Around 80% of children at any one time are experiencing the normal ups and downs of life but do not need individualised advice or support around their mental health issues. They are considered to be in the Thriving group.

They may however benefit from prevention and promotion strategies to maintain wellbeing, and communities implementing the THRIVE Framework should consider how best to support such initiatives at a system level.

Within this grouping are children and young people who are particularly vulnerable due to a range of social factors such as poverty, poor education, abuse or neglect; environmental factors including injustice, discrimination, and social and gender inequalities; and individual factors such as experience of abuse, a learning disability, or physical health problems.

Particular care may need to be taken by the system to try to systematically address the issues that put these children at risk and to ensure these groups have access to prevention and promotion strategies that meet their needs.

Children, young people and their families are involved in a shared decision making process about the type of help and support they might choose to engage in.



Thriving i-THRIVE Implementation Stories

The following implementation stories focus on supporting Thriving in a local context.


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