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Mental Health Module Four-Experiences of Mental Illness
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does Security Mean Safer? Exploring Issues of Security in Public Places
Young scholars 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 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.
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.
Students are introduced to the study of human behavior and develop their ideas about the importance of understanding mental health.
You're the Expert Now
Learners evaluate information about mental illness for accuracy and relevance as they examine brochures developed in the instructional activity by their classmates. Data about mental illness is revisited and adjusted for additional information obtained in the instructional activity.
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.
The Brain: Control Central
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 activity.
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.
The Stigma Within
Middle schoolers 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.
Feeling for Answers
Students 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.
Group Presentations-Mid 1800's Reform Era-U.S.
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.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, 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.
Mental Disorder T-shirts
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.
Against Their Will: North Carolina’s Eugenics Program & In re Moore
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.
Too Large to be a Lunatic Asylum: South Carolina’s Mental Health
Eighth graders examine the history of South Carolina's mental institutions. In this South Carolina history instructional activity, 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.
The Truth About "Rehab" and Drug Addiction
For 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.