Tackling Mental Health

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This resource consists of two workshops covering what mental health is and how to promote it. Aimed at learners aged 11 to 14, this resource includes workshop plans with presentations.

Learning outcomes

These workshops aim to satisfy the following benchmarks in the Mental and emotional wellbeing subsection of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum area:

  • HWB 3-01a: I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.
  • HWB 3-02a: I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.
  • HWB 3-03a: I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.
  • HWB 3-04a: I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.
  • HWB 3-05a: I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.
  • HWB 3-06a: I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.
  • HWB 3-07a: I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.

In this resource

This resource bundle includes lesson plans (pdf and editable word version) and presentation for:

  • Workshop 1:
    • What is mental health?
    • Self-reflection activity
    • What influences by mental health?
    • What is influenced by mental health?
  • Workshop 2:
    • Self-reflection activity
    • Strategies for maintaining good mental health
    • Red flags in mental health
    • What is depression?
    • What is anxiety?
    • Quiz

This resource was created as part of Psychology Outreach and Engagement which allows undergraduate psychology students to develop new projects aimed at meeting the needs of local community partners as part of their degree.

This resource is available under a CC BY 4.0 license and has been made available on TES Connect which hosts a range of lesson materials for early years, primary, secondary, and special needs teaching.

Tackling Mental Health on TES Connect

Header image: Adapted from Playful Engagement illustration 003, Interactive Content, University of Edinburgh, CC BY 2.0, on Flickr.