Resilience is one of the last "R"s that people think of, especially in turbulent times. Resilience is defined as "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress". Resilience is what allows you to keep fighting, even when you're out of energy and feel like all hope is lost. In building resilience, you're resisting systems that seek to oppress and marginalize and destroy entire communities. Resilience is Resistance. Resilience is Revolution.

Other Definitions

  • Trauma -- an emotional response to a terrible event and/or series of terrible events like racial microaggressions or an instance of physical assault

  • Vicarious Trauma / Compassion Fatigue -- the transformation of a one’s inner self as a result of empathic engagement with a traumatized person and/or exposure to a traumatic event that one did not experience first-hand. This can bring about a negative impact to one's mental health (check out The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit: Glossary of Terms)

  • Collective Trauma -- trauma shared by a group/community/society due to some sort of shared traumatic event (ex: the Covid-19 pandemic)

  • Anxiety -- an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure

  • Anxiety Disorders -- an umbrella term for several mood disorders that involve prolonged states of anxiety that can interfere in performing daily activities .If you are experiencing any form of anxiety, seek psychological support here

  • Depression -- a mental health issue characterized by persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities

Translations and guides for these psychological terms and many more are available here.

Informational Videos

Below are multiple YouTube playlists, compilations of videos covering topics around trauma and resiliency -- explanations and coping tools. You can click on the video or the playlist widget in the top right corner (4 bars with a triangle at the bottom) to view the playlists.

Types of Trauma

  • Vicarious trauma

  • Intergenerational trauma

  • Trauma of racism

  • Trauma and Black women

  • Collective trauma

  • Freeze response to sexual trauma

  • Physical effects of trauma

Guide to Resilience

  • Rated R at The Diana Initiative

  • Resilience framework

  • Resilience and racism

  • Coping with vicarious trauma

  • Trauma-informed resilience

  • Secrets of resilient people

  • Coping strategies for sexual assault survivors

  • Resilience and Covid-19