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Getting started

Go through this list and do as many as you can. If you don’t know the answer, that’s OK. Keep going and answer as many as you can.

  • Can you name the feelings you are having?
    • You could write the feelings down and make a list or just list them in your head.
    • You can look at the Feelings Poster (link) to help you name how you are feeling.

  • Can you say how often you feel like this?

  • Can you say if you feel like this just for part of the day or all day?

  • Do you feel this way before certain things happen, like going to recess or the gym, or before a certain class?

  • Does the feeling come after a certain event, like when adults have problems or you fight with a friend?

  • Do you have trouble sleeping because of feelings you are having? o If you do, is it every night or just sometimes?

  • Do these feelings only happen at home? At school?

  • Do these feelings happen with a certain friend or group?

If you can figure out the answers to these questions, it may help you talk about the problem. If you don’t know the answers or it seems like a lot of questions, you can go ahead and ask for help anyway. You don’t need to know all the answers!


Who to talk to

  • Talk to somebody you trust, or somebody you are comfortable with. This could be a parent, brother or sister, friend, other family member or a teacher or counsellor.

  • You might know another person who can help, and that’s good too. So long as you are comfortable and feel safe with them.

  • The person you talk to should be helpful. If you know someone who has helped you before, try to talk to them.