Emotional resilience is a major defence against depression, and it is primarily a learned behaviour. 

Our level of emotional resilience determines how we react to negative issues in our life such as stress, trauma, disappointments, failures, and bullying. Highly resilient people are more likely to respond to negative events in their life in a healthy and sustainable manner. 
Unfortunately, people with lower levels of resilience often respond to negative events in their life by becoming at higher risk of developing depression or anxiety. 

Resilience is primarily a learned behaviour 

The great news is that emotional resilience is primarily a learned behaviour, so we can become more resilient and thereby reduce the chance of developing depression. Therefore we developed our Resilience Skills Training. 
We can also build emotional resilience in those around us including family, friends, and colleagues by learning to become more resilient ourselves. 
Highly resilient people use a set of learned behaviours to deal with the negatives in life, allowing them to bounce back where others become overwhelmed. 
Unfortunately, without meaning to, we can damage the resilience of those around us. Research found that in over fifty percent of occasions parents’ actions had a negative effect on the resilience of their children. 
Our resilience skills training explains how resilience works in real life. There are practical skills you can use in everyday life to maintain or build your resilience to protect your mental health and the mental health of those around you. 

Core Messages about emotional resilience skills training 

The number one predictor of your level of resilience is the resilience of your parents or early care giver. 
Some resilience is genetic, most is learned behaviour. 
Your resilience is affected by protective factors which strengthen it; and risk factors which reduce it. 
High resilient people use learned life skills to act in a more resilient way. 
By learning to become more resilient we protect ourselves and our families from common mental health issues including depression and anxiety. 
Direct Delivery 
We deliver our Emotional Resilience Skills Training directly to organisations across the UK including the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Police Federations, Parents Groups and Schools. Originally, we delivered face to face but now we have successfully adapted to delivering through zoom and Microsoft Teams. Delivering remotely has allowed us to offer a wider range of timeslots that suit participants including evening programmes. 
Train the Trainer 
We deliver our Train the Trainer Programme to Schools, Universities and Colleges across the UK, so that our training is sustainable. We have recently delivered our Emotional Resilience Skills Train the Trainer Programme for Swansea, Wrexham and Sussex University Students’ Unions using zoom. 

Emotional Resilience Skills Programme 

Our Emotional Resilience Skills Programme lasts for three hours and has the overall aim of building emotional resilience in participants, as a defence against common mental health issues such as clinical depression. The training programme is structured as follows: 
Section 1: 
Emotional resilience as a defence against depression 
Increased understanding of what emotional resilience is, and how it reduces the risk of developing common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. 
Development of emotional resilience and how we learn to be either high resilient or low resilient. 
Protective factors that build our resilience and protect our mental health. 
Risk factors that damage our resilience and put our mental health at risk. 
Clinical Depression. 
How people respond to negative events in their life. 
Section 2: 
Pessimism and its direct link to depression 
The three elements of Depression and their link to clinical depression: 
Reducing the impact of pessimistic thoughts. 
Section 3: 
Life skills of resilient people 
Active listening. 
Developing a strategy to improve your mental health. 
Managing your emotions. 
Building personal social capital. 
Accessing help. 
“I have nothing negative to say; this programme really helped me to learn more about myself, how my personal setbacks have been hindering me, and how I can become more pro-active and resilient and feel like a person as important as everyone else, and not as a ‘less-than’.” 
University Student 
"Before the programme I didn't have any knowledge of emotional resilience and now I know a lot more about it. Everything from understanding pessimism and how to spot signs of depression, it has really helped me understand a lot more." 
University Student 
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