Students examine ways they could support a friend with depression.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Relationship skills

Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

Students learn practical ways to support a friend with depression.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify ways to help a friend with depression.

Materials needed

  • Access to ReachOut.Com's article '6 ways to help a friend with depression'

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

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)

  • 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


5 minutes

  1. In groups of 3–4, students develop a 30-second infomercial that explains how to support a friend with depression. Students can use the article ‘6 ways to help a friend with depression’.

  2. Invite students to present their infomercial to the class.


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