How can I protect myself from the impact of mental illness?

What is resilience and how can it be developed? A group of young people discuss how they’ve built up their own resilience and what’s worked for them, with the help of Dr Amber Fareeha Sadiq.


This film is part of a series of group discussions on parental mental illness. If you want to watch more from this collection, you can find them on the Resources section of our website.

Teachers/facilitators’ notes:

If you are using this film as part of a lesson or workshop, you might find the information below useful to support discussion.

Teaching points

This film explores the concept of resilience. Use the film to discuss the definition of resilience and to question the people in the film. How good are the words such as ‘defender’ or ‘shield’ as a simile? Ask the group if anyone can think of any better ones and why the simile of an ‘elastic band’ works.

Then discuss what helps build resilience. Each person in the group may have a different or personal approach to resilience, but there may be some similarities too.

Learning points

  • Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficult situations.
  • It can be described as being like an elastic band that stretches and bounces back into shape.
  • Resilience can be built through relationships, support, structure, teachers, parents, mentors, and creating space in your head.

Duration of film

5 minutes, 33 seconds

Notes for Alice:

Video link is here: https://youtu.be/a-AGaULmwU8

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