R is for Resilience

As we close out National Suicide Prevention Month, it is important to make sure our youth have hope for their future. Resiliency is a key component in any youth’s life, but what is resiliency, and how do we explain it to our children? Read on to learn more about this and resources to talk about mental health with them.

Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you in partnership with Trinity Health Systems.

What is Resiliency or resilience?

The ability to cope and move forward in the face of crisis or challenge. It has the capability to bounce back after difficult life circumstances happen to a person.

Many of our youth have a resilient mindset with a lot of positive people in their lives rooting for them. When our youth are struggling with a mental health challenge, they are more likely to “bounce back” due to their resilient nature. As adults, we need to continue to foster an environment for that to grow.

While resiliency is a crucial protective factor there are others that can help our youth when it comes to decreasing their risk for suicide or mental health challenges.
  • Coping skills- opening the door for conversation about what those are, and how they are different for everyone.
  • Self-Esteem- build up positive confidence by using positive affirmation statements. Let the youth know they are worthy and that you are proud of them.
  • School– surprising to some, but school is a protective factor. Studies have shown that this allows for more eyes on the youth. It can give the youth purpose and promotes connection with peers and adults.
  • Limiting access to weapons, medication, and other lethal means- always practice safety in the house, no matter if you think the youth is at risk for suicide or not.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask direct questions if you are truly worried about a child’s safety.
  • One trusted adult– Studies have shown this can decrease the rate of suicide if the youth believe they have someone they can confide in.

Remember one question could save someone’s life. “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It could be the most important question you ever ask someone.

The Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.

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