Influences on Mental Health Teacher Resources
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Mental Health 3: Mental Health Through Literature
High schoolers 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.
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.
Mental Health 2: Bedlam
Students 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.
Figuring Out Mental Health
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.
Fighting the War in Your Head
Students analyze the experiences of a fictional soldier in a war and create a mental health profile for that individual. They emulate psychiatrists and propose treatment strategies for their particular soldier's post-traumatic stress disorder.
THE LAUGHING BRAIN 2: A GOOD LAUGH
Students explore various theories about laughter, laughter's effects on our mental health, and the benefits of laughter to our immune system.
What Can I Do?
Young scholars identify ways to handle conflict. For this mental health lesson, students examine ways to handle conflict in a positive manner. They discuss various feelings and emotions during conflict.
Mental Health Module Four-Experiences of Mental Illness
Students examine the effects of mental illness on youth. In this mental health studies lesson, students research the connection between mental illness and everyday life. Students view a video documenting the lives of youth who suffer from various mental illnesses. Students work together to disuss the contents of the video.
What Can I Do?
Here is a good way for children to identify ways to handle conflict. They discuss the connection between feelings and conflict. Everyone listens to a story about a conflict between two friends and they discuss what they could have done to resolve the problem.
Genetics, Birth Disorders, and Pregnancy
Students in an alternative school setting for pregnant teens examine various facets of pregnancy including prenatal and postpartum testing, genetic influences, and additional risk factors. Through videos, hands-on activities, and small group discussions, they gain insights into the genetics of human development, birth defects, and other related topics. Activities include: constructing cell models and creating pregnancy timelines.
Economy's Stuck, but Business is Booming at Therapists' Offices
Students explore the concept of the economy and mental health. In this economy and mental health instructional activity, students read an article about how the mental health community is booming due to the poor economy. Students discuss ways to deal with mental health problems and what may be the cause. Students create a spending plan for their group that alleviates stress instead of causing it.
Third graders discover what mental health is. They discuss examples and draw pictures of themselves taking care of their mental health. They write a story about a time when they felt good about themselves.
Helping Adolescents Deal with Peer Pressure
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.
Highlights of Modern American Family Art and Literature
Students develop imagery in literary and art works. They discuss Jacob Lawrence's painting, the "Tombstones, 1942", which conveyed overcrowded tenements and families living in Harlem (New York, New York). They design picture stories comparing overcrowded tenements then and now.
Local Four Minute Men Committee
Students research the "Third Liberty Loan" pamphlet. In this discussion lesson, students read the pamphlet and discuss their opinions. Students answer questions and discuss main points of the document.
Twelfth graders review "Managing Conflicts" worksheet. They role-play as a practice opportunity for solving conflicts and examine problems and proposed solutions from multiple perspectives. They assess costs, benefits and other consequences of proposed solutions.
Pop Turned Art
Students study the art of Andy Warhol and consider the line between art and life. They create their own artistic renditions of popular culture themes and images in order to explore their influence on our lives.
The History of Rock and Roll: Part 6 - My Generation Social an Cultural Influence on Music Composition
Pupils examine influences on the creation and development of music.
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.
Ooh, You're in Trouble!
Young scholars consider disruptive school behavior and how school districts in several states are turning to the juvenile justice system for help. They debate this issue from a variety of perspectives, and write a paper.