Mental Disorders Teacher Resources
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High schoolers examine the effects of mental illness on youth. In this mental health studies lesson, students research the connection between mental illness and everyday life. High schoolers view a video documenting the lives of youth who suffer from various mental illnesses. Students work together to disuss the contents of the video.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
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 various scenarios that may or may not make them suspicious in the post-September 11 world, and discuss and write position papers about a fatal shooting involving air marshals and a mentally ill passenger.
Students evaluate information about mental illness for accuracy and relevance as they examine brochures developed in the lesson by their classmates. Data about mental illness is revisited and adjusted for additional information obtained in the lesson.
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 investigate the brain as the organ that regulates all of their physical, emotional, and cognitive responses. Some of the components of mental illness are examined inn this lesson.
Students consider the goals of a treatment plan for persons who have had the way they think, feel, or behave changed because of mental illness. PET images are utilized to support the evidence of changes in the activity and functioning of the brain.
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.
Students role play the part of someone with a mental illness and the families they are members of. They act out the scenes from cue cards and other students can state their questions and comments.
Young scholars consider the legal issues related to a suicidal or depressed college student by reading and discussing the article, "Laws Limit Options When a Student Is Mentally Ill." They write essays considering how the events at Virginia Tech should be used to amend existing laws or to add new laws.
Students, in groups, present information on the reforms of the mid 1800's. Topics could include the Unitarians, abolition, women's rights, growth in education, treatment of the mentally ill, temperance, and utopian communities.
Students develop a better understanding of mental health and the different types of disorders that people may experience. They create T-shirts that explain and display their learning about a specific disorder.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Joanne Greenberg's I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
An engaging topic for ethics, psychology, or history classes, this resource on eugenics programs in the US has everything needed for a solid learning experience. It includes all of the necessary readings (including primary sources), discussion questions, and a closing reflection.
Eighth graders examine the history of South Carolina's mental institutions. In this South Carolina history lesson, 8th graders discover details about asylums built in the state in the 1800's. Students analyze primary sources about mental health care in the states and create timelines that feature the history of mental health care in the state.
In this drug addiction learning exercise, 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 identify the medicinal benefits, and ill effects, of a variety of controlled substances. They determine whether or not they think hallucinogens should be researched for possible medicinal purposes.