Resilience at Mind

There may be times or situations in our lives that are more difficult than others. The capacity to stay mentally well during those times is what we call ‘resilience’.

Resilience is not simply a person’s ability to ‘bounce back’, but their capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing.

We believe resilience is something that can change over time and that we, as individuals, have the power to change it. We believe that resilience can be taught, and learned, and that the elements that build resilience can be introduced into everyday life.

The three parts of resilience

Our approach to resilience identifies three key elements, which we believe lie at the heart of resilience: wellbeing, social connections and having ways to cope with difficult events. Our work on resilience is based on helping people to develop all three:

  • Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing describes our mental state – how we are feeling and how well we can cope with day-to-day life. Our emotional wellbeing can change, from day to day, month to month or year to year.

  • Social connections

Connecting with other people isn’t always easy and many of us can sometimes feel isolated or struggle with relationships. We aim to tackle loneliness and increase resilience by supporting projects that bring isolated individuals and people with similar experiences, together.

  • Ways to cope

There is growing evidence that psychological treatments, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), can play a key role in preventing, as well as treating, mental health problems. This part of our work engages with people who are well, and especially with those who we’ve identified as being at higher risk of developing mental health problems.

Our resilience work

Together with partner organisations and our network of local Minds, we are undertaking a number of projects around resilience to test our approach. We have focused on the groups which we have identified as having a higher risk of developing mental health problems, due to their circumstances.

Our current resilience work includes:

In all of these projects, our focus is the same: build wellbeing, increase social connections and help people develop psychological coping strategies.

More information

If you would like to find out more about our approach to resilience and our project work, please email resilience@mind.org.uk.

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