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Youth Resilience Survey

The 2021 Youth Resilience Survey results are in, with survey results giving us invaluable insights to the challenges and resilience young people in Bayside have identified. In addition, results highlight recurring themes across strengths and challenges.

Despite the challenges presented to young people during intermittent periods of COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the year, the survey results demonstrate the continued trends of our young people believing in the importance of helping others, feeling safe in the area they live and engaging in extra-curricular activities. Areas of concern that continue to challenge our young people, include applying communication skills when faced with problems or concerns and addressing their self-critical views.

The Youth Resilience Survey is an online survey providing a confidential environment for young people to tell us how they are feeling.

The data provides opportunity for planning programs and events to improve the resilience of young people and enhance connections with their school and our community.

In 2021 we have partnered with Resilient Youth Australia and 19 local schools, surveying over 5232 students in Years 3 to 12 to deliver the following results.

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to draw upon the strengths within yourself and from around you to flexibly respond to life while remaining true to yourself and creating positive relationships with others.

Primary School Grade 3 to 6 Summary

Key strengths identified

•	97% think it is important to help other people •	92% feel safe in the area where they live •	92% are eating well to stay well •	92% are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity
  • 97% think it is important to help other people
  • 92% feel safe in the area where they live
  • 92% are eating well to stay well
  • 92% are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity

Key challenges identified

•	58% wish problems would go away or be over with •	46% can’t talk about things if they upset them •	32% are having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much •	24% criticise themselves for what is happening
  • 58% wish problems would go away or be over with
  • 46% can’t talk about things if they upset them
  • 32% are having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • 24% criticise themselves for what is happening

Secondary Year 7 to Year 12 Summary

Key strengths identified

•	96% think it is important to help other people •	92% feel safe in the area where they live •	85% are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity •	79% eat well to stay well
  • 96% think it is important to help other people
  • 92% feel safe in the area where they live
  • 85% are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity
  • 79% eat well to stay well

Key challenges identified

•	41% are not getting at least 8 hours of sleep most nights •	45% criticise themselves for what is happening •	42% are feeling nervous, anxious or on edge •	38% are spending more time alone
  • 41% are not getting at least 8 hours of sleep most nights
  • 45% criticise themselves for what is happening
  • 42% are feeling nervous, anxious or on edge
  • 38% are spending more time alone

Tips on how to build resilience

  • Promote positive respectful relationships.
  • Encourage participation in leisure and recreational activities that promote a healthy mind and body.
  • Encourage young people to talk to a trusted adult.
  • Provide information on stress and anxiety management techniques.
  • Increase praise and feedback to reinforce positive identity and honesty.
  • Foster strong relationships with parents and families.

Get involved

To find out more about the survey, or if your school would like to get involved, contact Youth Services on (03) 9599 4622 or youth_services@bayside.vic.gov.au.

 

Resilience Snapshot - Years 3-4
Resilience Snapshot - Years 5-6
Resilience Snapshot - Years 7-9
Resilience Snapshot - Years 10-12