Resilience in children and young people; a short guide
Resilience is the ability to mentally or emotionally cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. Resilience refers to the ability to manage change, to maintain and restore mental health and wellbeing, particularly after an adverse event. With resilience people are better able to shift back along the mental health continuum towards good mental health. It’s not something that is static, but it is something that can change over time due to experiences and circumstance.
Resilience is different for different people. Specific situations or events that one person may find challenging, another may not. Furthermore, a child or young person’s ability to be resilient can depend upon many things, and their resilience may vary.
Resilience is particularly important for children and young people. The experience of moving from being a child to becoming an adult is something that occurs over a relatively short period of time. It involves a number of rapid changes in physical, psychological and social development, and these can present numerous challenges to children and young people. Children and young people who are more resilient are better able to stay on track with the biological, psychological and social demands of growing up and becoming an adult.
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: