In response to the current global pandemic, we have developed a new ‘Start Building Family Resilience’ program. This program creates a unique opportunity for a paradigm shift in resilience training and offers support at a population health level. It offers a preventative strategy to help people cope with the loss of loved ones and illness in the family and helps to ensure people acquire positive coping skills.

Please find more: Start Building Family Resilience Program

Friends Resilience

Welcome to our new hub. Our platform allows you to learn about Friends Resilience, share information and participate in our learning and community.

Lady Musgrave Trust Forum 2019

Dr Paula Barrett, author/creator of the FRIENDS programs, presented her keynote on the power of resilience as part of the Lady Musgrave Trust during August 2019.

Lady Musgrave keynote from Dr. Paula Barrett (2 minutes)

Why Us?

The Friends Resilience Skills have been used worldwide for more than 30 years!

The FRIENDS RESILIENCE SKILLS have been endorsed by the World Health Organisation as best practice for the prevention of anxiety and depression.

Our books and resources have developmentally appropriate techniques for different age groups, from young children to adults. The Friends Resilience Skills are updated regularly to integrate innovative, state of the art concepts and techniques, proved effective by published, peer reviewed research.

We are unique world wide, with our ongoing improvements, and our current, updated 8th edition of Friends' curricula.

The Programs are broken down into four age-appropriate modules

Fun Friends

Young Children

Fun FRIENDS guides the social and emotional development of children aged 4 to 7 using fun, play-based group activities. Fun FRIENDS nurtures the child’s development by teaching them to engage resilience skills early on. This, in turn, encourages a smooth transition into school life for the child.

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Friends For Life


Friends for Life builds resilience, social and emotional skills in children aged 8 to 11. The program is proven to reduce anxiety, as well as equip participants with the tools to rise to life’s challenges – confidence, ability to focus, capacity to relax and regulate emotions.

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My Friends Youth


My Friends Youth is an evidence-based program that has been proven to decrease anxiety and depression in adolescents aged 12 to 15. The program develops participants’ confidence by arming them with positive strategies to problem solve challenges in every area of their lives.

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Adult Resilience


Adult Resilience provides positive coping and resilience skills for those aged 16+. The Adult Resilience Program is taught to parents to increase their own resilience, as well as to ensure that the FRIENDS “language’ is spoken in the home’.

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The FRIENDS programs are designed to build life-long resilience in individuals, families and communities. Here is a video from those experiencing more engaged and flourishing lives as a result of undertaking the program.


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How can FRIENDS help you?

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One in five children and adolescents have an anxiety disorder. A child or adolescent experiencing an anxiety disorder may experience inhibited personal development, academic underachievement, social isolation or depression. The FRIENDS programs were developed to empower those undertaking the program with the skills necessary to not only manage and prevent anxiety, but become engaged and thriving individuals.

In addition to being endorsed by the World Health Organisation, the FRIENDS Programs are proven to be effective in promoting social and emotional skills cross-culturally. The skill sets acquired through FRIENDS programs are intended for long term use. With occasional refreshers these skills can be maintained for many years following the completion of the program.

Friends Resilience Mobile Games

We are excited to announce the FRIENDS Programs app. The game app is available to download for free on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad.

The FRIENDS game is based on the FRIENDS social coaching and development programs, written by Professor Paula Barrett. This game covers content suitable for children participating in Friends For Life and Fun Friends and is designed to reinforce the concepts learnt in the FRIENDS program through a fun, interactive electronic medium.

Download from App Store