Why ResilientHeart for Students
The dire need to help children and today’s youth get the skills to address, assess and overcome emotional hardships and challenges today is seen every day on the news. Our hearts continue to be ripped apart viewing another school shooting and the story of the “disturbed person” carrying out the horrific act or hearing of an aspiring, gifted college student taking his or her own life. The fact is, 75% of all lifetime causes of mental illness begin before 24 years of age and the situation in California is worse. We must come to their rescue!
ResilientHeart is acting now and needs your support to bring their solutions to at-risk youth! ResilientHeart brings an innovative Emotional Resilience curriculum and interactive workshops and events to the youth in Southern California’s Los Angeles area. The goal is to provide them with the skills to build a solid foundation for lifelong mental and emotional resilience, which will serve them every day to overcome challenges, depression, plus major hardships in their lives to thrive.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 children have or will have a serious mental illness over the course of their lifetime. In California, 1 in 13 children have an emotional disturbance that limits participation in daily activities according to the California Health Almanac. Additionally, children ages 12-17 years old experience a major depressive episode at a rate higher than the national average and the number of suicides in California has grown more than 50% over the last two decades (calmatters.org).
Today, ResilientHeart offers comprehensive and customizable programs to build emotional resilience in low-income youth. Emotional resilience helps prevent various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, according to the American Psychology Association. Backed by scientific and proven research, ResilientHeart’s curriculum (in teaching emotional resilience from a young age) offsets factors that increase the risk of mental health abnormalities, such as being bullied or previous emotional trauma.
ResilientHeart serves over 2,500 unduplicated youth per year (ages 6-24). Programs are designed to provide comprehensive support to youth facing an intersectional matrix of barriers that lead to mental health disorders such as poverty, young trauma, and serious emotional disturbances.
Emotional Resilience Education for Students
ResilientHeart hosts over 24 interactive and educational events annually that expose youth to strategies to cope with daily stressors and encourage emotional resilience. ResilientHeart’s program provides a comprehensive, science-based and approachable method to support youth throughout their elementary school, middle school, high school and college education by building skills that persist through serious emotional disturbances to maintain a healthy mindset.
ResilientHeart offers a continuum of services that go well beyond traditional mindfulness techniques. Programs include access to state-of-the-art technology such as monitors that facilitators may utilize to measure heart rate variability/frequencies (emotions and thoughts), electroencephalograms (EEG) to measure brain wave patterns and showcase the power of emotional resilience in an approachable and scientific way. Workshops also include practice in dissipating negative emotions such as anger or fear, listening and communicating with resilience, and physical movement techniques that help individuals shift their emotional states.
One of the workshops we offer is the Emotional Resilience Enrichment Program (EREP), an 18 session program. Sessions last one hour and include: 45 minutes of lectures, group activities, hands on practice and 15 minutes of group discussion and Q&A.
By offering youth access to emotional resilience education, innovative mindfulness practices, mental health resources, and guidance in education, ResilientHeart can prepare our community’s youth to succeed, all while coping with challenging and emotionally disturbing traumas.