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Resilience and mindfulness

There may be times or situations in everyone’s lives that are more difficult than others. The ability to stay mentally well during those times is what we call ‘resilience’. Resilience is not simply a person’s ability to ‘bounce back’ from a tough time but their ability to adapt in the face of challenging situations, whilst maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing. Resilience is a form of self-help; the person is helping their self to be better, more positive and happier.

More information about resilience and mindfulness

Three parts to resilience

Resilience is something that can change over time and you have the power to change it. Resilience can be taught and learned, and the things that build resilience can be introduced into your everyday life now.

There are three parts to resilience:

  1. Mental wellbeing describes our mental state. This is how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Your emotional wellbeing can change, from day to day, month to month or year to year.

  2. Next is social connections. Connecting with other people isn’t always easy and many children and young people can sometimes feel isolated or struggle with relationships. Lots of children and young people feel like this and making friends can help you to overcome this.

  3. Lastly are ways to cope. There are many ways to cope and get support, such as self-help (more on that below) or speaking to your family and/or friends or to specialists like doctors.




Useful apps

  • Headspace is a personal guide to health and happiness. Designed to help you focus, breathe, stay calm, perform at your best, and get a better night’s rest through the life-changing skills of relaxation, meditation and mindfulness.

  • Calm is an app for meditation and sleep. Designed to help lower stress, lessen anxiety, and assist in a more restful sleep with guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses and relaxing music.

  • Calm Kids, Connected Parents gives you resources on all kinds of parenting dilemmas at your fingertips — including inspirational messages, audio tracks, videos and articles to help you create a calmer, happier home. Click here to download in the Apple store. Clicke here to download in the Google Play store .

  • Smiling Mind is a web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.

  • WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.

  • MindShift uses strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

  • NHS Weight Loss Plan. Develop healthier eating habits, be more active, and get on track to start losing weight with this NHS Choices 12-week diet and exercise plan.

  • Insight Timer offer guided meditations and talks led by the world's top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more.

  • Sleepio is designed to teach you how to overcome even long-term poor sleep without medication. This is the companion app for the Sleepio programme.

  • Moodometer is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing.

  • Dragon in the Attic is a game for 7 - 11 year old boys and girls about health and wellbeing choices which gives players greater awareness and confidence.

  • Worrinots provides children with a platform that they can use to communicate their worries, fears and anxieties.

  • Happime a free non-profit app that helps to raise self-esteem, self-confidence and happiness levels in children young people and adults by teaching them about the power of thinking positively and how to choose a more helpful way of thinking.

  • Feely an app to track your feelings and receive scientific exercises and work on activities that help you feel happier.

  • Moods: Mental Health Tracking with an easy fast traffic light colour system to track moods.

  • Chill Panda is an app designed to help with anxiety, managing worries and improving wellbeing for primary school-aged children.

Self-help materials

  • CAMHS Resources - This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being.

  • My Place - Age 13 - 25 years offering youth support around confidence 1:1 work or group. Funded by the Wildlife Trust initiative, ecotherapy and outdoor mindfulness. Available in Central, West and East Lancashire.

  • TalkZone – LCC - Young people aged from 12 to 19 years (up to age 25 with SEND) can access this support by telephone, text, webtalk, email or Facebook from 2pm - 10pm.

  • Lancashire Youth Challenge - A charity which enables young people to build confidence and resilience via an exciting year-round programme of physical activities, and creative and cultural projects. Available in North Lancashire area.

  • Youth Zone - Advice and support for children and young people.

  • Achieve Change and Engagement (A.C.E.) - Resources to help improve emotional health and wellbeing.

  • Public Health 5-19 Cumbria County Council - Service is aimed at lifestyle improvement, through maintaining and promoting mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Key priorities include healthy weight, emotional health, digital wellbeing and risk-taking behaviour.

  • 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing - Five steps to wellbeing is an evidence-based approach to improving mental wellbeing

  • Get Self Help - This website provides CBT self-help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self-help mp3s

  • Resilience and Self Help guide - Advice around steps you can take to be more resilient and promote self-care

  • NHS Northumberland, Tyne & Wear - Self-help leaflets




Useful videos

Watch videos in our health and resilience playlist on our YouTube channel.


However you're feeling, it can be great to express yourself and do things you enjoy. Take your mind off things with games, finding new ways to handle your emotions.

Get more support

Childline - Information and advice

Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, accredited counsellors for mental health needs

Mind -  Mental health charity providing guidance and support

Self-injury support - online support and guidance

Sleep Council - Help to get a better night’s sleep

Samaritans - Mental health charity providing support and guidance to all

The Mix - online group chat/discussion boards supporting children and young people with a variety of mental health issues

Young Minds - UK charity fighting for children and young people's mental health

Mental Health Crisis Line: 0800 915 4640

Mental Health Access Line - In Lancashire there is a Mental Health Access Line to support people’s mental health needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can access the line, by calling the NHS non-emergency services on 111

Listening service - There is an out of hours listening service in Lancashire for anyone concerned about their own, or someone else's, mental health. Call the Freephone Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline on 0800 915 4640. It's open Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight

If you prefer to communicate via text, a texting service runs alongside the Helpline in Lancashire. Text Hello to 07860 022846.

Specialist Triage, Assessment, Referral and Treatment (START)

Pendle & Burnley START 9am-5pm 01282 628455 5pm-9am 01282 657222

Blackburn START 9am-5pm 01254 226430 5pm-9am 01254 226074

Lancashire and South Cumbria - Urgent help services

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