The Resilience Project – Parent and Carer Hub

The Resilience Project – Parent and Carer Hub

To maximise the impact, we as a school can have on a student’s wellbeing, it is critical that parents are involved. This can come in the form of adopting a similar language, strategies and understanding of resilience and mental health. The partnership Whitefriars has with The Resilience Project not only provides us with the tools to develop the wellbeing of our boys. It also provides great resources for parents.

In last week’s In Fide, I presented Hugh Van Cuylenburg’s story which inspired the development of The Resilience Project. He spoke about his sister who suffered from an Anorexia Nervosa, his understanding of happiness and the extraordinary impact of his time living and working in India. Also contained in last week’s issue was a series of videos with a snapshot of the key pillars to the project – Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. He has great advice for parents on how to play a role in developing the resilience and mental health of their sons.

This week’s presentation from The Resilience Project focuses on Gratitude.

Gratitude is paying attention to the things that we have right now, and not worrying about what we don’t have. We practise this by noticing the positives that exist around us.

Research shows that practicing gratitude rewires our brains to overcome the negativity bias (which can lead to anxiety and depression) and see the world for what we are thankful for. It is also shown to broaden thinking and increase physical health through improved sleep and attitude to exercise.

View Part 2 of the series here – Gratitude

There are many ways in which you can practise gratitude, including starting a Wellbeing Journal. In the image below are a few ideas to get started.

Source : Psychology Today

For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page.

As we journey together in support of the resilience and positive mental health of our young men, we will continue working in partnership with parents. It is in working together where we can have the greatest impact on the young gentle men of Whitefriars.


Mr Mick Lafferty

Deputy Principal – Students