DEAL: barriers to asking for help

Secondary

An activity getting students to recognise that there may be stigma and anxiety attached to asking for help, and how to overcome this.

Through this activity, students will learn:

  • to recognise there may be stigma and anxiety attached to asking for help
  • to make sensitive choices about seeking help

This activity forms part of the Samaritans' free DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) set of resources.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use with young people aged 13 to 16
  • use with whole classes or small groups

Please note that the Samaritans recommend using this activity as a starter for a longer lesson on developing listening skills.

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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