Making students aware of support and resources
Introduce the class to the school
Make mental health a class priority.
Tips for posting a list of the school
Designate a safe, anonymous place for students to share their concerns.
Helping students reflect on thoughts, feelings and behaviors
Students practice connecting situations with the feelings and behaviors they trigger.
Help students see the link between activity and mood
Students see how damaging automatic thoughts can be.
Demonstrate that the things we fear are often not as bad as we think.
Show students exactly how they
Students dissect the messages they receive from others and from their own self-talk.
Helping students relax, refocus, recharge
Make time for breathing, mindfulness, guided imagery or muscle relaxation.
Take a break with your class to acknowledge feelings and concerns.
Designate a time for students to decompress.
Building coping skills
Help students differentiate between healthy and unhealthy coping behaviors.
Students connect their actions with their feelings and learn healthier coping skills.
Countering stigma and discussing mental health challenges
Illustrate the unfairness of stereotyping.
Reinforce that even superstars can struggle with mental illness.
Students think about when, how and with whom they might wish to discuss a mental health challenge they face.
Students move beyond ambivalence toward positive action.
Students begin taking practical steps toward reaching their goals.