Resilience and risky health behaviours in children and young people are inter-related (1). Those who lack resilience are more likely to engage in unhealthy or risky behaviours. Nature’s Challenge gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their wellbeing and resilience.
For children and young people, engaging in risky behaviours is likely to increase their vulnerability and reduce their resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, failure, challenges, and trauma (2). It’s not something that they either have or don’t have; it’s a skill that they develop as they grow. All children are capable of working through challenges and coping with stress.
At Nature’s Challenge we understand that interventions or programmes that aim to reduce risky health behaviours may also increase resilience in these children and young people.
Resilient children and young people are more likely to take healthy risks because they don’t fear falling short of expectations. This helps them reach for their long-term goals and solve their problems independently.
- 2014 ‘Local action on health inequalities: Building children and young people’s resilience in schools’, Public Health England. Available at: Building children and young people’s resilience in schools
- (2018) ‘Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Your Kids, LCSW, Available at: https://www.psycom.net/build-resilience-children