It Triggers Me

What makes us feel lonely or isolated and how to respond to those triggers.
Target Audience:  

 

14 - 19-year-olds (Adaptations to be considered for young people with additional needs or of older age). 

Time:  

 

Set up time: Minimal. 

Delivery time: 20 mins - 30plus 

Aims: 

 

 

To support young people’s understanding of things or events in their life that may make them feel isolated or lonely and for the young person to understand these triggers and how to act through a series of statements where young people must decide ‘Strongly agree’ or ‘strongly disagree.’ 
 

Outcomes: 

 

 

Young person will be more resilient to event changes / life changes.  

Young people feel part of a wider community that values their contribution.   

 

Resources: 

 

 

Create an invisible line – There needs to be an opportunity for the young people to decide ‘Strongly agree’ or ‘strongly disagree.’ 

  • Piece of paper / post it notes works well.   
  • Closed questions Cards. 
Interactive element: 

  

Or if online in a team’s / Zoom a thumbs up or down. 
 

Ice breaker: 

 

 

Please see from options or if you have one you like please use your own. 

 

 

Activity Plan: 

 

 

 

 

Let the young people know that there is an invisible line that they must cross and that their only answer can either be ‘Strongly agree’ or ‘strongly disagree.’ – Ensure that young people are aware that there is no right or wrong answer. 

 

Introduce closed questions?  And the difference with open questions 

 

The task is for the young people to decide on how they feel and think about the statements on the day and must make up their own mind: - make them aware that this may change tomorrow, and this is OK.  

 

Have the young people to be aware of their surroundings what is in the game space and what is not – there needs to be a centre / or divider in the room this could be a mark on the wall or on the floor.  

 

When the young people are ready read the following statements and ask the young people to stand on the line, remind them they cannot stay there: (Closed Questions) 

 

  • Young people feel under pressure to join in.  
  • My friends effect how I feel. 
  • I am happy to be on my own.  
  • Social media connects me to my friends and family. 
  • I do not like people who act or look different to me.  
  • Mental health issues are not taken seriously. 
  • Anyone can feel lonely. 
  • You and be isolated if you do not have the internet at home. 
  • I can travel far to see my friends and it does not take me long. 
  • More to be added… 

 

Where there are divided options, it is a good point to get the young people to think about the differences and make a comment on why they choose ‘Strongly agree’ or ‘strongly disagree.’ Again, remind young people of the boundaries and that there is no right or wrong answer.  

 

When the young people are split into ‘Strongly agree’ or ‘strongly disagree.’ They become a group. 

 

Ask the group - Ask each group to think of the best three reasons to justify their position. 

 

‘Strongly agree’ would typically go first but unsure that it is not the same young people in each group each time.  

 

RE - thinking: When majority of points have been discussed, ask everyone to stand back at the line and re-think their original decision light of the points made by all groups. Young people can now Change or keep their response. 

 

Finisher: Take a few minutes to discuss what was powerful within the session, the importance of no answer was right and changing your mind is an important outcome and listening to young people’s voice. 

 

 

 

Adaptations   Make it easier: Provide less statements, create some pros and cons to each statement to support young people who may struggle to think about their decision. 

Make it harder: Ask young people to use additional cards to create their own statements to ask the group.  

After each question have the group talk about the decision, they made.  

Add an Undecided Group: the undecided group should move towards or away ‘Strongly agree’ or ‘strongly disagree. ‘Based on the other groups arguments.   

Helpful tips: 

 

 

 

  • This is a great option to record and use later to watch with the group again to see If they still have the same views.  
  • Think about creating props beforehand or using some fun props to wear to make the session more fun. 
  • There are loads of examples of this type of activity online. 

  

Evidence opportunity  
  • Record if allowed as it is good for young people to review. 
  • Images of young people on each question answer as a group. 
  • Make a note of the young person’s choice using a counter and a Likert scale for each phrase.  
YAA AWARD   This activity is aimed at young people taking part and would be a part of a young person’s development and targets at bronze level.