Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

What Is Resiliency? How Can I Model It for My Child?

Dawn Neylon
Power of Choice 6-8th Grade Coordinator
360 Youth Services
1305 W. Oswego Road
Naperville, IL 60540
630.961.2992 ext. 232

What Is Resiliency? How Can I Model It for My Child?

The American Psychological Association defines resilience as “the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress”.

Being resilient doesn’t mean our children won’t face adversity or stress, but resiliency skills will help them process these challenges and grow stronger.
Resilient individuals are also less likely to abuse alcohol or drugs and more likely to experience success in all aspects of life.

Five factors that influence resilience:

1. Sense of humor- being able to laugh in the face of difficulty lowers stress levels and allows a child to overcome the situation more quickly.
2. Problem solving skills – looking at a difficult situation as a problem that can be solved allows a child to feel empowered.
3. Sense of future- when a child can imagine life beyond current circumstances and see himself in that future situation, it makes those circumstances less daunting.
4. Social competence- children who feel comfortable navigating social situations are less likely to find themselves in confrontational situations.
5. Mentors- positive adult role models present in a child’s life help to model appropriate responses to situations. These don’t have to be long-term contacts; they can be people who are influential for days, weeks, months or years—all positive adult contacts have benefit.

We can all cultivate resilience, both in ourselves and in our children. As parents we model healthy coping and resiliency on a daily basis.