Child Illness and Resilience Program (CHiRP)
The Child Illness and Resilience Program (CHiRP) is an evidence-based mental health promotion and illness prevention program for families and carers of children and young people living with an illness in Australia.
The Hunter Institute of Mental Health received funding from the Greater Charitable Foundation to develop, trial and evaluate a pilot of CHiRP within the Hunter New England Local Health District in Newcastle.
The pilot was undertaken from 2012 – 2014 in partnership with a range of local and national stakeholders including Kaleidoscope.
A range of resources were developed for the project. These resources are useful for families who have a child living with a chronic illness as well as any family who would like to build their resilience.
Family Resilience Factsheets
Resilient families are better able to face life's stresses; to bounce forward following difficult times and to adjust in healthy ways to life's challenges. For this reason, supporting the resilience of families during periods of stress can help to maintain and improve wellbeing.
This series of factsheets are designed to assist with building the resilience of your family.
What is Family Resilience?
CHiRP fact sheet: What is family resilience?
Resilient families are better able to face life’s stresses and to adjust in healthy ways to life’s challenges.
The Family Life Cycle
CHiRP fact sheet: The Family Life Cycle
Over the course of a family’s life, family’s will experience periods of change, periods of joy, periods of stress and worry, such as the arrival of their first child or following the diagnosis of an illness within the family.
CHiRP fact sheet: Resilient Families
Resilient families are better able to face life’s stresses; to bounce forward following difficult times; and to adjust in healthy ways to life’s challenges. For this reason, supporting the resilience of families during periods of stress can help to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of the family.
Calling on Support of Others During Times of Need
CHiRP fact sheet: Calling on Support of Others During Times of Need
A family who has a range of support systems to call on during difficult times has the support of others to call on when required.
Creating and Maintaining Family Routines
CHiRP fact sheet: Creating and Maintaining Family Routines
Routines create a sense of predictability and stability for family members during difficult times.
Engaging in self-care: Looking after yourself
CHiRP fact sheet: Engaging in Self-care Activities
It is important that we remember that the first step in looking after others – is looking after ourselves. We refer to this as self-care.
Shared Times: Shared Memories
CHiRP fact sheet: Shared Time, Shared Memories
Hints and yips for spending time together.
Maintaining a Positive Outlook
CHiRP fact sheet: Maintaining a positive Outlook
The way we think about a situation can affect how we feel and, consequently, how we react and behave in a situation.
Constructive Problem Solving
CHiRP fact sheet: Constructive Problem Solving
Families who work together are better prepared to tackle problems in a constructive way.
Positive Family Communication
CHiRP fact sheet: Positive Family Communication
The way we communicate within families can sometimes be helpful or unhelpful. This can sometimes contribute to the feelings of stress experienced by families.
Relationship Building and Maintenance
CHiRP fact sheet: Relationship Building and Maintenance
Just like a house, relationships require a strong foundation and consistent maintenance to remain intact.