The Resilience Academy is an evidence-based training programme to build resilience and coping skills for young people. These necessary resilience and coping skills are often expected but rarely taught. This programme is designed to provide students with the information, strategies, and resources that they will use through their school careers and beyond, to cope with stressors in a positive and constructive way.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for teenagers in Ireland. Over 100 people aged 25 and under die by suicide each year. We know that adolescence is a challenging time but we expect teenagers to be able to cope without ever teaching them how. While we can't remove every difficulty from their lives, we can provide them with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to respond to these challenges in a healthy and positive way.
The Resilience Academy helps to reduce teen suicide rates by providing young people with the knowledge skills and tools they need. This 6-week programme is provided by trained facilitators, with years of experience in promoting mental health in young people. They work with students to identify the issues they face and deliver classes based on these topics. The programme is structured to allow the students to reflect on the issues discussed, try the methods, and come back with any questions.
The Resilience Academy aims to reduce the number of deaths by suicide among young people by showing them how to deal with issues in a healthy way and when to ask for help. Students that have participated in the programme have shown increased levels of resilience, hope and practised help-seeking behaviour when times are tough. The Resilience Academy shows teenagers how to address existing issues, cope with present challenges and make positive changes to help their future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).