A downloadable version of this guide, the student writing prompt, rubrics and student handout are attached at the bottom of the article
Lesson Title: Awareness of local, school and community resources and the process for accessing treatment
Brief Summary: Students who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness that are intense or long-lasting need support from local, school and community resources. This companion guide and the associated Suite360 lesson are intended to help students learn how to access resources and treatment.
PLEASE NOTE: It is typical for adolescents to have mood swings and strong emotional responses on occasion. However, if changes in mood or behaviors are impairing a student’s ability to function academically or socially, please contact the school counselor or district Mental Health Professional.
If a student asks a question or shares information that you don’t have the answers to or know how to respond to, take the following steps:
1. Stay calm.
2. Validate what the student said and how brave they were to share.
3. Let them know that you want to help in any way possible while protecting their privacy.
4. If the response indicates an emergency, get help immediately.
5. If the response does not indicate an emergency, get help as soon as class is over.
- Students will identify resources they can access if they, or someone they know, experiences intense or long-lasting symptoms of mental illness.
- Students will describe the process for seeking treatment.
- Students will identify how to seek help in case of emergency.
- Mental health emergency – occurs when someone has serious thoughts, ideas, or plans about hurting themselves or others
- Mental health professional – an adult trained to work with people with mental illnesses including doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors
- Therapy – treatment for mental illnesses that may include talking with a mental health professional, medication, or both
- Everyone has resources available to help with mental illnesses.
- There is no shame in seeking help. It’s the courageous thing to do.
- Be open and honest about your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Preparation: A resource list is included in this Teacher Companion Guide. Ask your school counselor for additional local resources that should be added to the state and national ones already provided. Add those resources, then print copies for each student in your class as well as one additional copy to remain posted in your classroom.
Upon completion of viewing online content:
Teachers: Please have students complete the activity on the following page. As we connect today’s lesson to our curriculum, please use the appropriate grade-level rubric to assess your students.
Continue the Conversation:
- The connectivity between thinking-feeling-doing: How can we connect what we think about the content we just reviewed to how we are feeling? What actions can you take to apply this information in a meaningful way?
- Self, Others, World: How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help yourself? To help your friends and family? To help other people with mental illnesses?
- Mental health is about awareness: You can’t change something if you’re not aware it’s happening. If an unhealthy pattern is identified, notice the moment you derail because this is where a new healthier behavior goes. This is called “Pattern Interruption.” Then, you need to practice the new choice (Appropriate Competing Behavior) until it becomes a new habit.
- What awareness did today’s content bring about in you? Identify some actions or behaviors you may be able to replace with healthier options.
Additional activities/resources/suggested reading:
This is a resource page that you can pass out to students as part of this lesson and is found in the printable version of the guide
Mental Health Resources
Click “I need help now” then choose
- Suicide prevention
- I’m afraid to go home
- Treatment locator
- Depression & anxiety
- I’m being bullied
- Click “Other ways to get help” then choose
- Help Kids Cope – app to help students cope with disasters
- Fortify FL – report suspicious activity
- 2-1-1 Referral Service (Dial 211 or go to www.my211florida.org) Searchable database of health and community services across the State of Florida
Grading rubrics for all grades are attached at the bottom.
Awareness of local, school, and community resources and the process for accessing treatment writing prompt
Question: Visit one of the online resources provided in the handout. Summarize the supports this site can provide to you or others.