This lesson focuses on helping students to understand mental health issues.

Year level

7-12

Duration

5 minutes

Type

In class activity

Whole school and year assemblies

Online learning

SEL Competencies

Self-management

Learning intention

Students know how to identify and seek support for mental health issues.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health issue

  • explain how a mental health issue can be supported or managed.

Materials needed

  • Access to the ReachOut.com video clip ‘What is mental health?’

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Refine protective behaviours and evaluate community resources to seek help for themselves and others (AC9HP8P08)

  • 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

  • Examines and evaluates strategies to manage current and future challenges (PD4-1)

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

  • 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)

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Activity 1

Instructions

5 minutes

  1. As a group, watch the video clip ‘What is mental health?’.

  2. After watching the video, ask students to write down or share with a partner:

    • three signs or symptoms to look for that signify a mental health issue

    • three top tips that could be used to support or manage a mental health issue.

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