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Understanding Feelings

Supporting the mental health of adolescents

Understanding Feelings is all about equipping young people with the self-esteem, resilience and strategies they need to cope with the stresses of our increasingly complex and demanding world. Its straightforward information and authentic activities prompt students to explore their own responses to many of the issues young people face, ranging from hope and happiness to gender identity and sexual feelings to depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Ages: 12-16 | Pages: 59 | Code: 51012 | ISBN: 9781776553914

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Dee Doherty

Dee Doherty has been an educator for over 30 years. In this time she has been a primary school teacher, a special needs coordinator, a behaviour specialist for the prestigious Schools’ Support Team, Tower Hamlets in the United Kingdom, a resource teacher of learning and behaviour and an adviser for special education in New Zealand. She completed her masters degree in educational psychology at Massey University in 2004. She is currently Head of Literacy at Spotswood College, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Contents

Introduction4
Mapping the ups and downs of life5
A mountaineer's journey5
Other people's lives8
Some quotes to consider and discuss10
Mapping our moods11
Complete a mood chart11
How would I react if ...?14
The biology of moodiness15
Some quotes to consider and discuss16
Growing up and away17
As I see it ...17
How to compromise19
Some quotes to consider and discuss19
Gratitude, happiness and hope20
10 reasons to be grateful20
Recipes for happiness21
Paying it forwards22
Hopes for the future24
Some quotes to consider and discuss25
Unhappiness, grief and depression26
Expressing unhappiness26
Going through grief27
Recognising and responding to depression29
The black dog30
Spiralling down31
Some quotes to consider and discuss33
Worry, anxiety and stress34
Would you worry about it?34
Understanding anxiety and stress35
The biology of anxiety36
How stressed can you get?38
Ways to help manage anxiety39
Some quotes to consider and discuss40
Rejection and feeling left out41
Some quotes to consider and discuss42
Self-harm and suicide43
What drives a person to self-harm?43
Self-harm profile44
Extreme self-harm: suicide45
Suicidal thoughts: real but not rational46
Helping to prevent suicide47
Some quotes to consider and discuss48
Feelings of identity49
What do you think?49
A great debate51
Shaping our gender identity53
How much do you follow gender norms?54
Gender reflections55
Being transgender56
Some quotes to consider and discuss57
Sexual feelings58
Masturbation58
Sexual orientation58
Consent59
Some quotes to consider and discuss60