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Youth Resilience Survey

The 2020 Youth Resilience Survey results have been released, providing a valuable insight into the key strengths of Bayside's young people and resilience challenges facing them.

This year's results, whilst undertaken during COVID-19 restrictions, show an encouraging and ongoing interest from our young people in helping others and staying healthy. An area of attention that remains is the application of communication skills by young people about their concerns and seeking help.

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.

We have partnered with Resilient Youth Australia and 12 local schools, surveying over 3210 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
  • 95% are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity
  • 94% keep physically fit
  • 94% feel safe in the area where they live

Key challenges identified


 

  • 41% can’t talk about things if they upset them
  • 68% wish problems would go away or be over with

Secondary Year 7 to Year 12 Summary

Key strengths identified



 

  • 97% think it is important to help other people
  • 86% are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity
  • 83% eat well to stay well
  • 95% feel safe in the area where they live

Key challenges identified


 

  • 49% can’t talk about things if they upset them
  • 40% criticise themselves for what is happening
  • 39% have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • 40% spend 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 youthservices [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Youth%20Resilience%20Survey) .