Using Thinking Cards to improve mental wellbeing

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Kelly, Mike
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ISCED Level 1 Primary education
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The aim was to develop a learning tool to help young people identify and challenge negative thinking, reduce anxiety, and improve resilience.

The participants are Key Stage 2-4 pupils with mental health challenges, as well as those in mainstream settings who are struggling to develop resilience. The cards are used to teach young people to identify their negative and positive thought patterns. They have a high quality finish and visuals that appeal to young people, combined with simple yet powerful messages to enable them to identify and challenge negative thinking.

The Thinking Cards helped the pupils to identify and challenge negative thinking, resulting in reduced anxiety and improved resilience. Qualitative feedback and quantitative data show positive changes in thinking and feeling.

The outcomes suggest that the use of Thinking Cards can help young people to identify and challenge negative thinking, leading to reduced anxiety and improved resilience both outside and inside school.
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resilience , mental health , feedback , primary education
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