Deal: Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening

Deal: Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening

DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) is a free teaching resource aimed at students aged approximately 14 and over and inclusive of all abilities and learning styles. It has been developed by Samaritans in consultation with young people and schools across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Register to use DEAL for free

DEAL is also available in Welsh

Theme 3: Dealing with feelings

Sessions exploring how we all feel differently about things that happen in our lives with a focus on how to access support

Dealing with feelings - Samaritans

About DEAL

DEAL is a free resource for teachers and other educational professionals designed to help develop resilience in young people. Lesson plans, activities, hand-outs, DEAL digital resources, teachers’ notes and staff training materials can all be accessed and downloaded at any time from Samaritans website.

DEAL’s aims

DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) aims to:

  • raise awareness of emotional health and the importance of recognising when you need help
  • develop positive coping strategies
  • reduce stigma and break down barriers around talking about emotional health.
  • developing communication skills
  • developing supportive and help-seeking behaviour in young people.


What is in the DEAL resources?

The DEAL resources contain session plans and activities that are divided into four themes:

The session overview gives a full list of all available plans within each topic.

The lesson plans and activities are accompanied by teachers’ notes and a DEAL staff training session, which can be accompanied by these slides.

Find out more about how to use the DEAL teaching resources here


How does DEAL fit in with National Curriculum and programmes of study?


Free registration for DEAL 

If you are new to DEAL, please sign up here to access the resources for free.