resilience

Your Resilience aims to fortify resilience in young people aged 14-18 and prevent the escalation of mental health challenges through prompt and tailored support in a range of settings.

Since our 2020 launch, we’ve worked with young people on sports talent pathways, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and in community settings, where our focus is now on supporting young people from diverse and underserved communities who are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health due to a range of social determinants.

We are working with three priority groups across community settings:

  • Young people living in areas of deprivation
  • Young people from minority ethnic communities
  • Young people from rural communities

If you think that your organization fits the criteria above and you would like to take part in our Your Resilience programme, please contact us at: [email protected]

Supporting young people's
mental health

At Mental Health UK, we know there is a growing need for support for young people, with most long-term mental health problems beginning in adolescence: 75% of mental illnesses start before a person’s 18th birthday.

Evidence shows that providing good, early preventative support in the right place at the right time can help to avoid deterioration in young people’s mental health, and equip them for the challenges of everyday life.

That’s why we created Your Resilience – one of the largest UK-wide programmes for 14-18 year olds which focuses on supporting young people’s mental health resilience.

Co-production

At Mental Health UK we recognise the vital role young people can play in shaping our programmes. We are currently undertaking co-production sessions with young people across undeserved communities to inform and enhance our knowledge on the needs of diverse and underserved young people who are at risk of experiencing poor mental health due to a range of social determinants.

This collaborative approach will support the ongoing development of our programmes, ensuring they are fit for purpose and meet the needs of both young people and the supportive adult professionals in their lives.
If you are interested in taking part in co-production sessions, please contact us.

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The programme

Your Resilience offers a refreshing perspective on resilience. Designed with input from young people, it supports an open conversation about what resilience is and what is required to build it.

Delivered through scenario-based discussion and relatable topics, such as social pressures and low mood and depression, Your Resilience will leave young people with a better understanding of mental health in themselves and others. They will also possess a suite of tools they can deploy in ways which are right for their own mental health both now and in the future.

Key to Your Resilience is supporting facilitators who work with young people by building their confidence to discuss a range of topics with them.

How we work

Your Resilience workshops

Free face-to-face workshops, courses and training in
schools available in each nation of the UK.

Your Resilience leaves a legacy

Our commitment to legacy – ongoing support for
participating community based settings, CAMHS and sport pathways.

Topics we cover

What is Resilience?

Exam stress

Making decisions about the future

Social pressures

Managing studies

Friendships

Juggling time

Managing selection & deselection
(sports settings only)

Managing injuries
(sports settings only)

Anxiety

Low mood & depression

Your Resilience's impact

8,617 young people provided with help to build their knowledge and tools to become resilient.

772 professionals trained, encouraging a culture of open conversations about mental health throughout the UK.

Meet Your Resilience Coordinator

Leah Kennedy

As a former professional netball player, I have lived experience of the highs and lows of playing my sport at the highest level. Transitioning out of professional sport, I experienced working with young people in various education and community settings which developed my desire to support their mental health and wellbeing. Working as a netball coach within performance pathway also engaged my passion further. I feel privileged to be able to ensure Your Resilience can reach as many young people as possible who need this support.