As we explore our post pandemic world, building resilience in our young people is a focus for many. Unfortunately, the mental health of young people has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. The prevalence of symptoms of anxiety and depression has risen dramatically amongst young people and remains higher than pre‑pandemic levels. The child and adolescent mental health system is currently experiencing challenges and strain as it attempts to cope with the demand.
As a result, some young people are at risk of not achieving the primary demands of developmental tasks such as independence, identity formation, and attaining and maintaining peer relationships. However, by maintaining their wellbeing through regular exercise, adequate sleep and healthy nutrition, young people can be in a better position to tackle these important tasks.
As many families settle back into their pre-COVID routines, the sense of optimism about what lies ahead builds momentum. If there is an upside to the adversity caused by the pandemic, then it is the building of resilience. In this current environment, young people need support, understanding, empathy and encouragement from caring adults. Teaching them the skills to build resilience will enable young people to thrive and develop healthy coping strategies. There are seven integral and interrelated components that help build resilience – the seven ‘C’s’.
This special edition from SchoolTV offers a number of strategies on how parents and carers can best facilitate them.
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