Building Student Resilience

All Resources

Below you will find links to programs regarding student resilience and resources your can use in your teaching.

About Resilience – Early Childhood Australia
An overview of resilience resources that includes resources to help educators encourage resilience in young children.

Aussie Optimism
Aussie Optimism provides teachers, practitioners and parents with practical strategies and resources for developing children's social competence, self-management, and positive thinking in everyday life, during times of stress, and across transitions, like the move to high school. The programs are developmentally appropriate for children in middle and upper primary, and lower secondary school.

The Resiliency Resource Centre
A website for teachers, parents and other people who work with or care for children. It provides information about resilience and how to foster it in children. Although much of the information provided is relevant to adolescents as well, the focus of this site is on primary-school age children

Embrace the Future – Resiliency website for students
This is a cross-linked website with the Resiliency Resource Centre above. Designed especially for students it includes a resiliency quiz, interactive resources and links to materials designed especially to engage children.

Friendly Schools and Families
The Friendly Schools & Families Program provides individual, group, family and school community level actions to address and prevent bullying in its social context. The Program assists with the design, development, implementation, dissemination and evaluation of a social skill building and comprehensive anti-bullying program.

KidsLife – Helping children develop resilience
This website provides a numbers of resources to help parents and teachers develop resilience in children, including the A-Z of feeling words and a list of children’s books which address different emotions young children may be experiencing.

KidsMatter is the first national mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative specifically developed for primary schools. KidsMatter involves the people who have a significant influence on children's lives – parents, families, care-givers, teachers and community groups – in making a positive difference for children’s mental health during this important developmental period.

Ten tips to build resiliency in teens and young adults
A short, easy article on how to build your own resiliency.

The Resilient Kids Primary and Secondary CD ROM sets
A program for primary and secondary schools that teaches optimism, coping skills and personal mastery, to help immunise young people against depression.

The Resilience Doughnut
A school based resilience program with a free online resilience game for students.

Reach Out
Australian website looking at the social and emotional well-being of youth (includes drug info).

Reach Out Teachers Network
Find resources and practical strategies on a range of youth mental health issues and online technologies. The online resources available can be used to enhance the effectiveness of school-based mental health promotion and education programs delivered in school settings.

MindMatters is a national mental health initiative for secondary schools funded by the Australian government Department for Health and Aging. MindMatters is a resource and professional development program supporting Australian secondary schools in promoting and protecting the mental health, social and emotional wellbeing of all the members of school.

Mind Matters Plus
A collection of programs, research, resources and case studies to assist teachers in adopting the principles outlined in the MindMatters health initiative.

Meerilinga Resilience in Schools Program
This is a Western Australian based resilience program offering many resources including free resilience workshops for schools and downloadable resilience tips sheets.

PATHS is a curriculum for Pre-primary to Year 7 students that promotes emotional and social development. The curriculum is taught by classroom teachers and provides a consistent, 'whole school approach' to support:

  • students' social/emotional development
  • teachers' classroom management strategies
  • the school's behaviour management policy

The START Resiliency Training Package
Want to support students in their transition to high school? The START program has been designed to assist schools to plan and implement crucial primary prevention strategies to build belonging and promote wellbeing in all students as they reach a stage of potential vulnerability. Embodying the core aims expressed in The Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools, the START program includes materials to support schools to address the needs of students.

The Education component contains-information and resources for teacher educators and students of education, about mental health and wellbeing. Promoting social and emotional learning and resilience in schools and early childhood settings has been associated with better health outcomes, and may contribute to improved behaviour and academic achievement. You can use this site to find out more about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Risk, protection and resiliency in children and families
This Research to Practice Note aims to improve understanding of risk, protection and resilience in working with children and families and provide a brief overview of the relevant literature in this area.

The purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world. Educators and parents now agree, creating a positive school or classroom environment is the most effective way to improve behavior and learning. The Tribes TLC® process is the way to do it. Students achieve because they:

  • feel included and appreciated by peers and teachers
  • are respected for their different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams
  • are actively involved in their own learning
  • have positive expectations from others that they will succeed.

WA Department of Education - Protective Behaviours
Protective Behaviours is a living skills and personal safety program. The aim is to strengthen the resilience of children as they grow and develop. It focuses on giving students life skills to protect themselves from abusive situations and on teaching children to avoid a wide range of potentially unsafe situations.