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In this session we will learn: to identify when friends need help; to identify the thoughts and feelings of someone who is feeling low; to identify agencies that can help
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Create a safe and positive learning environment by agreeing ground rules for the session.
This session can be used as a starter for ‘My support network’ and ‘self-harm’ sessions.
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Note Sometimes, a loss or change in someone’s life may make it difficult for them to cope – they may even have thoughts of suicide. This can be a sensitive topic so please talk to someone if you are worried about yourself or someone else. Remind the students about who is available to talk to them in school and out of school, using the information slide. Sometimes we have to go on our instincts when we think others may need help or support. Many people feel shame or shyness about asking for help and try to cope alone. Many people suffer from depression and may not realise that help is available.
Add anything else to the students support networks, noting all the support they have available in school, in their home, and in the wider community.
Remind the class of REG. You may not know what to do to help but sometimes just being there is all that is needed.
Links and Learning Journeys
This session links to: My support network | Managing stress | Finding a way forward | Positive thinking | Expressing feelings | Building resilience
It is also part of a suggested learning journey:
Learning journey: stress: What is emotional health | My support network | Let it out | Exam stress (short) | Talking helps: it’s hard to say (short) | Coping with changes
Learning journey: accessing support: Ups and downs of the day | My support network | Developing listening skills | Barriers to seeking help | Making assumptions (short) | Helping my friends
Make sure young people know what support is available and how to access this support.