In times of need, I seek guidance along the pathways to resilience.
How will I be?
My name is Alex Mortimer. I was born in Buderim hospital and I'm 4 years old and a bit. My brother Harrison is stronger than me, but he said I can punch really hard.
When my daddy comes home we wrestle and it's fun but sometimes it hurts and it makes me cry. My mummy says stop playing silly games then. I miss my daddy when he works away."
It's important to keep an eye out for signs of distress that may include:
- A noticeable increase in crying or tantrums
- A rollercoaster of emotions such as being sad, clingy, angry or withdrawn
- Physical conditions such as stomach-aches and headaches
- Frequent dependence on habits such as thumb-sucking or chewing hair
- A change in sleep patterns, bedtime fears or nightmares
- A change in eating habits or bowel movements
Some of these signs may be related to growth and development however, if there is any concern that any of the above symptoms are escalating, please seek advice from a professional. Pathways to Resilience provide programs and training for parents and educators that reduce anxiety and distress.
"I'm Kassandra and we live on a farm. I love chasing bubbles and playing with my friends at kindy. I have a dog called Jessie and she tries to talk to me and it sounds funny. Ms Jane at kindy said we can have a pet day and I will put a bow on Jessie's head."
Signs of resilience:
- Having a strong sense of identity
- Feeling a connection of belonging and acceptance
- Having the ability to calm down in stressful situations
- Being brave and having a go
- Displaying empathy and optimism
- Possessing and using problem solving skills
Our new Wings to Fly
program is a strengths-based approach to social and emotional wellbeing for children from birth to five years. As a program delivered in-person or online, Wings is designed to support educators to optimise their practice in order to enhance overall outcomes for children.
"Mum and dad never listen to my side of the story. Nobody believes me. I thought moving to a new place would be a good change but I was wrong, it sucks. My room is smaller and now I have to share a bathroom with my sister. I don't see my friends anymore and the people around here aren't worth knowing. Sometimes when I'm alone, crying doesn't seem to be enough."
Signs of anxiety and depression can include;
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling frustrated, indecisive or irritable
- Feeling sad, disappointed, guilty or unhappy
- Thinking 'nothing good happens to me, I'm worthless, it's my fault'
- Thinking 'people are better off without me, I'm a failure, life's not worth living'
- Withdrawing from friends and family and not going out anymore
- Not completing assignments at school or unable to concentrate
- Relying on alcohol and sedatives
- Physically sick, tired and rundown
- Loss of appetite or significant weight loss or gain
If you notice any escalating symptoms in yourself or others, please go to our contact page for details of who you can contact. We run social and emotional wellbeing programs that can be delivered in class at most schools or online.
"Me and my mates get together on Thursday evenings to play indoor cricket. Our team is actually doing pretty well seeing none of us have played much before. I've always enjoyed watching the one-dayers especially when Michael Clarke was captain, I think he's a great role model."
Signs of coping can include;
- Having a sense of purpose
- Showing realistic optimism
- Displaying signs of empathy and forgiveness
- Trying new things and being creative
- Playing sport or being part of a team
- Having a mentor or role-model
Pathways to Resilience provide social and emotional programs for upper primary students (ages 9 to 11) to help develop coping skills prior to their step into the teenage years. Please see our Programs page for more details.
"I couldn't believe the hospital sent us home after just two days. Jackson is our first child and we've really got no idea what we're doing. I don't think Darren is coping very well - he's been coming home from work pretty grumpy and he says it's because he's not getting proper sleep, but what about me? I'm up every three hours!"
It's estimated that over 40 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime with anxiety disorders being the most common, followed by depression. You can learn to control anxiety and depression through lifestyle changes, exercise and self-help strategies (for mild conditions) however you may need support through psychological or medical treatment (for moderate to server conditions).
Please see our Programs page to see how Pathways to Resilience can help.
"What a special time in our lives. We're so grateful Noah is finally here. My mum and dad are over the moon and have been visiting every day trying to pinch as many cuddles as they can. Our midwife suggested playing some soft, rhythmic music during pregnancy and the birth and I think it has really made a difference to help Noah settle now when he's upset."
Life for any family includes ups and downs, challenges and unexpected twists and turns in the road. There are certain skills and strategies that have been identified as important for the development of resilience. In our program 'Building Resilience in Families' we'll show you how to draw upon these skills and build successful strategies to bounce back after challenging times.
"I became a teacher because I thought I could make a difference in children's lives and I have always been pretty good with kids. But what I have come to realise is that it's all politics and paperwork. I spend the whole time in class telling children to behave. I think I've lost my passion and it feels like I'm just turning up to a job every day."
Sadly we hear the same story from too many educators. Thankfully, there are things we can do to turn it around. Our programs offer a unique balance of neuroscience and mindfulness allowing educators to develop skills that provide the foundations for resilience and wellbeing.
"My class this year came from a teacher that new her stuff. I noticed in the children's transition statements she provided there was a strong focus on developing social and emotional skills as part of her everyday practice. This has made all the difference in the world. The children seem to be connected, settled and eager to learn. Where do I get the SEL program to keep this going?"
It's our belief (which is actually backed up by research) that social and emotional learning skills can be developed right from birth. Our Wings to Fly
program is for early years educators from birth to five years and has proven to have had positive outcomes not just for children but even more so for the educator themselves.