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The goal of the Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is to promote well-being by increasing emotional resilience.
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions (now or in the past), this program might be right for you.
Our mission is to help young people (ages 14-30) develop better coping skills for managing stress. To do this, we focus on teaching techniques that increase well-being and the capacity to manage one’s emotional reactions. Often the people we work with are doing fairly well, at least in the eyes of the world they live and work in, but want to learn ways to experience greater satisfaction and enjoyment in their daily lives. Some have had trouble managing stress, either in the past or currently, or have one or more risk factors for developing psychological problems in the future—such as having a close relative with a psychiatric illness, or a history of traumatic experiences or other types of adversity during childhood.
Our philosophy is based on the idea that it is important to maintain and improve one’s mental health (just as it is important to maintain and improve one’s physical health by exercising and eating right), in order to prevent psychological problems from developing in the future. Research has shown that people are less susceptible to becoming depressed or developing related problems after learning ways to enhance different dimensions of well-being, including autonomy, personal growth, self-acceptance and satisfying relationships with other people. It is also clear that it is better to learn these techniques as early in life as possible. We are happy to discuss these findings and our approach in more detail with you; to find out more, or to schedule an initial meeting, call (617) 724-2931. Most health insurance plans are accepted.
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