Your Resilience

Your Resilience is a free UK-wide programme that supports young people’s mental health resilience. It is focused on building resilience through life’s transitions in 14–18 year olds, equipping them with the tools and resources to manage their mental health now and in the future.

The programme is delivered in a range of settings:

  • Sport’s talent pathways
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Community settings for young people

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.

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 ‘Managing Injuries’ 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

Managing injuries

Anxiety

Low mood & depression

Your Resilience's impact

1,841 young people provided with help to build their knowledge and tools to become resilient

“It was great to learn helpful things in a
comfortable and
friendly environment with my
teammates where we could share individual
ideas and personal topics.”

– North East Netball U19 Player 

197 professionals trained, encouraging a culture of open conversations about mental health

“Lesson plans were clear and easy to use. The videos and group activities helped to hold the groups attention and encouraged them to engage and answer questions.”

– NI Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

650 workshops delivered in a broad range of professional sports organisations across the UK

“It allowed the players to discuss some really important areas and given them tangible mechanisms and techniques to better pursue dual career pathways.”

– Manchester United U14s Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Resilience is completely free to participating organisations.

Our full 8-week co-delivery programme, which covers all of our workshops.

We also offer one-off workshops taken from the full programme, which are called Your Resilience Lite workshops.

Our face-to-face programmes are also free.

Find more information about our Programme options.

Your Resilience programme offers support to young people aged 14-18 years old.

Your Resilience can be delivered online or face-to-face.

The workshops are delivered through scenario-based discussion and relatable topics, such as ‘managing selection and deselection’ or ‘anxiety’.

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.

This programme focusses on equipping young people with the tools to build resilience and successfully navigate life’s transitions. We hope that young people will be more aware about their resilience and the strengths and characteristics they have to cope with challenging situations. Young people will also feel more confident about the needs of others such as their family and friends.

We gathered insight from young people and staff across the UK to build a programme based on what they told us they want and need.

Young people wanted a programme that was delivered by staff and also mental health experts. They also wanted the programme to be taught in an interactive way where they would learn about different scenarios related to aspects they found challenging.

Staff were very keen to be involved but didn’t feel like they had the capacity or knowledge to do so and requested support in delivering the programme.

At the beginning of the programme, our dedicated Training Associates will train staff in your organisation in the content of Your Resilience.

In the following seven weeks we will work closely with staff to co-deliver Your Resilience in 1-hour workshops.

Our Training Associates provide a supportive space within an organisation – they stay inside an organisation for one hour before and after a workshop, allowing for staff to learn the content as well as prep, plan and debrief.

We ask the key contact to read and sign our Organisation’s charter which we send to you before commencing, to ensure expectations are clear throughout delivery. To receive our charter please email us at: [email protected]

We also ask staff and young people taking part to fill in our 5-minute baseline and final evaluation surveys. This is a key part of continually developing and improving our delivery.

We require a commitment to taking part in the programme as a co-delivery, which involves staff to work alongside our Training Associates to deliver the programme to young people. We hope this creates a long-lasting legacy within the organisation once the 8 weeks have finished.

We have a Your Resilience lite resource pack which we send prior to any Your Resilience lite workshop delivery.

We also ask you to read our charter to familiarise yourself with how the workshops are run.

Prior to delivery, worksheets and certificates will need to be printed for your young people. We would also appreciate active participation from a couple of staff members present during the session.

When we send a survey round about the programme we would be grateful for you to share widely.

Once Your Resilience has come to an end, we will remain in regular contact with your designated contact to ensure they have the right resources and support to continue delivering Your Resilience to more young people – and ultimately grow its impact within your organisation.

Your Resilience leaves a legacy behind in the organisation through trained designated staff who are committed to continue delivery of the programme with easy to use resources.

The programme has an in-built model of sustainability where we train staff in the content, and then co-deliver all workshops with them. By doing this we leave behind a legacy in the organisation through those trained staff who can go on to train other staff in the programme to deliver it to more young people. Our experiences so far are that all organisations continue to deliver the programme after the initial co-delivery with us, thus supporting a whole organisation approach.

We use the Short Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWB) with staff; and the Young people Resilience Survey (SRS) for every young person that participates.

The evaluation is completed at baseline and end of the programme looking at changes to knowledge around resilience and general improvements in wellbeing. We also complete short knowledge quizzes during the last session with young people.

For qualitative data we use several measures including case studies, paired depth interviews and focus groups. We may ask your organisation or club to participate in one of these.

Our staff will help you to decide which option would best suit your young people’s needs. Please contact us by email: [email protected]

Meet Your Resilience Coordinator

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's 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.

Leah Setsoafia

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