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This practice activity gives a framework for setting a ‘homework’ task that will help a young person articulate thoughts and feelings by exploring content that relates to their experience.

This practice activity will help you to:

  • support a young person to develop mental health literacy
  • help a young person feel less isolated
  • help a young person feel confident expressing themselves.
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Overview

ReachOut.com fact sheets, stories and forum discussions help young people to recognise emerging mental health difficulties and to articulate feelings and experiences, important steps in understanding and acting on their mental health. This activity will provide a framework for setting a ‘homework’ task that will help a young person articulate thoughts and feelings by exploring content that relates to their experience.

Story from the field:

While I was on intake, I met a young woman who came in for an assessment. She had basically been cutting for a long time but she had recently started engaging in high risk activities, like unprotected sex with multiple partners, but hadn’t really thought they were linked until she read about someone else going through the same thing on a blog about self-harm. That was enough for her to seek more support - she had managed cutting for so long so wasn’t as worried about that...she said she was more concerned that she had the same underlying issue but it started playing out in her life in a way she was confused and very ashamed about. It was because she read about someone else going through it, had posted a question and was encouraged that she thought it was ok to ask for help.

- Mental health worker at a community mental health setting

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