Empathy for Resilience

Empathy is understanding another’s emotion in relation to that of your own. Empathy assists resilience through developing strong supportive relationships. Understanding other people’s feelings / emotions / experiences is particularly helpful when people are experiencing tough times.

This will help young people understand

  • Empathy requires an understanding that their emotions can differ to someone else’s
  • Empathy is a skill that can be practiced
  • Empathy is different to sympathy
Students in classroom

Lesson/Session Outline

Lesson/Session Outline (Empathy)

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

Activities include:

  1. Buzz Activity: Four things! (10 mins)
  2. Brainstorm Emotions using the List of Emotions (10 mins)
  3. Other people’s emotions worksheet (25 mins)
  4. Exploring ReachOut.com (5 mins)   

Tips for communicating

Caring for yourself while caring for others  


Classroom Tips


Next Steps


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