About Us

Our Mission

Teaching positive mental health strategies

Why?

1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness

1 in 7 primary schools kids have a mental illness

1 in 5 adults have a mental illness

65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness

How?

We deliver emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and business’s and provide them with evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience.

Our Team

Hugh van Cuylenburg Founding Director/ Presenter

Hugh has been working in education for over 13 years. Starting out as a primary school teacher, he then moved into a position working in a secondary setting with disengaged adolescents. The highlight of his teaching career was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form.

Inspired by this experience Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his own programs for schools. ‘The Resilience Project’ was born. Having completed his post grad. studies into mental health and resilience, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 300 schools Australia wide. In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a program for every club in the competition. Off the back of the success of the NRL program, Cricket Australia were quick to follow for all their professional sides. Hugh has also worked closely with the Australian Netball team and 11 of the AFL sides.

Hugh is now working closely with corporate and non for profit organisations to help promote positive mental health strategies in the work place.

Martin Heppell Education Manager/ Presenter

Martin’s background is unique. He spent a considerable amount of time growing up in Borneo (whilst his father studied an Iban Dayak headhunting tribe). He was also educated in different parts of South East Asia.  He is heavily influenced by the morals and values that he and his family were surrounded by whilst living with the Iban. After finishing high school in Melbourne, Martin spent 3 years in the AFL system, playing AFL football for St Kilda and Melbourne and then for Norwood in the SANFL. Subsequent years were then spent travelling the world backpacking for nearly 3 years, and upon return to Australia, Martin studied primary teaching. After completing his degree at Melbourne University, he commenced teaching at Auburn Primary. After 4 years, he was appointed as the Assistant Principal at Auburn Primary where he held that role for another 4 years – focusing on student well-being, educational leadership and cultural change. He has also coached AFL football at the Box Hill Hawks, and as First XVIII coach at both Carey Grammar and Xavier College. In all environments, he has thrived in situations that have presented challenges and have required optimism. He is passionate about children being given the opportunity to be raised in a positive manner that evokes confidence and a zest for life.

Ebony Neil Facilitator (Schools Program)

Ebony has a diverse background in education, ranging from classroom teacher to school principal positions in a variety of settings including mainstream, alternative and international schools across the globe.

She is an avid traveler with an adventurous spirit and a passion for being a part of and contributing to positive communities. She has satisfied her thirst for universal exploration and learning by transferring her career to different corners of the world; living and working in international settings in South America, Africa, Europe and the Pacific.

She completed her Masters in Emotional Disturbances and Behaviour whilst working internationally, before returning to Australia to follow her passion for providing alternative education to disenfranchised young people from trauma backgrounds. This led her to the position of Lead Teacher at an alternative school, catering for disengaged young people facing a range of social, behavioural and mental health issues. Most recently she ran the primary school in the Nauru Immigration Detention Centre, working with Asylum Seeker Children in detention.

Ebony’s years of experience working with children and young people battling with mental health, alongside her belief that education is imperative in combating mental health, have landed her in the Resilience Project Team. She is committed to assisting young people to grow into mentally strong, functional adults by raising awareness of, and providing practical strategies to build resilience.

Kasey Todd Mindfulness Trainer/Facilitator

Kasey is a trained secondary school Physical Education & Health Teacher, who fell in love with meditation by accident 8 years ago. She has a mission and vision for living with ease, happiness and love, and allowing others to do the same. Through her work with students in schools and adults in the corporate sector she witnessed a need for structured self-love, in the form of relaxation and meditation. She went on to study the practice, before becoming accredited in 2015. She now runs a variety of mindfulness programs for people of all ages.