'You Can Talk' video discussion

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
  • Self-management

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.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  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: