The well-being and resilience of young people is a major issue across the world. Teenagers face more complex stresses than in the past, leading to greater levels of anxiety and depression. As parents and teachers know, a young person will not always confide in an adult when they have a problem. At APPA Scotland our goal is to use technology to help young people improve their own well-being and resilience.
What is well-being?
Well-being, when discussed outside of academic psychology, is generally considered to be how people are feeling about life. This can be explained as hedonic, that is the mental state the person is feeling when asked: “how are you doing”. However, many in Psychology argue that well-being is also derived from having a purpose in life. BeingMe assesses a wide range of well-being indicators, importantly it also aims to understand what support systems are available to pupils.
Why do we ask that?
Assessing only well-being, while crucial to understanding the individual, does not allow schools to assess early warning signs in pupils who may eventually struggle. Resilience, the ability to cope and access resources to thrive, is explained further here.
The BeingMe well-being assessment measures include:
- Physical and mental well-being
- Support networks in the community and home
- Aspirations and feelings about school
What is Resilience?
The term resilience generally refers to a person’s ability to overcome adversity. There is some debate within Psychology as to whether this is something innate to the individual, and if it is to what extent. However, what is a given is that with appropriate opportunities, and support networks, adolescents see improvement in well-being and resilience.
These experiences can come from many sources, such as families, schools, health services and communities. This understanding of resilience shifts our focus when encouraging positive development through adversity. Individuals who are best able to interact with the resources available to them show the most resilience during adversity. The BeingMe assessment gives schools and professionals an easy to read report, which is comprehensive and reliable. This report includes a wide range of emotional well-being indicators and measures of support networks, all of which indicate a pupils resilience.