Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

To end the silence on mental illness, groups research a mental illness. They then create a scene-by-scene script, cast parts, and record a video that details the symptoms, causes, and treatment of the disorder. They also include what others can do to help someone suffering from the condition.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into six groups, assign each group a different article to read and discuss, and they have them summarize their reading for the whole class
  • Remind learners to keep all unit materials in their Health Smart binder
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a 25-resource Health Smart unit designed for high school freshmen
  • It comes with a caution that instructors should explain the day before the lesson that the next class will be discussing mental illness; allow pupils to stay after class to talk with you if they feel uncomfortable participating
Pros
  • Includes fact sheets on anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, and binge eating
  • Provides a rubric for the video project
Cons
  • None