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Friendship skills as a part of teaching

Examples of good friendship skills include the ability to express yourself constructively, taking others into account and setting your own boundaries.

The Finnish Red Cross Friendship Skills programme helps young people strengthen their interaction and social skills, increase their self-knowledge and alleviate loneliness.

The exercises and challenges of the Friendship Skills programme allow teachers to easily include practising these skills in their teaching.

Friendship skills require practice

We do not automatically have good friendship skills. Instead, we all need practice and encouragement with some particular area at least.

The Friendship Skills material, intended for upper comprehensive school pupils and older, covers six themes:

  • Getting to know a new person
  • Self-knowledge
  • Self-compassion
  • Friendship skills
  • Loneliness
  • Facing setbacks

In addition to texts, the Friendship Skills learning material contains videos, exercises and challenges. The material can be studied independently, but teachers can also pick programme contents to help strengthen the interaction skills of their pupils.

The programme content has been created by the Finnish Red Cross and MIELI Mental Health Finland in collaboration, as a part of the Friendship Skills for Young People project of the Finnish Red Cross, funded by Veikkaus.

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The Friendship Skills programme aims to help you strengthen your social skills, get to know yourself and your wishes and offer encouragement for meeting new people and deepening your existing relationships. Video: Suomen Punainen Risti