Young People

We are passionate about supporting children and young people. 

How to Thrive provides leading-edge expertise in the skills that allow children and young people to thrive and flourish.  Evidence suggests that the skills that allow us all to make the most of what life has to offer should, and can, be taught.  We believe that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding that increase wellbeing and lead to mental and emotional fitness. Once taught the skills need to be practised and supported by parents, schools, services, and other adults. Our strong belief and our experience suggests that when children and young people understand to expect difficulties in their lives, and have developed the self-efficacy and know how to respond and cope well with setbacks, they are able to thrive. This is not only good for that young person, but their families, friends, schools, communities and future work places.

Context and Overview For The Need To Develop Emotional Resilience

The annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012, Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays reports that investing in the health and the wellbeing of young people is crucial for economic and social prosperity;

‘..reducing disease is fundamental but so too is ensuring that our young people are capable of meeting the changing requirements of life. We need to ensure that they are resilient and primed to succeed.’

‘…75% of adult mental health problems begin before the age of 18.’

The Children’s Society ‘Make childhood better’ suggests that prevention activity would probably pay for itself. A child with a conduct disorder costs the taxpayer £70,000 in crime, social care and remedial costs by the time they are twenty eight compared to £7,000 for a child with no such problems.’ (The Children’s Society 2007)

Wordle Source 2012's Good Childhood Report from The Children's Society

This Wordle was created from The Children’s Society ‘Make childhood better’ 2007 report.

At How to Thrive we know that empowering young people with the skills, that can be taught, to realise their potential is a necessity. The skills of emotional resilience, when learnt and practiced, will allow young people to be prepared to fail, manage setbacks effectively and thrive and flourish now and in the future.

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