There is the unfortunate stigma of mental illness associated with behavioral health. But, by focusing on educational practice, an opportunity for awareness and learning can be created without the stigma. Learning about mental armor and practicing skills that manage stress permits us to better deal with the stressors that confront us. We become more resilient. More »


These resilience practices emerged from a program originating from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and the University of Arizona to address the reintegration of military veterans into an academic setting through resilience-based education. More »

Where do I begin?

Each of the following titled sections is intended to provide those materials necessary to make you successful with your exploration and learning. Unsure where to start? Try Positive Coping Skills.

Just Videos!

Selected videos are linked within each section on this page. But, if you want to see just the videos, then here is the link. More »

Family, resilience, and COVID-19

We are all dealing with a lot of change and uncertainty. How we cope with these stressful challenges is, in part, up to us. By practicing to be more resilient, we take greater control of our challenges and we make our families more resilient, too. So, let’s put on our mental armor. More »

Positive Coping Skills

We will define resilience as the development of skills needed to manage stress in an optimal way. Protective factors include development and sustainment of social support systems, spirituality as an access to a socially supportive community, and lifestyle practices of positive coping strategies, good self-esteem, self-efficacy and effective problem solving-skills. More »

Military Veteran

The military veterans program originated as a joint effort between the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and the University of Arizona to address the reintegration of military veterans into an academic setting through resilience-based education. More »


A substantial body of evidence-based research supports both resilience and effective learning. The resilience skills presented here are representative of this research as are the methods for learning these skills. We refer to these resilience skills as positive-coping skills because our intent is to take a personal challenge and create a more positive and less stressful outcome. More »

Nursing and Healthcare

Nursing education programs are integrating resilience into their curricula to better deal with issues such as academic success, patient care, stress, burnout, and suicide. More »

First Responder

EMS, police, and firefighters, are often the first responders to deal with incidents that pose significant threats to health and life. There are protective factors for these work-related exposures and stressors. More »


The Maker culture is a social movement with an artisan spirit that encourages learning-through-doing in a social setting. More »

Diagnostics and Evaluation

Effective learning presumes the learner and facilitator are aware of ongoing objectives and learning performance. How can the facilitator better assure that the instruction is effectively meeting the instructional goals and expectations of the learner? Let's look at some diagnostic tests and diagnostic tools that provide insight into the effectiveness of the learning. More »

The materials presented on and through this site are part of an educational process to help foster development of a resilient lifestyle and successful social support system. This educational process is not a replacement for skilled medical care. If you are experiencing mental trauma, seek qualified help to include 911 or your local emergency response agency.

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