Lesson Plans

 

Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan Guide: “Recognizing Warning Signs and Offering Help” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth and includes optional interactive activities.

Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan PowerPoint Presentation This presentation can be used in conjunction with the above Lesson Plan Guide.

Mental Health PowerPoint Presentation A presentation meant to be an introduction to mental health, and should be supplemented with other activities, lessons, and/or educational videos. Can be used with the Suicide Prevention PowerPoint or on its own. Covers an introduction to mental health, stigma, and content for creating films in the Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes categories.

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Mental Illness and Stigma” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. We recommend using this lesson if youth are planning on creating a film for the following categories: Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes (“What is Mental Health” and “Words Matter” subcategories).

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Language and the Words We Use” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. We recommend using this lesson if youth are planning on creating a film for the following categories: Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes (“What is Mental Health” and “Words Matter” subcategories).

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Mental Health”┬áThis lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. We recommend using this lesson if youth are planning on creating a film for the following categories: Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes (“What is Mental Health” and “Words Matter” subcategories).

Middle School: Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan: “Superheroes and Purpose” This lesson plan is specifically for middle school students and to help youth create films for the Walk in Our Shoes subcategory “The Superhero in Each of Us,” covering suicide prevention.

Hope & Justice Category Mini Lesson Plans

September Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “What This Election Means to Me” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. What does the 2020 election mean to you? Young people face unique challenges that result in lower participation and voting rates and a lack of representation in our democracy. This lesson plan covers facts about voting and the 2020 Census.

October Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “Creative Ways to Measure 6 feet Social Distancing” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn and discuss why it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a mask and brainstorm creative ways for measuring 6 feet social distancing.

November Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “My Reason for Wearing a Face Covering” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn the facts behind the importance of wearing a face covering and are encouraged to explore their own personal reasons for wearing a face covering to crush the curve to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 in partnership with Crushing The Curve.

January Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “My Beautiful Brain” Through a partnership with My Grey Matterz, this lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn about the connection between brain health and our physical, emotional and social well-being, and are encouraged to explore the beauty of their own brain in a creative way.

February Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “Substance Use and Healthy Coping” Through a partnership with the Trauma Research and Education Foundation (TREF), this lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn about the effect of substance use on the teen brain and how to develop healthy coping techniques when dealing with stress.

February Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “Self-Esteem” Through a partnership with the Trauma Research and Education Foundation (TREF), this lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will discuss the impact of social media on self-concept and ways to promote positive self-esteem.

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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