This resource explains the difference between counseling and counseling skills, and reviews how mental health issues affect children’s behavior, self-esteem, motivation, and achievement.

Risk and Resilience

Risk and resilience

This chapter looks at:

Risk factors, those situations and events in a young person's life that increase their chances of developing a mental health problem. Resilience or protective factors are those that help a young person cope and survive in adversity.

As teachers and professionals working in schools, we sometimes find ourselves making comparisons among young people and their ability to cope with difficult situations in their lives. We may ask, how is it that two young people, both faced with similar problems in their lives, appear to cope so differently? One pupil seems to ‘bounce back’, whilst another seems to spiral into depression or anxiety, or appears out of control.

‘Resilience’ is an important consideration for those concerned with the mental health ...

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