Jamie Cameron – Wellbeing Director
Resilience is the ability to deal with challenging situations; being able to sustain some form of balance in our lives when things get tough.
According to Psychotherapist Joshua Miles, developing greater resilience includes the following benefits:
- Improved learning and academic achievement
- Lower absences due to sickness
- Reduced use of risk-taking behaviours such as excessive drinking, smoking or use of drugs
When our young people navigate their way through challenges at the College, they are practising in a safe environment. As they make mistakes and are given the opportunities to learn from these mistakes, they build resilience. If others step in and fix things for them, their resilience development is impaired. Resilience can be learned in the usual way – practise.
It is important students learn what it feels like to be under pressure or to make errors, so when it happens in real life they are more experienced in dealing with it. Teachers and parents all want young people to become independent and balanced, fulfilling their potential. Allowing, even embracing, discomfort in the short term is necessary to maximise wholistic growth into the future.