Human Resilience is the capacity to prepare for, adapt to, and grow through trauma, disruption, or loss.
Also referred to as psychosocial resilience, human resilience is an often overlooked yet foundational piece of sustainability and wellness. While many policies and initiatives address the essential need to respond to disruptions, reduce harmful behaviors, and adapt physical resources, a critical adjacent step is to address the urgent need to build personal and psychosocial resilience within current and pending demands. For example, even with effective climate mitigation efforts, millions of people will still experience the effects of related trauma such as loss of property, water and food shortages, personal injury, the impairment or loss of loved ones, and illness. These impacts will result in rising anxiety, depression, hopelessness, family dysfunction, work difficulties, violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even loss of life.

Without widespread efforts to build human resilience capacity and skills across geographical, political, social, and sector boundaries, negative reactions to current impacts will threaten the safety, health, and well-being of families, communities, and entire societies. Housed in research, our frameworks create a normative belief that it is possible to use difficulties as opportunities to learn, grow, and even thrive.
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