Resilience: How to Thrive Through Adversity
By: Mollie Marti, PhD, JD
In collaboration with Rush University, the National Resilience Institute sat down with some presenters from our 4th annual Resilience Summit to discuss hot topics in human resilience.
With perspectives in youth resilience, veteran trauma recovery, and community resilience, we addressed the question: How can you thrive through adversity?
“People ask me when are they going to get over it. And I tell them they’re not going to get over it. They’re not going to forget it. These are life-changing events, and that’s exactly what it’s going to do. It’s going to change the life for the individuals who have been impacted, whether it’s directly or indirectly, from these events. So, people will be changed by these events, but they’re not necessarily damaged by them…although they will be different, they may actually be different in ways that are the best outcome you can get from a horrible experience, and that is under their control.” — Dr. David Schonfeld, Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Here are some shareable resilience tips from our dialogue:
Life changing events will forever change you and create a new normal, but they do not necessarily need to damage you.
Even when you cannot control adversity, you can control how you will adjust and cope with it.
Research shows that we can help others thrive by linking them to a trusted adult, communicating high expectations, building resilience skills, involving them in community, fostering a positive vision, and providing ongoing enrichment.
The key to supporting those with a lack of adaptability and connectedness resides in building a resilient community where every person can flourish.
All communities inherently have many assets to develop resilience. Start by identifying, celebrating, and scaling up the solutions that already exist!
“There are existing solutions within communities. There are many things that caregivers and community-based institutions and organizations have figured out. We need to shine a spotlight on that work. There are many viable solutions within communities already that need to be scaled up…wisdom and answers that are there.” — Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Director, Vital Village Network
Watch this brief video for guidance on responding — and even thriving — in the face of adversity.
Thank you to featured presenters, Dr. Patricia Normand and Dr. Brian Klassen, Road Home Program; Dr. David Schonfeld, National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement; Dr. Mollie Marti, National Resilience Institute; Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Vital Village Network; and Janet Hilary, UK National Leader of Education, for your participation. We are stronger together!