Students use a case study to understand the role that coping skills and support services play in managing mental health issues.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Whole school and year assemblies

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

Students can identify strategies to use to support a young person with a mental health issue.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify coping strategies or support services to use to support a young person with a mental health issue.

Materials needed

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate strategies for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety or wellbeing may be at risk (AC9HP10P08)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-management

    • Self-awareness

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations (PD4-9)

  • Plans, implements and critiques strategies to promote health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity in their communities (PD5-7)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Examine barriers to seeking support and evaluate strategies to overcome these (VCHPEP125)

  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses to health and wellbeing (VCHPEP147)

Show details

Activity 1


5 minutes

  • As a group, watch the video clip ‘How Jasmine dealt with anxiety and depression at high school’.

  • On a blank piece of paper, draw an outline of your hand. On each finger, write down a coping strategy or support service that Jasmine could use to assist her in coping with her anxiety and depression – e.g. exercise (coping strategy), psychologist (support service).


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