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Hope & Resilience

What is resilience?

Activities to Increase Resilience

Resilience & Compassion Fatigue


Information about resilience adapted from NHS Greater Glasgow Resilience Toolkit

Resilience describes a person’s capacity to cope with changes and challenges and to bounce back during difficult times. The more resilient someone is, the better they are at getting through tough times, and the better their chances at recovering from experiences of adversity and trauma (Gilligan 2004)

Resilience is NOT

    ●          Putting up with abusive or harmful situations

    ●          Being “strong and silent”

    ●          Avoiding asking for help or communicating needs/feelings

Qualities of Resilience

    ●          Self esteem

    ●          Self-efficacy (optimism, feeling of making a difference)

    ●          Trust

    ●          Secure base (stable relationships and place to live)

    ●          Meaningful roles

    ●          Autonomy (making decisions for oneself)

    ●          Identity

    ●          Insight (reflective skills)

Benefits of Resilience

    ●          Having realistic expectations

    ●          Overcoming challenging situations

    ●          Setting goals

    ●          Independence

    ●          Mutually respectful relationships

    ●          Communication skills

    ●          Emotional regulation

    ●          Empathy for others

    ●          Problem solving skills

    ●          Interpersonal skills

    ●          Learning from mistakes

    ●          Understanding strengths and areas of growth



  • Think of 3 things you have in terms of social support and repeat the phrase “I have ____” for each one. These could be loving/trusting relationships, role models, independence, access to healthcare/education/mental health care, a sense of structure at home.
  • Think of 3 things you are in terms of inner strengths and repeat the phrase “I am ____” for each one. These could be qualities such as being loveable/loving, proud of yourself, responsible, hopeful, trustful.
  • Think of 3 things you are capable of in terms of interpersonal & problem-solving skills and repeat the phrase “I can ____” for each one. These could be the ability to communicate, solve your own problems, manage your emotions, seek trusting relationships, self -regulate.