This section has questions and ideas that you can discuss with your mentee. The story is an example – feel free to change it for a more local one!

What is resilience?

Task: Tick below the phrases you believe define resilience

  • Never tries to do anything because it is too hard
  • Is happy to stand up in front of others and give a presentation
  • When they fall over, they get back up again
  • Gives up if they find something difficult
  • Responds to challenges and difficult situations by staying calm
  • Is determined to succeed, even if they think they might not

An example of resilience:

In 2016, Mo Farah attempted to win the 10,000 metres race at the Rio Olympics. He was near the back of the crowd of runners when he tripped and fell over on the 10th lap of the race. Rather than giving up, he got to his feet and ran. By the final lap, he had returned to the front of the runners. In the final section of the race, another runner overtook him. However, he didn’t panic. He regained the lead and won the race. He said afterwards about falling during the race: “I wasn’t going to let it go. I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought ‘get through, get through’. I believed in myself.”

Task: In what ways did Mo Farah show resilience? Make a list of ideas with your mentee.


Building your own resilience

Look at the strategies for building resilience below. Next to each one, write a sentence explaining how it might help you to build resilience.

  • Sleeping — for example: Being well rested can help you feel more able to deal with difficult situations.
  • Eating healthily —
  • Being physically active —
  • Setting goals —
  • Being yourself —
  • Expressing your emotions —
  • Connecting to others — 

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