Building Resilience What is it and what builds it. Ed Sipler South Eastern Trust February, 2104. A way of working together…. What ground rules can we agree on?. What ground rules can we agree on?. There is no health without mental health
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Building ResilienceWhat is it and what builds it
South Eastern Trust
What ground rules can we agree on?
What ground rules can we agree on?
There is no health without mental health
By 2020 mental disorders are expected to be second only to heart disease as a leading source of disease.
Mental health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointments and sadness. It is a positive sense of well being and an underlying belief in our own and others dignity and worth.
NI Promoting Mental Health Strategy
The capacity for healthy development and successful learning in spite of challenges.”
( B Benard )
Resilience is the capacity to spring back, rebound, successfully adapt in the face of adversity and develop social, academic, and vocational competence despite being exposed to extreme stress or simply to the stress that is inherent in today’s world. (Henderson and Milstein, 1996)
While our understanding of processes that promote resilience is extensive, we need a better range of practical applications.
A ray of hope
One of the most important thing things that came out of the years of research is that “there is no age that has a monopoly on risks and no age beyond which it is too late to intervene”. (Rutter 2000)
Risk factors are cumulative
Transition points are both threats and opportunities
Acute stresses are usually less harmful than chronic ones
Building our strengths or assets
How resilient are you?
The Road to Resilience
What we do does matter.
Resilience can be built
We just need to know how
Factors that build resilience
Adopted from Resiliency in Schools Making it happen for Students and Educators, Henderson and Milstein 1996
Grotberg, E. (1997) ‘The international resilience project’.
Strengths related to resilience
Being in charge of our emotions
Create thinking time
Analyzing the cause of problems
Maintaining realistic optimism
Having empathy for others
Believing in our own competence
Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte (2003)The Resilience Factor
Which do you like best?
Building resilience thinking
Deep core beliefs
Self care- Feeling positive in the midst of stress
Principles of coping
We can’t control everything that happens to us.
What we can control is how we how we react.
Something happens. We think about it. We respond.
Events Thoughts Response
To help us, let’s think of it as learning our ABC’S:
Unhelpful thinking habits that are automatic
Style of explaining things
Emotional and physical well being
Core beliefs about ourselves and the world.
(Rules, demands, assumptions)
How can we deal with stress? It is more than just “think positive”. It is about recognizing our feelings and developing “good thinking skills”
The beliefs (our thinking) matter because they will shape the intensity of our feelings and what we do. When we are more resilient we are not saying we don’t have strong feelings… We are able to regulate and control them to respond to situations in ways that work better for us.
All or nothing thinking Jumping to conclusionsOvergeneralisingMaking a mountain out of a mole hillEmotional reasoning Should Statements Taking things personallyWishful thinkingMental filterDiscounting the positive
Have we learned to view life and every day situations with negative goggles on?
Ten Common Unhelpful Thinking Habits
Catching that unhelpful, initial reaction
Putting on the brakes. Stopping that chain of unhelpful self talk
Create thinking time. Examine what is really going on
Being flexible and creative in your thinking. Challenging negative thinking Substitute more reasonable thinking
Stress is the perceptionthat something is more of a problem than the resources you have for coping with it.
Stress puts your well being at risk.
1. Notice positive things
2. Express these positive things
5. Positive rethinking
6. Focus on your strengths
7. Attainable goals
8. Acts of kindness
Found in the Bouncing Back workbook on page 14
Self help materials for adults and young people affected by substance misuse in the family
Self help material to help people look at their drinking or drug use
Self help material to help people change behaviour
All these resources can be found on the South Eastern Trust web site the under healthy living tab
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”
Dr. Michael McGriffy