What Is The Resilience Project
To teach our youth and well as adults the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and gain internal toughness. This we teach as they internalize resilience skills that ultimately prevents suicide.
Released by the health department recently confirmed two troubling statistics about teen suicide in the state of Utah. The first being that Utah leads the nation in teen suicide and the others is that suicide is now the leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 17. There’s no indication that the problem is slowing down or that the problem is being addressed on a large scale. This is not only a problem in the state of Utah, but has been an ongoing issue throughout the USA.
The resilience project is a campaign project that has been created in the wake of rising levels of teen suicide. Our primary goal is to address the issue of teen suicide on a larger scale in the community and in a more organized fashion than ever before. The name resilience project was specifically chosen for several reasons. The first and most obvious reason is to promote the idea of practicing resilience but we also wanted a name that promotes the idea of a continuance of life instead of simply ending it becuase they can’t cope with the issues.
Mental Health Issues Are Highly Treatable
We firmly take the stance that teen suicide is preventable and that teen mental health issues are often highly treatable. The goal of this campaign is simply to reduce the rates of teen suicide in the state of Utah and throughout the world. We intend to address this problem by coming at it from several angles. We intend to reduce teen suicide by doing the following:
- Providing the right education, support, resources and help to teens on a larger scale while also taking a different approach and angle to this problem by promoting attitudes, approaches and tools that increase resilience. By creating more resilient youth, we believe that they will be more likely to intervene on their own behalf. The teen resilience curriculum will promote autonomy, self-respect, assertiveness and empathy.Teens will also learn critical thinking skills that will help them learn that they can choose how view situations and therefore change how they feel. Teens will be given access to a resilience class and a personal resilience workbook. In some cases, a grief group may be warranted as many teens are faced with the realities of a lost friend or peer.
- Providing education to parents, caretakers and guardians. This material will provide parents with the need to know education about teen suicide. The material will empower them and help them be more competent in preventing suicide in their own homes and their own families. This material will come in three stages or packets:
Packet One. This is an intervention packet that will provide parents with the education and resources that will help them intervene effectively.
Packet Two. This packet is called the altruism packet and is designed to increase parents own resilience. This packet is designed to find and build on strengths while promoting family altruism.Packet Three. Called essential discussions and designed to be more direct about cultural issues that are barriers to resilience. This packet comes last on purpose. The first two packets are intended to pave the way for more essential discussions about contributing factors that may exist in the home. All of this information will provided in “The resilience project” folder which will be a free resource to parents and organizations for distribution.
- We intend to organize free events for parents to attend within the community. These events will cover core topics, distribute materials and provide an opportunity for Q&A. We hope to work with schools, libraries, city centers and so on to provide these free events.
Our long term goal is to reverse the trend of teen suicide and decrease the rates of suicide. We intend to use self-reporting metrics to determine progress and effectiveness of the program for both teens and parents.