In this short training video, you can learn more about resilience and get lots of practical ideas and inspiration about how you can strengthen your own ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances.

Building emotional resilience
Making small changes can make a big difference and can help you to effectively build emotional resilience.

Our ability to adapt well to the stress of life, as well as being able to bounce back from adversity, crises or trauma, is often referred to as emotional resilience.

The good news is that resilience isn’t fixed, or something we are born with (or not). We can all top up our resilience reserves by doing some really simple things, like a walk outside, or treating ourselves to something that makes us happy.

As Dr Radha says in the training video: “For many of us, this has been the most challenging year of our lives. Our ability to cope with the normal stress of life, as well as being able to bounce back from adversity, crises or trauma, whilst staying mentally well, is often referred to as emotional resilience.

“In just 20 minutes, I hope that you can find just one or two simple strategies and ideas that will work for you. We are living through huge uncertainty which is why it has never been more important for us to take care of our mental health to deal with and adapt to these challenges.”

 

Join Dr Radha for an online panel discussion
Join us for a special 60-minute discussion on Tuesday, 9 March at 2pm.

In a follow up to the training video, Dr Radha joins four of the participants, Andrea, Angelo, Carrie and Jess, to explore what we mean by building emotional resilience and the barriers and challenges people face in keeping theirs topped up.

Making small changes can make a big difference and can help you to effectively build emotional resilience. However, this isn’t always straight forward or as easy as it sounds.

By joining and watching the panel discussion you can learn more about resilience and get lots of practical ideas and inspiration about how you can strengthen your own ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances.

Register to be kept up to date and receive updates about the event, including the link to watch online.


Finding inspiration from others
But what works for one person, might not be for another, so try a few things to see what is best for you.

Our thanks to those who shared their stories in the video

The development of the training resource has been a collective effort.

A huge thanks to everyone who told us how they have been supporting their own wellbeing and building their resilience this last year. We hope this has given you some inspiration and brought Dr Radha’s strategies to life. But remember, what works for one person, might not be for another – so try a few things to see what is best for you.

We’d love to hear from you

Once you have found what works for you, then help others by sharing what that is.

You can do this via Thrive LDN’s social media channels: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or by using #ThriveLDN.

Clinical and technical support

Also, our thanks to Dr. Radha; colleagues from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and  South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM); London’s digital talking therapies team; and London’s digital wellbeing service, Good Thinking, who all helped with the development of this training video.

The training video was recorded and edited by Inside Job Productions, a film production company and social enterprise based in east London.

Other resources to help you
There are a number of other resources and services available to support your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.

Digital resources available now

Good Thinking is a digital mental wellbeing service that has over 100 free, NHS-approved resources designed to help those dealing with anxiety, low mood, poor sleep or stress. Take the clinically validated self-assessment to get a better understand of what you’re going through, helpful resources and if necessary, relevant treatment options.

To help build resilience and maintain good mental wellbeing, Every Mind Matters has a range of resources for everyone at Including an interactive quiz, the Your Mind Plan, to get top tips and advice relevant for you.

NHS psychological treatments

If you do not require urgent support but are still concerned about your mental health, contacting your GP is a good place to start.

You can also refer yourself for free, non-urgent NHS talking therapy services, also known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, which provide evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety. In London, services are ready and open to receive self-referrals for those needing professional support.

Helplines

Or you may feel more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know by using one of the following helplines:

• If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent assistance, advice or support, contact your local 24/7 NHS mental health helpline.

Shout is the UK ‘s first 24/7 text messaging service for anyone in crisis. Text Shout at any time to 85258 to start a conversation.

Samaritans’ free, 24-hour listening service on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.