Can't Talk, Write toolkits

Secondary

Downloadable workbooks full of activities to get young people writing as a way of expressing how they feel.

These toolkit resources was created by Action for Children in partnership with Royal Mail and The Prince’s Trust. There are two toolkits available - the first is for young people aged 11-18 years old; the second is for adults working with young people.

The toolkits focus on the benefit of writing as a effective means of directing and expressing feelings and emotions, to support mental health & wellbeing.

The toolkits are free to download and include creative resources for use with a range of age groups. 

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by either young people aged 11-18, or staff working with young people aged 11-18
  • use by either individual young people, or with groups of young people

The resources are available in both English and Welsh.

Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Mental health and wellbeing

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

· how to talk about their emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary.

Northern Ireland – Learning for Life and Work

Personal Health

KS3 pupils should have opportunity to:

· Investigate the influences on physical and emotional /mental personal health

Key Stage 4 pupils should be enabled to:

·reflect on, and respond to, their developing concept of self, including managing emotions and reactions to on-going life experiences

Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

Mental and emotional wellbeing

· I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

· I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.

Wales - Health and Wellbeing

How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Progression step 3: I can see the benefits of communicating about feelings as one of a range of strategies which can help promote positive mental health and emotional well-being.

Progression step 4: I can advocate the benefits of communicating about feelings as one of a range of strategies which can help promote positive mental health and emotional well-being.

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