Through analysis of the ‘You can talk’ video, students learn how to respond when they notice a change in a friend.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Relationship skills


Learning intention

  • Students reflect on and understand the messages communicated in the ‘You can talk’ video, which talks about help-seeking strategies.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify the key messages of the video

  • understand what to do if they notice a change in a friend

  • explain why partnerships and collaborations are important for public health.

Materials needed

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-management

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

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)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

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

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • 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)

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Ask students to watch the ‘You can talk’ video.

  2. Students discuss the following questions:

    • What is the key message of the video?

    • If you notice a change in a friend, what steps does the video suggest you take? Answer: talk to the person, listen, ask if suicidal.

    • The clip ‘You can talk’ is a collaboration between a large number of organisations in Australia. Why are campaigns such as this one important?

Additional material for students

Students may have questions about the warnings of suicide, having a conversation with a friend about suicide, or why it is important to talk when feeling down. Encourage students to read:


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