Making a Splash is a resilience model created as a tool in response to the increased pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. It consists of five key steps to enable learners to think about their mental health and resilience. It allows them to become more self-aware and understand how to tackle situations. Learners can use the model as a broad concept or look at each step individually in more depth.

The model proved so helpful and popular that it is now an integral part of the tpm curriculum. A Making a Splash workbook designed by tpm’s Managing Director Brian Quinn supports staff and learners, and associated videos by counselling psychologist Lin Hankinson complement this. Here, Lin introduces the Making a Splash model.

Staying Power

Life throws many obstacles in our way. Not everything we want in life comes easily. Staying Power is about developing the tools to become determined enough to achieve our goals.

In this video, Lin explains why it is important to be resilient. She discusses how it is normal to want to give up when times are tough and explores how it is possible to push past that and to have the Staying Power


When we are stressed or highly emotional, it is often hard to think with logic and reason. This is why a focus on logic is so important when we are building our resilience. Developing our critical thinking skills can help us check the reality of a situation or better assess our feelings and motivation.

In this video, Lin explains what logic is. She explores how we often have emotional reactions as humans, and it isn’t easy to think with logic and reason when we feel emotional. Lin explains how to use critical thinking to help us to think differently.


If we are mindful and have strong awareness, we can become more resilient. Taking responsibility for yourself and your actions is a crucial part of this. When you understand your strengths and areas for improvement, you can adjust accordingly, acquire extra knowledge when necessary, and make positive decisions that reflect who you really are.

In this video, Lin discusses how we can develop self-awareness and think about how we perceive ourselves. She encourages thinking about strengths, weaknesses, values and beliefs, likes and dislikes, and actions and motivations. Lin then explains how we can use better awareness to make changes, reflect and become more resilient.


When life throws challenges at us, we often have to look for advice and support from others. Sometimes, it is just good to talk to someone who will listen. When building resilience, it is crucial to understand the role of support networks and how and when to use them.

In this video, Lin considers who support networks are, when to use them and how to ask for support. She explains the wide variety of help and support on offer and how and when to utilise it. Lin also discusses how resilient people build a variety of support networks.


Taking steps to look after your physical health can help you look after your mental health and reduce stress and anxiety. Simple changes such as getting enough sleep can significantly impact the way we deal with challenging situations. Getting active and eating and drinking healthily can reduce our stress levels, increase our energy and improve our mood.

In this video, Lin explores the link between our physical and mental health. Lin explains how to look after our physical and mental health and gives tips on making small changes to improve our physical and mental health.