Although resilience develops individually, it can also be supported with help by:
- Assessing the factors causing stress in the individual
- Adapting the person to his or her environment and changing life circumstances (e.g., moving)
- Aiming at the prevention of problems
- Promoting well-being
- Creating a strong community (e.g., friends, community groups, family, etc.)
- Focusing on positive emotions, thoughts, and behaviors
- Improving a person's quality of life
- Identifying and using available resources (e.g., family, community, school resources, etc.)
- Reinforcing the person's abilities
- Valuing cultural differences
- Allowing young people to speak openly and honestly
For more information on how to support young people, visit Supporting Someone
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