The Resilience Project


 

https://theresilienceproject.com.au/    

We are very fortunate to be connected to the Resilience Project. The Resilience Project has been extraordinarily successful working with schools and sporting teams (including AFL and NRL teams). The Project’s mission is “teaching positive mental health strategies”.

 

Warranwood teachers, students and parents were involved in a series of emotionally engaging programs with evidence based, practical strategies to create positive emotions and therefore build resilience. The message is simple yet powerful.

 

We frequently hear media reports about mental health and the issues that poor mental health brings to our communities and families. The Resilience Project focusses on building positive mental health capacities in people and supporting them to live in the now! The strategies support the wellbeing of adults and children alike!

 

There are staggering facts around mental health:

  • 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness
  • 1 in 7 primary schools kids have a mental illness
  • 1 in 5 adults will experience mental ill-health throughout the year
  • 65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness

 

The Resilience Project focus on the key concepts of:

  • Mindfulness
  • Gratitude
  • Empathy

 

We incorporate aspects of The Resilience Project work into classrooms. Students practise and develop their MINDFULNESS through meditation sessions several times a week using the Smiling Mind app as well as activities such as mindfulness colouring. GRATITUDE and EMPATHY are also encouraged and explored on an individual, class and school level in a variety of settings and modes. Students have had experience with many strategies to support their own resilience and emotional and mental health. This work has strong positive impact on learning outcomes as well as emotional health.

 

To support your family’s, and your own, mindfulness the Smiling Mind app and strategies are highly recommended. http:// smilingmind.com.au/

 

The feedback from everyone at Warranwood has been very strong, as one parent’s email shows...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to listen to Hugh van Cuylenburg from The Resilience Project at Warranwood PS last night. What a truly engaging person, sharing something so close to him and yet in a way that gave us all lots to reflect on and for such good reasons.

 

I also really love that this way of thinking has been extended to students, teachers and parents alike at our school. This gives me real hope that this can make a difference. We had a conversation with our boys last night about what we learnt and they ‘already knew’ (naturally) – point being, the conversations in our house about this hard stuff have some structure and strategy now, we know school is on-board with the philosophy Hugh spoke of and hey, I have already fallen asleep to the body scan Smiling Minds app... “

 

 

 

Other testimonials:

“The program was of great benefit to our group and the feedback has been very positive. Giving the players tools to deal with the ups and down, not only in their sporting careers but also in life. Invaluable.”
Rodney Eade, Head Coach, Gold Cost Suns

 

“The feedback from the players has been exceptional. Not only does the program give tools that we can use individually for well-being but it also gives staff, coaches and players a reference that we can use when things are getting tough”

Simon Fletcher, Player Welfare Manager, Gold Coast Suns

 

“That’s one of the best presentations I have ever seen. That was extraordinary mate.”

Taylor (Tex) Walker

 

“I’ve been in elite sport for over 17 years now. This is the best presentation I’ve seen at a club.” Matt Francis, Head of Player Welfare, Parramatta Eels

 

“I’ve been teaching for 40 years and this is the best program I’ve seen in a school. An amazing experience for our whole school community.”  Andrew Turvey, Principal at Karabar High School.


 

“I’ve never been so enthralled, engaged and inspired. I could have listened to Hugh speak all night. I have so many things to go home and put into practise with my kids. So grateful to the school for realising the importance of involving the parents in this program”

Rodney Eade, Head Coach, Gold Cost Suns

 

“The feedback from the players has been exceptional. Not only does the program give tools that we can use individually for well-being but it also gives staff, coaches and players a reference that we can use when things are getting tough” 

 

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