April 2015 Newsletter
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May 3-6 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week! 2015: Mental Health is FUNdamental
A note from the Executive Director
Our goal is for all regions of Vermont is to promote FUN child and family activities during this week. Positive interactions with a loving, trusted caregiver is one of the key elements to build resiliency, the ability to bounce back, in our children. We will be posting these activities happening around the state over the next few weeks, in our newsletter and on our website.
I recently posted an article about building resiliency on my Facebook page. (The Science of Resilience – Why Some Children Can Thrive Despite Adversity, by Bari Walsh. I want to share one of the comments I received in response to the post. This grandparent’s story shows some practical ways that she is helping her grandson to be resilient.
“Thank you for that article. It spoke to me in two ways. Growing up without a mom was hard, but I see that having loving supportive caregivers made me resilient. And now I can help provide that support to my little grandson who lives at best, in an un-stimulating environment with his parents, and also too often in a hostile, angry, and sometimes violent environment with his extended family. I am off today and would love to putter around the house but I will go get him and take him to run errands and to the pet store today. Your article makes me (and my husband) more determined to be that caregiver that makes the difference in his life. Thank you.”
The article by Bari Walsh spoke of these four key elements to building resiliency in our children:
1. The availability of at least one stable, caring, and supportive relationship between a child and an adult caregiver.
2. A sense of mastery over life circumstances.
3. Strong executive function and self-regulation skills.
4. The supportive context of affirming faith or cultural traditions.
Helping our children to bounce back when life gets hard is absolutely possible. Let’s commit to helping a child or young person in our lives to be more resilient!