Next Steps

Next Step cards to facilitate goal based conversations with children and  young people | i-THRIVE



"Next Step helps to provide a structure and enables me to really focus on the young person in front of me" - Mental Health Therapist


What is Next Step?

Next Step is a tool that helps young people to communicate on their own terms, in their own environment.

Created by both young people and mental health experts, the colourful toolkit provides the perfect platform to enable safe and structured conversations with young people who may be struggling with their emotional health and wellbeing. 

How does it work?

Next Step is a set of 52 unique cards, with each card representing a particular mood, thought, action or goal. In a one-to-one scenario, Next Step will take you and a young person on a journey, encouraging them to discuss their thoughts and feelings and empowering them to set their own goals.

 The cards support professionals working with young people to identify their emotional wellbeing goals and support them to achieve these goals within a solution-focused framework.  Another principle of Next Step is that young people are experts in themselves and already have skills that they can build upon to achieve their goals.  With Next Step, the role of the professional is to facilitate the young person’s thinking and empower them to make their own decisions.