Personal Development


Building Blocks of Resilience to Become the Powerhouse of Tomorrow 

Passed at National Conference 2020

The problem

The levels of mental health issues affecting the population of Northern Ireland is a worrying problem. Research shows that mental health is a concern for young people with a significant amount having had concerns or worries about illnesses including anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders.

Resilience to the problems of everyday life amongst students within the FE sector has often been mentioned as a factor in poor mental health. Individual resilience, built through self-discovery and personal development activity, can be so beneficial.

Colleges can play a leading role in embedding resilience skills to help deal with such issues. 

Our position

International mobility offers a pathway to finding new partners, techniques and methodologies to make progress in such areas. Links with European partners, keen to play a leading role in discovering new techniques, can be discovered.

Proposed tactics

The development of Self-discovery activity based workshops, building upon the theory that failure can be a positive experience, would be an ideal outcome. Other techniques and methodologies could also be found during research stage of potential projects.