How to build resilience in teenagers; a short guide


Resilience involves the ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, and to bounce back during or after hard times. While you may not be able to stop your children and teenagers from experiencing hardship, you can help them build their resilience levels so that they get back to feeling their best selves as soon as possible.

First and foremost to building resilience in your teenager is to ensure you have a strong, loving relationship with them that keeps you both well-connected, and that you show your teenager love and respect. This develops their own self-esteem and self-respect, meaning they will be more likely to care for themselves and for others. These personal values and attitudes are important building blocks for creating lasting resilience, as are empathy, respect for others, kindness, fairness, honesty and cooperation.

A teenager’s social skills are also important for building resilience. When they have good relationships with others, they are more likely to develop meaningful connections and a sense of belonging. Thus, there will be someone to turn to in troubling times.

You can also be a role model for your teenager by showing them your own resilience during tough times. As an example, when you may reach out to others for help and support, you can thank them for their support and talk through with your teenage how ‘Things will get better soon’ and ‘I can cope with this’.

The Wishing Well foundation


The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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