Mental Health Reading Facilitation Guides


These activities were developed to introduce mental health topics to youth and to start conversations around mental health in the classroom or community. Each activity includes discussion questions for students to reflect on and share with classmates. The collection of mental health activities for students includes facilitator guides, activity plans, evaluations, and template letters to be sent home to parents. Activities can be implemented in the classroom or virtually.

Mental Health Activity Overview Facilitation Guide

Story Guides:

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings – Grades K-3

Mindful Mantras: I Will Be Okay! – Grades K-3

The Boy With Big Big Feelings – Grades K-3

The Invisible String – Grades K-3

Listening to My Body/Escuchando a mi Cuerpo – Grades 2-4

Listening With My Heart/Escuchando con mi Corazón РGrades 2-4

Lola’s Words Disappeared – Grades 2-4

A Terrible Thing Happened – Grades 2-4

One Wave at a Time: A Story About Grief & Healing – Grades 3-5

Worry Says What? – Grades 2-5

Other Materials:

Green Ribbon Template

Parent Letter Template

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
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