Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress - such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences.

Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience. Being resilient does not mean that a person doesn't experience difficulty or distress. In fact, the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress.

Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. Resilience needs to be taught to children.


A series of short videos which explain how resilience is built:










27 activities and worksheets to build resilience in students and adults (with PDFs)

A creative take on what builds resilience 




‘Promoting Resilience – Supporting Children and Young People Who are in Care, Adopted or In Need’, by Professor Robbie Gilligan of Trinity College Dublin