This theme contains activities for students to learn about ways of coping, building resilience and what influences the way we cope with events in our lives.

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DEAL: Coping with changes

We all react differently to changes in our lives. What is important is that when we are struggling with how we are feeling, we need to be able to ask for help and talk to someone.

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DEAL: Managing stress, making choices

In this session we will learn that we all have control over how we react to a challenge or stress; to understand the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviour; to use problem-solving skills; that how we react and cope is individual to each of us

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DEAL: Being assertive

It can be really difficult to know what to do when someone is being aggressive towards you. Being assertive can help reduce feelings of frustration and anger and can be empowering.

Education and mental health

DEAL: Building resilience

In this session we will learn: there are a range of coping strategies that can be helpful; to understand that everyone experiences difficult times and feelings; resilience is about working through challenging times.

School teacher or older student

DEAL: Positive thinking

In this session we will learn: how to reframe a thought to improve how we feel about a situation; to consider that everyone is different; how thoughts affect us; how positive self-talk can help us cope

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DEAL: Coping strategies - exam stress

In this session we will learn: that everyone has different ways of coping with exam stress; that some coping strategies are more helpful than others

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DEAL: Coping with pressures

In this session we will learn: to understand that pressures can impact on our thoughts and feelings; to understand that we have a choice as to how we react to feelings

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DEAL: being positive

In this session we will learn: to recognise positive qualities about ourselves; how positive talk affects how we feel; to turn a negative statement into a positive on

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DEAL: assessment activity

In this session we will: summarise coping strategies; use humour to help others; evaluate learning and progress

Digital Resources

All the free digital resources to complement the coping stategies sessions can be found here

DEAL digital resources