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Student resilience. Number of university dropouts due to mental health problems trebles | Society. The number of students to drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years, official figures show. Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) revealed that a record 1,180 students who experienced mental health problems left university early in 2014-15, the most recent year in which data was available. It represents a 210% increase from 380 in 2009-10. The figures have prompted charities, counsellors and health experts to urge higher education institutions to ensure the right support is in place. Norman Lamb, a former health minister, said there was “a crisis on campus with respect to students’ mental health. Counselling provision should be a priority so that all students can access effective support for problems like anxiety, but we know that these services are too often underfunded.”

Figures show that 87,914 students requested counselling in 2015-16, compared with 68,614 in 2013-14, a rise of 28%. Additional reporting by Alec Owens. Confidence – University of Stirling. Confidence is increasingly recognised as a key graduate attribute and can be crucial for success, but it is something that many people lack. This can have a significant impact on your self-belief, aspirations and approach to your time at university, and crucially to your employability. In an increasingly competitive and challenging climate, you need the confidence to be proactive, to network, to take the initiative and to present yourself and what you have to offer to employers.

But if you are not confident – how can you work on and develop this skill? How confident are you? You may have some idea of how confident you are already but if you are not sure, we have some simple questionnaires to help you assess your confidence levels What is confidence? Confidence can be difficult to define and it is often much easier to know if you lack confidence than if you have it. Direction and values: You know what you want, where you want to go and what’s really important to you.

14 Simple Ways to Stop Eating Lots of Sugar. Consuming too much added sugar is one of the worst things you can do to your body. It can have many negative effects on your health. It has been shown to contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and tooth decay (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). While sugar is naturally found in foods like fruits and vegetables, this type has little effect on your blood sugar, since fiber and other components slow its absorption.

Fruits and vegetables also contain lots of healthy vitamins and minerals. The danger is from added sugars in processed foods. The average American currently consumes around 17 teaspoons (68 grams) of added sugar per day (6). This is way more than the upper daily limit that experts recommend, which is 6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women and 9 teaspoons (37 grams) for men (7). This article lists 14 simple ways to stop eating so much sugar. 1. Some popular drinks contain a heap of added sugar. Your body does not recognize calories from drinks in the same way it does from food. 2. 3. 4. School & University - Tougher MindsTougher Minds. Our methods have been proven to dramatically improve all aspects of school work including learning, homework, concentration, behaviour, exam performance and extra curricular sport. Tougher Minds and Colfe’s was awarded the ISA Education Initiative of the Year 2014 for PBM programme. One of our current client schools, which is fee­paying, has reported that 50% of its new entrants were attracted because Tougher Minds training was available to pupils and parents.

Tougher Minds has worked with schools in the public and private sector. The training is suitable for all ages and year groups, including GCSE and A’ Level students. Click on this image to download our education brochure. A group of pupils we recently worked with showed an average improvement of three­quarters of a grade per subject, which equates to moving from A to A* . It was an improvement of almost 75 per cent above their mock exams and 50 per cent higher than those who did not complete our training programme.

Centre for Confidence and Well-being. Developing Resilience - Career Development from © iStockphotosubman Find the strength to keep going. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. – American inventor, Thomas Edison According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. And, since the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it's easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park. In spite of struggling with "failure" throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him.

It's hard to imagine what our world would be like if Edison had given up after his first few failures. In this article, we'll examine resilience: what it is, why we need it, and how to develop it; so that we have the strength and fortitude to overcome adversity, and to keep on moving forward towards our dreams and our goals. The Importance of Resilience Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don't go as planned.

Key Points. Building resilience. Handout Coping cards. Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset. There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience, grit, growth mindset, and related concepts -- including the social and emotional skills associated with these factors and their importance for student well-being and academic success. Edutopia has curated these lists of resources to help educators and parents follow these topics and create home and school environments that provide supports and opportunities to help young people thrive. Nurturing Resilience The ability to bounce back from adversity is associated with a variety of skills. Learn more about the resilience research and supports and strategies to develop resilience in young people. (10+ Resources) Fostering Grit Explore an array of resources about understanding and building student perseverance, and consider questions raised by the research on grit. (15+ Resources) Teaching Growth Mindset Learning From Failure Managing Stress Responding to Trauma and Tragedy.

» The surprising trait of a strong growth mindset. It’s a dreary, wet September day and I am about to deliver the most wonderful of training days. I am full of energy and about to start my presentation. Everything has been prepared. This has been months in the making. Verifying the schedule, double- and triple-checking the content, practicing my presentation. This is the moment. I step onto the stage. I have the remote to move the slides. Everything has frozen. My heart starts to race, I rush across to my laptop with the speed and verve of a possessed squirrel and frantically hack at the key board. Nothing is working. I look sheepishly towards the crowd and do the best I can do without the slides.

Most rooms I do presentations are the same…desks, chairs, windows (if you’re lucky), a screen and a projector. Now what if all of the above was to go wrong all at the same time? The answer: I had not practiced negative thinking. The better monologue should have been, “What if the computer decides not to work? I’m talking about ordinary stuff. Building Resilience. Douglas and Walter, two University of Pennsylvania MBA graduates, were laid off by their Wall Street companies 18 months ago. Both went into a tailspin: They were sad, listless, indecisive, and anxious about the future. For Douglas, the mood was transient. After two weeks he told himself, “It’s not you; it’s the economy going through a bad patch. I’m good at what I do, and there will be a market for my skills.” He updated his résumé and sent it to a dozen New York firms, all of which rejected him.

He then tried six companies in his Ohio hometown and eventually landed a position. Douglas and Walter (actually composites based on interviewees) stand at opposite ends of the continuum of reactions to failure. Thirty years of scientific research has put the answers to these questions within our reach. Optimism Is the Key Although I’m now called the father of positive psychology, I came to it the long, hard way, through many years of research on failure and helplessness. Online Courses 1. 2. Resilience: Optimism - Emotional Resilience. Harry Mills, Ph.D. & Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. Optimism is the name given to the personality trait exhibited by people who tend to expect that good things will happen in the future.

The opposite of optimism is pessimism, which is the belief that bad things will happen. A fair amount of scientific evidence now suggests that being optimistic contributes to good health, both mental and physical. Optimism helps to improve health in several ways. By reducing the sense of helplessness that tends to set in when people feel out of control, optimism helps to motivate people to take constructive action (primary control) they otherwise would not bother with.By making it possible to believe that bad situations can improve, optimism motivates people to change those bad situations (e.g., to stick to health regimens and to seek health advice, and also to address life problems early on before they spiral out of control). The Harvard Grant Study The results of this study were fascinating. But Not Foolishly So. Google Image Result for. View more. Models and activities for exploring resilience with students.

This post is the second of a two-part look at resilience. In part one I wrote about what resilience is, why it’s important and how it can be introduced to students. In this post I’m going to focus on three models and activities for exploring resilience with students, which can help us understand it in more depth and, more importantly for our students, help to build it. OWW brain WOW brain – Todd Herman A few years ago I watched a video featuring Todd Herman, an American Sports Performance Coach and Leadership Adviser, talking about people creating and maintaining positive change, as well as how we tend to respond to challenges and obstacles in our lives.

As I outlined in Part 1, resilience is all about dealing with the uncertainty and difficulties we all face from time to time, and a lot of what Todd talks about can help us understand our capacity to be resilient. Todd’s 5 tops for moving from an OWW brain to a WOW brain Four Components of Personal Resilience – Robertson Cooper Confidence. LOTR Scale. LOTR Scale. Optimism (LOT-R) University of Miami, Psychology. LOT-R (Life Orientation Test-Revised) The Life Orientation Test (LOT) was developed to assess individual differences in generalized optimism versus pessimism. This measure, and its successor the LOT-R, have been used in a good deal of research on the behavioral, affective, and health consequences of this personality variable. An updated review of that literature can be found in the following article: Carver, C. S., Scheier, M. Although the LOT was widely used, it had some problems. Scheier, M. We (and other people) have used the LOT-R in a good deal of research.

The LOT-R is a very brief measure that is easy to use. Here is the LOT-R as it is used in our own work: Please be as honest and accurate as you can throughout. A = I agree a lot B = I agree a little C = I neither agree nor disagree D = I DISagree a little E = I DISagree a lot 1. Note: Items 2, 5, 6, and 8 are fillers. Measures Available. Book: Learned Optimism. Resilience: Optimism - Emotional Resilience. How to look after your mental health | Mental Health Foundation. Order this publication See our other 'How to...' guides It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Below are 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. 1. Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

Tell me more... 2. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and feel better. Tell me more... 3. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. Tell me more... 4. We often drink alcohol to change our mood. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body.

Tell me more... 5. There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. Tell me more... 6. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Life: Choose Wisely. Teach Yourself Resilience | The Positive Element. Resilience In Hard Times. Four ways to build resilience at work | Guardian Careers. Resilience has become a career buzzword for good reason. The death of a job-for-life means more people will deal with workplace setbacks and challenges at some stage in their careers. But resilience isn’t just about coping with redundancy – it’s a vital tool for many aspects of our working lives; from tackling a competitive job market, to overcoming workplace politics, or knowing how to respond when promotions pass us by. While we know that career success can be largely defined by hard work and luck, the ability to work through adversity should never be underestimated.

It’s easy to dismiss resilience as something you’re either born with or without. But it can be built with a few simple techniques. Here’s how: Set yourself career goals Setting personal goals can help create a sense of achievement when you meet them. Understand what’s realistic Learn to give and receive support Look after your health Looking for a job?