10-16 year olds

The reality is, we are all different. We can be affected by the different things we experience in life, and how we feel at the time we experience them.

The good news is, there are things you and your mates can do to help cope better with the tough times. We can’t always stop the bad things happening in life, but we can change things to make us be more resilient.

What is resilience?

Resilience has many different meanings, but to us it is about supporting people to beat the odds, whilst changing the odds. Beating the odds means we believe, with a little help, anybody can bounce forward through tough times.

Changing the odds is about making Blackpool a more resilient town to grow up in. 

The everyday things you can do to build your resilience, is what we call 'making resilient moves'. These can be really easy, having a laugh with your mates, getting enough sleep and thinking about life positively all class as resilient moves.

If you would like to know more about resilience or how to make more resilient moves then check out this fun and interactive resilience framework.

Remember, in the meantime if you need some help then please contact  Childline… our other young people have already checked it out and they think that childline is not only really helpful but can be quite fun. 


Young People's Executive Group (YPEG) is a working group that meet every fortnight to discuss all things HeadStart. Things like how to help improve resilience and mental health within young people across Blackpool. YPEG work with teachers, parents, professionals and organisations to learn skills, build confidence, improve their own lives as well as the lives of other young people. We call this co-production; young people working together with HeadStart to make a difference. 

If you want to get involved and have your say on these kinds of issues, make friends or build confidence then please get in touch in Nathan Parker: