Mental health is an important aspect of a young person’s life, but talking about mental health isn’t always easy. Mental health is comprised of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are common to all us. Intense feelings that won’t go away, troublesome thoughts that persist, or using alcohol or other drugs to cope can be signs that we need to pay attention to our mental health.
Early identification of mental health challenges and linking young people with resources is key to strengthening their mental health. Like any health issue, we are better equipped if we are able to recognize the signs and symptoms. Once identified, we can then take action to prevent things from getting worse.
Stop Wondering, Start Knowing: A Mental Health Video Resource for Schools
Stop Wondering, Start Knowing: A Mental Health Video Resource for Schools is a resource for educators to use in their classrooms.
This resource includes a facilitation guide, video stories from youth with lived experience with mental health challenges, and links to additional resources and supports. It is designed for grades 8 to 10, but can be for used for other groups at the discretion of the educator. The goals of the resource are:
- To better understand and be more aware of mental health and substance use
- To recognize the early signs of mental health and substance use challenges
- To reflect and share ideas about mental health and substance use
- To help decrease stigma around mental health and substance use
- To learn about resources available for support
Printable Resource Handouts:
- (Optional) Problem-Solving Worksheet
- (Optional) Goal-Setting Worksheet
School Resource Videos:
For more information and any questions about using this resource, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.