Depression Teacher Resources
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Toward a New Understanding of Mental Illness
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.
Connecting Informational Text with Litearature: Building Background Knowledge About Mexican Immigration, California, and the Great Depression
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.
New! The Health Triangle
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.
Depression or Oppression: "The Yellow Wallpaper" by C.P. Gilman
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.
Mental Illness: Could It Happen to Me?
Students 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 lesson.
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.
From Depression to Death
Tenth graders identify the different types of depression. In this series of health instructional activity, 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.
Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression
Learners barter for goods within the class. In this economics activity based on the Great Depression, the teacher introduces the activity 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.
New! Of Mice and Men
Lead your class through John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men with a comprehensive guide. The resource starts out with an anticipation guide and includes a background study guide, vocabulary section with practice, novel guide, and several graphic organizers. The background is separated by topic and the novel guide is organized by chapter. Class members will build a deep understanding of the book with the activities included here.
Discrimination and Media: Focus on Mental Health
Students explore discrimination by the media. In this media awareness lesson, students examine stigmas concerning mental illnesses as they are portrayed in the media.
"What Is Depression?"
High schoolers 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.
How Hard Were the Times? Investigating the Meaning and Significance of the Great Depression
Students 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.
Dramatic Release of Stress
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.
In Their Own Words
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 analyze case studies to explore similarities and differences among illnesses. PET images are examined to explore how scientists investigate the changes in the way the brain functions during depression.
Depression: On the Edge
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.
Students 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.
Key to Good Health: Sleep and Mental Relaxation
Young scholars 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. Young scholars define the health terms depression and anxiety.
Dealing With Bouts of Depression
Students 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.