Welcome to The Resilience Project

We deliver emotionally engaging programs and provide evidence-based, practical wellbeing strategies to build resilience.

We are grateful to work with hundreds of schools, workplaces and communities to support mental health and wellbeing. Through presentations and school curriculum, The Resilience Project App, and Wellbeing Journals; we share the benefits of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, and easy ways to practise these in everyday life.

Our approach to mental health is to tell emotionally engaging stories. We use humour and vulnerability to connect with our audience. All our practical strategies are evidence based, and our schools program has been evaluated by the University of Melbourne.

You can learn About Us here.

Practical tips and engaging stories live here.

From first-hand experiences using gratitude, empathy and mindfulness with our Everyday GEMs, to getting some simple guidance on how we can improve our wellbeing, head to our blog for inspiration to feel happier and build resilience.

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Our Presenters:
Hugh van Cuylenburg and Martin Heppell

Hugh and Martin are lively, positive and deeply passionate presenters. They connect with audiences by sharing personal, often humorous and highly relatable stories that position mental health as an important part of life. They bring their own journeys with teaching, parenting and travel adventures to their presentations, and encourage audiences to bring Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness into their everyday lives.
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We hope these slides can act as an ongoing resource in your schools, families and workplaces to promote positive mental health.

Why The Resilience Project Exists

Our mission is to teach positive mental health strategies to help people become happier and more resilient.

We share emotionally engaging stories that help to make the topic of mental health more accessible. The research is clear; the more positive emotion you experience, the more resilient you will be. For that reason we focus on three key pillars that have been proven to cultivate positive emotion; Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM). Our programs also have a strong focus on Connection, Purpose, Kindness, Emotional Literacy and Physical Health.


What is gratitude? It’s about paying attention to the things and moments we have right now, and not worrying about what we don’t have. We practise gratitude by noticing the positives that exist around us, and by being thankful for things, places and people in our lives.


What does empathy mean? Empathy and kindness are closely linked. So are empathy and compassion. To be empathetic is to put ourselves in the shoes of others to feel and see what they are. We practice this by being kind towards other people.


How to practise mindfulness? Mindfulness activities help us to be present in the moment and often create a feeling of calm. We practice this through slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time. This includes meditation, colouring in and flow states.