Talking about mental illness
An interactive classroom activity using the experience of young people living with mental illness as a backbone to promote help-seeking and boost knowledge about mental health.
Talking About Mental Illness is a new 6-part interactive classroom program exploring the experiences of young people who live with mental illness.
The program features the insights and perspectives of 5 young people who share how mental illness impacted them, their path to recovery and the strategies they use to keep well.
This resource has been designed for high school aged students, and aims to increase mental health literacy, promote help seeking for young people and help to break down the barriers of stigma and misunderstanding surrounding mental illness by sharing their stories of courage and hope.
By taking part in this program, students will gain insight into:
- what it is like living with a mental illness
- how to help a friend they are worried about
- helpful conversations
- where to go for support
- how to boost their mood and keep mentally well
Using the program
Using TedEd as a learning platform, our Talking about Mental Illness program is made up of six separate videos with supporting, discussion topics, quizzes and additional resources.
All videos and learning activities are designed to fit into a one-hour lesson, or they can be delivered separately.
- Videos: short two-five minute videos exploring the experiences of five young people living with mental illness, their recovery and their strategies to keep well
- Quizzes: quick multiple choice and short answer questions for students to reinforce the messages
- Discussion topics: points and ideas for group discussions to help students reflect on their own situation
- Resources: links to further resources and classroom based activities for young people to gain more information and to reach out for support if they need it
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