Many of us are still feeling overwhelmed as we struggle to adjust to the pandemic. A growing body of research suggests that nurturing our ability to cope with challenges is an important factor for our well-being, both now and in the future. Against this background, TELL Japan is centering its second annual mental health summit around the theme of “building resilience.”

Vickie Skorji, TELL’s Lifeline Services Director, defines resilience as the ability to cope under pressure and recover from difficulties.

“We all get stressed, have setbacks, experience loss and emotional pain,” she says. “However, a resilient person is someone who recognizes when they are stressed or struggling; who reaches out for support when needed; who can gather or develop tools to help problem solve and work their way through these challenges.”