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Students examine the impact and portrayal of mental illness in literature. They develop thier ideas about mental health through the arts in this the third lesson on mental health.
High schoolers are oriented to the kinds of treatment and care the mentally ill received prior to the 19th century-using the example of England's legendary Bedlam, the world's oldest mental health asylum.
Second graders identify coping skills during times of stress. In this mental health lesson, 2nd graders read the story, Stressed Out Sally and brainstorm events that produce stress. Students rewrite a different version of the story including the coping skills that were discussed.
What else does physical health include besides exercise and nutrition? How can I support my mental health? Does social health just refer to relationships with friends? How are all of these questions vital to the body's overall efficiency and well being? Discover the primary components of each of the three major areas (physical, social, and mental health) of the health triangle, and discuss what factors can affect and risk one's journey toward lifelong wellness.
Students watch a video of people telling about their experiences with a mental illness. They compare and contrast the life stories they saw to reinforce how mental illnesses are biological illnesses that affect a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Students are introduced to the study of human behavior and develop their ideas about the importance of understanding mental health.
Students explore different types of stress and how to cope with different types of anxiety. In this how to deal with stress lesson, students watch videos about recent terrorist attacks on school grounds, and research and demonstrate their understanding of coping skills. Students meet with experts to discuss how these types of attacks would effect people and communities. 
Students explore the various factors leading to anger, the health risks involved in anger, and the techniques people can use to cope with it. Through writing and performing scenarios that enact different causes and coping techniques of anger.
Students identify ways to handle conflict. In this mental health lesson, students examine ways to handle conflict in a positive manner. They discuss various feelings and emotions during conflict.
Students evaluate the concepts of life course and life events. They role play how life events can shape who we are. They develop coping skills that aid in dealing with life events.
Students investigate the effect good sleep and rest has on the human body.  In this health lesson, students discover the different stages of sleep and discuss ways they can ease their own tension through exercise or meditation.  Students define the health terms depression and anxiety.
Students explore discrimination by the media. In this media awareness lesson, students examine stigmas concerning mental illnesses as they are portrayed in the media.
Sweaty palms, fingernail biting, racing heart. From prepping for a big exam or delivering an important presentation to stepping onto the field before the whistle is blown, we have all experienced nervousness in our lives. Perhaps by taking a look at professional athletes, our young learners can better understand how to effectively cope with this type of tension. Learn about the flight-or-fight response that occurs in the human body in response to stressful situations, and how professional athletes ease their nervousness with mental and motivational imagery. Tip: Have the video queued up to skip initial advertisement.
Pupils discuss the different stages of job loss. In this communication instructional activity, students brainstorm ways to cope with this situation. They share their ideas in class.
Adolescents and adults can experience a great deal of stress! Equip your young learners with the skills to reduce and cope with stress. Class members will review and discuss the symptoms of stress, what situations are more likely to cause it, and outline ways in which they will work to make positive changes in their lives.
Students examine the results of stress and identify positive techniques for coping with and reducing stress. They define emotional stress, compose a class acrostic for the word stress, complete the student activity sheet "Handling Problems," and demonstrate relaxation exercises.
Designed by a mental health center, this presentation is meant to educate educators how to help teens face peer pressure. Tips are provided for identifying at-risk youth and bullying situations. This would be a poignant topic to include in a professional development session with your school faculty and staff.
Second graders learn about the human body. In this biology lesson plan, 2nd graders will begin with the basics of understanding charts and graphs and progress into units that cover the body systems, and mental and emotional health. Students will learn how their daily choices effect their bodies.
In this drug addiction worksheet, students read an article about "rehab" and drug addiction and take a 10 question multiple choice quiz after they read to determine what they know about these two topics. Students discuss the reading and their thoughts about drug addiction and the brain as a class.
Students, through discussion, identify ways to cope with and process unexpected community or world crisis, such as terrorism or violent acts within a school or community.

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