The International Resilience Alliance e.V., intresa, is an initiative of academic researchers working together to promote scientific stress resilience research at all levels – by coordinating research activities, developing common definitions and terminology, setting methodological standards, providing research tools, sharing data and results, supporting grant initiatives, organizing workshops, symposia and conferences, lobbying for resilience, and reaching out to the public.
We understand resilience as the maintenance or rapid recovery of mental health in times of adversity, e.g., during and after challenging life circumstances, physical illness or traumatic events. Resilience research asks why some people stay mentally healthy although they are exposed to the same kinds of stressors that cause mental problems and dysfunctions in other people. Thus, instead of focusing on mechanisms that cause disease, we are interested in the factors and mechanisms that can protect humans from developing stress-related conditions. Focusing on mechanisms of health rather than disease is still an underexplored field of research and has great potential for the development of new prevention and treatment strategies.