Mental Resilience

Mental resilience means the ability of an individual to respond to stress and adversity in a healthy way.

What is Mental Resilience?

The way different individuals deal with the stresses of life is largely dictated by their level of mental resilience.

Mental resilience means the ability of an individual to respond to stress and adversity in a healthy way. It is not necessarily a personality or genetic trait that you are born with or without, but rather a set of skills and coping mechanisms that can be learned. Mentally resilient people aren’t immune to stress – but they have learned and practiced coping techniques that help balance negative emotions with positive ones.

Having mental resilience allows you to deal with life’s challenges, reach your potential and form positive relationships. It also helps you feel better in your own skin, have the confidence and self-esteem to connect with others and appreciate your experiences and enjoy the environment in which you live. In a nutshell, developing mental resilience can help you handle the ups and downs that life throws at you.

How can you develop mental resilience?

Like any new skill, developing mental resilience takes practice.

PERMENTIS Mental Wellbeing Model

Developed by our team of registered psychologists, the PERMENTIS approach to mental resilience is based on a biopsychosocial model of health.

This approach states that biological (physical structure and function of the human body), psychological (thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), and social (socio-economical, socio-environmental, and cultural) factors, all play a significant role in human health. The PERMENTIS model is a holistic and practical approach to encourage greater wellbeing in individuals, and underlies much of our work with FIFO Workers.

Nine building blocks of mental wellbeing

The PERMENTIS Wellbeing Model outlines nine building blocks of mental resilience related to biological psychological and social factors. When regularly practiced by individuals, improvement in mental resilience, wellbeing and relationships for FIFO workers and other individuals, occurs.

The nine building blocks are:

P = Perspective and Positivity
E = Eating right
R = Rest and Relaxation
M = Mindfulness and presence
E =  Exercise
N =  Need and meaning (having goals and/or purpose)
T =  Talk to connect
I =    Improve and grow
S =  Serve others


Find out about FIFO Focus’ programs to help individuals living the FIFO lifestyle to develop mental resilience, and to help employers support their people in maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.