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In this webinar Dr Sunderland addresses narratives, slogans and mission statements in schools that promote resilience, and the potential harm that these can do to the troubled children they purport 

to support. In light of this, the government’s Wellbeing for Education Return Covid-19 initiative which was rolled-out in most UK local authorities, included over 40 references to the word resilience. Yet during the pandemic when TISUK delivered trauma-informed training to over 20,000 staff, we were repeatedly told that 1000s of children and young people in their schools didn’t feel at all resilient but rather anxious, depressed and hopeless. 

The message to pupils and students that ‘It’s good to bounce back from adversity’ is arguably crazily out of touch when the research shows that nearly half a million children in the UK say they have no-one to speak to at school when they feel sad or anxious. As a result, many have sleep difficulties, tend to fight, struggle with homework and/or socially withdraw1. Moreover, for those who contemplate taking their own lives (suicide being the leading cause of death in young people) the resilience message is at best meaningless and at worst a gross misstatement, fuelling further feelings of alienation from school and from life itself.

So in this short webinar Dr Sunderland will explore what other messages we should be giving in children and young people in schools about hardship, about emotionality about how to deal with stress and distress so they feel far more seen, heard and acknowledged in the reality of their lives.  

Benefits from attending: 

  • Understand why the concept of resilience in schools is experienced as superficial by so many children and young people and why they feel it doesn’t speak about the reality of their lives 
  • Learn alternatives to the resilience narrative that acknowledge emotional pain and give staff students and pupils the language to talk about mental health issues confidently, openly and without shame
  • Learn more about the impact of the coronavirus on young people’s lives, how to be with their distress and the importance of talking to someone trained to listen. 

1. The ‘Make it Count’ campaign (Mental Health Foundation, October 2018)