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One Good Adult

The concept of ‘One Good Adult’ is to emphasise the importance of a dependable adult who can support and protect the mental wellbeing of a child and/or a young person. The presence of One Good Adult has been found to be a key indicator of how well a young person copes with their struggles. Although it’s important for young people to have One Good Adult, it is equally important to be that One Good Adult.

One of the most interesting pieces of Irish research was the ‘My World Survey’ a national study of youth mental health in Ireland, which revealed a number of findings about the real mental health needs of young people. The report promotes the concept of the ‘One Good Adult’; this is seen as important to the mental wellbeing of young people. Over 70% of young people reported that they received very high or high support from a special adult. The study strongly confirms that the presence of ‘One Good Adult’ is important to the mental health of young people. It has a positive impact on their self-belief, confidence, coping skills and optimism about the future. This ‘One Good Adult’ can be a parent, grandparent, teacher, sports coach or someone who is available to them in times of need.

To find out more about the study please click here: https://researchrepository.ucd.ie/handle/10197/4286

The One Good Adult session from our Healthy Minds Resource can help raise awareness of the concept and what is means to be that one good adult.

The Resilience Toolkit contains a One Good Adult activity session for children and young people, to help them identify the qualities a one good adult should have and who theirs might be.

Last Updated: 15 February 2021