Wellbeing / Mental Health / Resilience

 Your wellbeing is made up of two parts;

Physical Health - the wellbeing of your body and Mental Health - the wellbeing of your mind.

Your mental health is all about how you are feeling, thinking, acting and how well you can cope with day to day life. We all have mental health 

Both your physical health and your mental health change throughout your life.


  • You feel great!
  • You’re just about OK
  • You can be a bit down and you’re not OK
  • Sometimes your mental health can get to the point where it’s not OK at all and it’s important to get some extra support. 

MH ups and downs

But it’s not a straight line. Our wellbeing can change with ups and downs happening depending on what’s happening to us and around us. Sometimes it can feel a bit like being on a rollercoaster!


Lots of different things can affect our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The affect can be positive or negative.

Changes in our wellbeing can happen at different times in our lives and sometimes we can have a really bumpy rollercoaster ride in just one day!

 Things that affect wellbeing

What is Resilience?

Resilience is about 'bouncebackability' (which is what Headstart Youth called Resilience when the Headstart project first started). Resilience can help us cope when things get tough. Resilience helps us learn from set-backs and bounce forward.

tigger bounce image

Our mental health is affected by the world we live in and the challenges we might face in life, such as being treated unfairly, school pressure, or your family not having enough money to live. These can all have a big impact on our mental health.  Resilience means how we manage despite having tough times. There are things we can do ourselves straight away to improve our mental health. However, that we don’t think it is just down to us as individual young people to be resilient despite having tough times, but we also need to work towards everyone having fewer tough times, to improve all young people’s lives. 

 You can find out more about resilience, reslient moves and a brilliant wellbeing tool called the Resilience Framework here.

Start Now is about helping YP in Cornwall understand what mental health is and how you can look after it!

So you can:

  • Know how to look after your own wellbeing
  • Realise when you need help
  • Know where to get help
  • Be confident to ask for help
  • Help your friends
  • Make sure your voice and your views are heard

 This is a really good film about talking about your wellbeing