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Connectedness and reaching out is about placing importance in help-seeking behaviours through connections with other people as well as having a range of friendship circles that reflect different areas of social need.

This will help young people understand:

  • having social/friendship groups can support their resilience
  • identifying people/organisations can assist in their development of resilience skills.
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Lesson/session outline

Download the lesson/session outline.

Activities have been designed to be standalone or run in a sequence for a 50 minute lesson/session. Templates are linked below for completing the activities.

Activities include:

  1. Buzz activity: Pictionary (15 minutes)
  2. Class discussion: Where do we find connections? (10 minutes)
  3. My connections worksheet (25 minutes)
  4. Explore ReachOut.com

How to ask a friend if they're okay

Tips for meeting new people

Classroom tips

  • Encourage students to see themselves as a collective group when in your classroom. The idea of all working together to achieve a common goal is a good place to start.
  • Ask your students to come up with their class common goal. Share this with other classes/year levels.

Next steps