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Building Resilience

Resilience is the word we use to describe being able to manage when we face change and challenge in life.
Resilient people keep going when times are hard, and have belief they can cope. Disappointments and sadness will still happen, but a person’s inner strength and determination carries them through.

Developing coping strategies to manage feelings during hard times is important for long term emotional wellbeing.

Resilience is shaped by;

  • Individual characteristics - our genes, temperament and personality.
  • The environment we grow up in — our family, community and the broader society.
  • Our life experiences.

There are some things we can’t change, such as biological makeup. There are others factors that with support children and young people can change or learn to manage differently.

  • Schools can have a profound influence on supporting children and young people to develop the coping strategies and self belief that are the foundation of resilience.

    A culture of pride and belonging and the recognition of personal strengths can foster resilience in the school community and for each individual.

    Group and individual sessions can give space to pupils to reflect on their thoughts and feelings and find their own solutions to the challenges and worries they face.

    The key skills that help children and young people build resilience are;

    • Having good relationships with others; including both adults and peers.
    • Being encouraged to grow in independence.
    • Learning to identify, express and manage good and difficult feelings.
    • Building confidence by taking on personal challenges.

    Pupils will experience disappointments and upsets at times. They may lose a sporting event, or a piece of artwork may not turn out ‘as hoped’. They may have problems in friendship groups, or worry about their appearance. These are ideal opportunities to help children explore the feelings that arise and think about how they can manage them, and learn from them for the future.

  • 'All Our Health' free, bite-sized e-learning sessions (Public Health England) - to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

    The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health including;

    • Childhood obesity
    • Pollution
    • Alcohol misuse
    • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

    They contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.

    Shelf help:

    • Sitting Still Like a Frog – Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and their parents) Eline Snel.
    • Building Resilience in Children and Teens – Kenneth Ginsberg.
    • Banish Your Body Image Thief - Katie Collins-Donnelly.
    • Banish Your Self Esteem Thief - Katie Collins-Donnelly.
    • Self Esteem and Being YOU - Anita Naik.
    • Mind Your Head - Juno Dawson.
    • The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTF's - Self Esteem Team.

     

     

How Can We Help?

Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays.

Referrals for support are made by contacting Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Please make sure you have the consent of the parent and / or young person before you make a referral to us. You do not need to fill out any paperwork prior to this call.

Referrals are made via the telephone to enable us to have an informative conversation with you at the point of referral so we can ensure we have all the required information for early triage and assessment of the child, young person or family. This will ensure the referral gets managed by the appropriate team in a more timely way or we can signpost you to a more appropriate service.

ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.

Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.

Just One Norfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on Apple or Android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.

Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.

Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through Just One Norfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules. Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting karin.bibby@nhs.net. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place please contact Karin Bibby to register your interest in virtual training as this becomes available.

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