The primary aim of The Resilience Project is to support the development of good mental health in children and adolescents through close collaboration with both parents and schools.
Good mental health is not just the absence of illness, but instead the presence of well-being. Resilience – the ability to cope and adapt in the setting of adversity – is one measure of mental health. Every individual has a capacity for resilience, but it needs nurturing and cultivation through childhood, and into adulthood. Parents, peers and other caring adults play vital roles in helping to cultivate resilience in children and adolescents.
We recognize that schools are where children and adolescents spend most of their waking time, and are the place where they connect with peers and caring adults other than their parents. Beyond academics, schools play a leading role in each child’s emotional, social, behavioral and cognitive development. Schools also serve as important resources when our youth are managing mental health challenges.
This goes without saying: parents have a pivotal role in building and supporting healthy habits, resiliency and positive coping in their children. We recognize the powerful ways parents shape their children, as well how difficult it sometimes is to be a parent: managing conflict, having difficult conversations, knowing when and how to set limits, even worrying about how to best support a child. The Resilience Project is designed to complement schools in providing education and support to parents in their efforts to raise healthy, resilient children.
The Resilience Project and Newton-Wellesley Hospital
The Resilience Project is part of Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is funded by a generous gift from the Manton Foundation. The Foundation recognizes the need in our community and desires to help make a positive difference for children and families.