2 Resiliencethe ability to personally or professionally succeed despite adversity; coping effectively with difficulties that might otherwise lead to anxiety, depression, withdrawal, physical symptoms, or poor achievementto rebound, or bounce back in the face of adversity; and to develop competence (social, academic, and vocational) despite exposure to severe stress or the challenges of everyday life
3 Resilience Social competence Problem solving skills Autonomy Sense of purpose; optimism
4 Mental WellnessThe World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
5 Mental Wellness Focus on strengths, assets, protective buffers Develop a supportive, caring, nurturing climate
10 Community School Family Peer Individual Opportunity to engage in pro-social activities, or that caring adults are present in their communityRewards - youth feel that their postive behaviors are recognized and acknowledged by their communitySchoolOpportunity to interact with teachers and participate in school-related activitiesRewards - youth feel acknowledged by their their teachers and their parents relative to school performance and participationFamilyOpportunity to participate in family decision making and do fun things with familyRewards - parents acknowledge and praise when they do wellAttachment - youth feel close to and can share openly with parentsPeerIndividualSocial Skills - skills in decision-making, conflict resolution, and making good choicesBelief in a Moral Order - youth perspective on whether it is ok to steal, cheat, or lie
11 The more assets the fewer risk behaviors Assets/StrengthsGood Grades Involved in extracurricular activitiesInvolved in decision-making Involved in community serviceLots of adults in my neighborhood to talk to Parents notice when doing a good job1111
12 The more assets the fewer risk behaviors Assets/StrengthsGood Grades Involved in extracurricular activitiesInvolved in decision-making Involved in community serviceLots of adults in my neighborhood to talk to Parents notice when doing a good job1212
13 The more assets the fewer risk behaviors Assets/StrengthsGood Grades Involved in extracurricular activitiesInvolved in decision-making Involved in community serviceLots of adults in my neighborhood to talk to Parents notice when doing a good job1313
14 Skills like decision making, conflict resolution, making good choices Protective FactorsGeneral PopulationUsed Drugs or AlcoholEver in a GangCommunity Rewardsfor Involvement51%46%37%Youth feel that their positive behaviors are recognized by the communityPeer and IndividualSocial Skills67%40%30%Skills like decision making, conflict resolution, making good choices
15 Reporting Symptoms of Depression Protective FactorsGeneral PopulationReporting Symptoms of DepressionUsed Drugs or Alcohol74%61%51%I can ask my momor dad for help
16 Other Experiences and Regular Attendance at Religious Activities
17 Fairfax Youth A Gauge of Mental Wellness Almost all Fairfax County youth report that there are lots of opportunities to get involved in positive activities in and outside of schoolNearly a quarter of Fairfax County youth are physically active for at least 60 minutes every dayThree out of four youth report they can go to their parents for help with a problemMore than two-thirds of Fairfax County youth have not used any drugs or alcohol in the past 30 daysTalking Points:Because of our commitment to our youth and to prevention, our youth are doing well overall.1717
18 A Gauge of Youth Mental Wellness Sadly slightly higher rates of depression in both pyramids
19 Teens in Fairfax County who experienced Depression in the past 12 monthsFemales35%Males26%
20 Adolescent Girls20% of girls reported that they had considered suicide5% of girls attempted suicide14% of females reported some unhealthy weight loss behavior in the past 30 days
21 Depression/Considered Suicide by Race/Ethnicity - Countywide Similar to national trends, races/ethnicities other than White are more likely to report feeling depressed and considering suicide
22 Actual Participation in Extracurricular Activities Once a Month or More
23 How can we create opportunities that tap into the resiliency in all of us?
25 Resiliency Traits in All of Us CooperationEmpathyProblem-SolvingSelf-EfficacySelf-AwarenessGoals, Dreams, HopesWe learn and develop through experience using these traits.
26 Resiliency: We are who we are BECAUSE of not in spite of
27 The Biggie: Locus of Control Do you control your destiny or are you controlled by it?Is it what you do or events that happen to you that alter your life path?Is it about being at the right place at the right time?NOTE: Internal LOC can be learned through experiences. Balance is key- You need the other traits to keep the balance
28 Resiliency Ponderings: How can we insert opportunities to use resiliency traits in all domains? CommunitySchoolFamilyIndividualPeer
29 When compared to youth who do NOT report depressive symptoms, youth who report depressive symptoms are:More likely to have used drugs and alcoholMore likely to have skipped schoolTwice as likely to report binge drinkingSeven times more likely to report considering suicideTwice as likely to have first had sex before the age of 12Twice as likely to have been in a fight
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