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Resilience - a key to Happiness

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Dr Josh Cameron, School of Health Sciences,University of Brighton

Resilience is one of the 10 keys to happiness.
In tonight’s talk Josh invites you to: explore the relationship between resilience and happiness; to consider what the two ideas may mean to you personally; and what the fields of happiness and resilience research and practice may learn from each other.
Josh worked as an occupational therapist in adult mental health services before becoming a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of Brighton. He became interested in resilience while researching the return-to-work experiences of workers with mental health problems for his PhD.
This research found that resilience arose from a combination of internal and external factors and found that this understanding of resilience can help explain how people can be supported to return to work in a sustainable manner that respects their well-being. Consequently, he is now collaborating with the ‘Boing Boing’ network to learn more about resilience and am exploring the relevance of resilience to adults. As part of the Imagine researchproject he is collaborating with mental health service users and practitioners via the Sussex Recovery College to develop a building resilience programme. This is currently running in Crawley. It aims to increase participants’ resilience to respond on an individual and collective basis to the adversities they face. It also aims to help participants find ways to challenge these adversities in line with the emerging concept of emancipatory resilience.

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