Students practise having conversations to support friends experiencing mental health difficulties.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies


Social awareness

Learning intention

Students learn how to ask a friend if they are okay if they have concerns about their mental health.

Key outcomes

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

  • ask a friend if they’re okay

  • know what to do if their friend does or doesn’t want help.

Materials needed

  • Access to article ‘What to do when someone doesn’t want help

  • Access to the article ‘How to ask a friend if they’re ok’

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse factors that influence emotional responses and devise strategies to self-manage emotions (AC9HP8P06)

  • 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

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and demonstrates the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others (PD4-2)

  • Assesses their own and others’ capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges (PD5-1)

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)

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Ask students to read ‘How to ask a friend if they’re ok’.

  2. Discuss as a class what you could do if a friend doesn’t want help. Refer students to the article ‘What to do when someone doesn’t want help’.

  3. Discuss with students the barriers they might experience when trying to help a friend and why sharing their concerns could help their friend.


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