Our Story

We provide a platform to introduce resilience to young people in a simple and effective manner.

We are Andy Otten and David Mackay and together we have developed Resilient Minds.

Resilience is an individual’s capacity to deal with adversity and challenges in a positive manner. The need for resilience in today’s society has never been greater. Mental wellbeing statistics are increasing every year in young adults at an alarming rate and what contributes to this is their inability to deal with adversity.

We believe that teaching young people skills to deal with adversities in all facets of life will build their capacity to grow as people. Continual growth as a person is an essential need for human beings to be happy.

We began playing basketball together at the age of eight and have since been playing football alongside each other for the Adelaide Crows for over 10 years. Sport brought us together initially at the junior level and did so once again at the elite level.

Through the setbacks, pressures and repeated times of adversity we have experienced in our professional careers, we have developed skills that have helped us remain positive, bounce back and ultimately grow as individuals. Growth as athletes, yes, but most importantly, growth as people off the field.

We are passionate about relaying this knowledge to as many young people as possible as we believe these concepts are too relevant and powerful to ignore.

"Resilient minds presented to our Specialist Sport Football students at Henley High School and the feedback from students and teachers was extremely positive.

Hearing Andy’s story and participating in a wide range of engaging activities, gave our students strategies to be more resilient. The workshop catered for all learning styles and encouraged group discussion and individual reflection.

I highly recommend this program."

Ben Kane - Football Head Coach - Henley High School


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"Resilient Minds is a platform for positive change in our youth."

- Andy Otten & DAvid Mackay