Depression Teacher Resources
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We know that as a result of early detection and intervention, we are able to make great strides in treating common diseases; however, this is not yet the case in the realm of mental illness. Explore this query with your class and touch upon such topics as bio-medical research, chronic mental disorders, and the complexity of the human brain.
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.
Help your class transition as the setting in the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, moves from Mexico to California. Beginning with prior knowledge, and moving into jigsaw research groups, class members add to and create posters and lists of information about California, immigration, and the Great Depression. The teacher can help out with hint cards and by leading discussion; however, most of the information is discovered by class members as they work through informational texts and complete a gallery walk. Close with a writing activity that relates back to the novel. A strong, well-designed lesson.
Young scholars investigate the effects of depression and the brain's influence on metal illness. The factors that may affect a person's ability to develop depression are examined in this activity.
High schoolers review what they know about clinical depression. In this personal health lesson, students research depression and treatments for it. High schoolers then create information posters that feature factual information about depression.
Students read an article about the rising numbers of depression in men. Individually, they write a paper describing the differences between logic and emotion. As a class, they discuss the need for students to control their emotions and whether not depression should be included in that category. They pretend they are working with someone with depression and create a plan to help them.
Eleventh graders read the short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" before researching women's issues that were prevalent during the twentieth century. They look for connections between women's issues and mental health issues, and discuss these topics. Finally, they write a persuasive essay about society's attitudes as they contribute to mental illness.
Students explore ways to actively take part in relaxing themselves physically and mentally. They become aware of specific thought processes through relaxation exercises and express themselves creatively through a monologue.
Tenth graders identify the different types of depression. In this series of health lesson, 10th graders discuss the most common reasons why teens think about suicide. They create a story board about scenarios present and present their short skit in class.
Learners barter for goods within the class. In this economics lesson based on the Great Depression, the teacher introduces the lesson with a picture book, then students are allowed to barter with teacher supplied goods as they examine how bartering works within small groups, then within larger groups.
Students explore discrimination by the media. In this media awareness lesson plan, students examine stigmas concerning mental illnesses as they are portrayed in the media.
In this current events worksheet, students read an article about cannabis reducing depression and complete eight true or false questions, 10 synonym matching questions, and a cloze activity based on the article.
Students examine the topic of depression and how it relates to their own lives. They watch and discuss a video, complete a worksheet about their own experiences, and in small groups design and display a poster.
Young scholars examine causes and effects of Great Depression and its significance on twentieth-century life, analyze value of various types of historical information, specifically primary sources, and relate events, issues, problems, and solutions of past to present.
Students watch and discuss a video dealing with the topic of depression and suicide. They answer discussion questions, identify sources of stress, conduct research on exercise and diet, interview a psychiatrist, and take a self-test on depression.
Young scholars read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Facebook Depression. In this Facebook Depression lesson plan, students complete 10 activities total.
Students investigate the effect good sleep and rest has on the human body. In this health lesson plan, 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.
Pupils examine and discuss the causes and symptoms of depression. They role-play a scenario on the subject of depression, and identify ways to intervene and help those at risk of depression.
Students discuss why mental health is important. In this health science lesson, students decide whether a given scenario shows a positive or negative state of mind. They write their reflection in the Health Journals.
Eighth graders research suicide and depression in teens. They are given an essential research question then create focus questions of their own before conducting their research. Using the Internet, they find answers to their questions and share their information with the rest of the class.