How to Love Yourself

(duration 30 – 60 minutes)

This activity is designed to work in more generic settings where young people have not necessarily openly sought support in questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. You may be unaware of how young people are making sense of many aspects of their developing identities. Be mindful of supporting how the group approaches this activity. Only undertake the activity if it feels safe for the group as a whole to undertake.

The purpose of the activity is to create a safe space where young people can discuss the issues involved, understand others’ experiences and develop awareness and empathy.


1. Ask the group to discuss in pairs which lines they liked and related to and why. Then feedback to the whole group.

2. Discuss how this poem relates to emotional health & wellbeing.

3. Ask everyone to individually, or in pairs or small groups, to write a list of advice for self love and self care.

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