The Pathways to Resilience Trust is a charitable organisation established in August 2007 with the specific aim of promoting resilience in children, adolescents and families and to assist in the prevention of anxiety, depression and youth suicide. This is facilitated through the implementation of world renowned resilience programs in Australian schools and communities of low socio-economic status; culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: indigenous heritage; and from regional and remote areas; including those affected by drought or natural disasters.
Anxiety is the most common form of mental health problem, affecting up to 20% of children and teenagers. Anxiety is distressing and debilitating, and without intervention, childhood anxiety may lead to significant problems in adolescence and adulthood. These include depression, substance abuse, and suicide, which is a leading cause of death in young Australians.
Anxiety prevents a child from reaching their full potential, having serious consequences for social and academic development. Despite these statistics, only a small fraction of children with difficulties receive or are able to access assistance.
Data shows that children who are systematically taught social and emotional skills like how to manage their distressing emotions better, empathise and collaborate do better: have fewer problems such as substance abuse and violence, like school more and pay more attention in class – and score significantly better (11% on average) on academic achievement test scores. – (Goleman, 2008, p.1)
Our “happy bee” logo and our “be all you can be” motto, represent one of our major aims: to help all children, to reach their full potential, regardless of their background or circumstances. The bright and happy bee reflects our positive approach to promoting mental health, wellbeing, and resilience in children, adolescents and their families.