Teachers from England are going to the United States for coaching in teaching youngsters to be more resilient.
Children's resilience in the face of life's slings and arrows varies
School staff from Hertfordshire, South Tyneside and Manchester are to study a programme devised by Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania.
They will then target secondary school pupils, in a project supported by the London-based Young Foundation.
Prof Seligman's "positive psychology" argues people can be happy and ward off depression regardless of circumstances.
Manchester is sending 25 teachers to learn about it, with a view to further improving pupils' attendance and achievement.
The city's children's services director, Pauline Newman, said: "This is very much about providing children and young people with the tools they need to manage their feelings and motivation and to find solutions."
Some children needed help to deal with things life brought their way, she said.
"All the evidence available from the programme in the USA where it was developed is that young people benefit greatly from this - their self-esteem and confidence is boosted, they feel more in control of their lives, and better able to deal with the things that happen to them."