In defining mental health there is an emphasis on resilience. Resilience refers to the ability to adapt to stress and adversity. In recent years, due to its potential influence on health, wellbeing and quality of life, resilience has become a major focus of interest for researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in the area of mental health and wellbeing*.
enliven acknowledges the potential of working collectively with members, stakeholders and the community to build the resilience of young people as a pathway to promoting mental health and preventing mental illness. Examples of this include enliven’s involvement in the BounceBack initiative and Suicide Prevention program.
*VicHealth 2015, Interventions to build resilience among young people: a literature review, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne.