"In this unit, developed for HSP3M (Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation), students will research a particular mental illness. They will then script, rehearse and present to the class a short public service announcement (PSA). Students may choose either a television or radio format. The PSA must increase awareness and hopefully tolerance in the general public about this illness.
The goals of this activity are:
The students gain empathy for people who suffer from mental illness and learn to recognize and avoid stereotypes.
Students become aware that many mental illnesses are diagnosed in adolescence.
Students practise research skills and find out how to access community resources.
Students practise presentation skills for a specific audience with a specific purpose."
Created in association with The Canadian Mental Health Association this lesson recognizes educators have the ability to work towards the elimination of stigma and discrimination by teaching the new generation that people with a mental illness are not to be feared, judged, avoided or discriminated against.
In this lesson, students will explore the ways people with a critical health condition or disease might feel, as well as various ways they can support and show compassion toward those who are living with an illness.
Grade Level 9-12
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna BorgesSocial Justice can begin and end with taking care of yourself. This book contains NSFW language and sometimes casual attitudes but it is inclusive and relatable. "Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver. "For most of us," writes Anna Borges, "self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with." You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it's taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or choosing Netflix over that friend-of-a-friend's birthday party. But when life gets so overwhelming that you want to stay in bed, some more radical care is crucial to maintain your sanity. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is here to help you exist in the world. Borges gathers over 200 tips, activities, and stories (from experts and everyday people alike) into an A-to-Z list--from asking for help and burning negative thoughts to the importance of touch and catching some Zzz's. Make any day a little more OK with new skills in your self-care toolkit--and energy to show up for yourself." publisher