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Anxiety and depression lesson plan

Secondary

This lesson plan explores the topic of anxiety and depression and the impact that our physical health can have on our mental health.

This lesson plan was created by the government of Manitoba in Canada, so does contain some Canadian references, but there is lots of useful content to help students explore anxiety and depression.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • young people aged 14 to 19
  • use with whole classes

School staff should consider adapting the content/language of this resource so it is suitable for the group you are teaching.

Ensure you deliver a message prior to beginning the session which encourages students to approach the subject sensitively, taking time for themselves if necessary.

The self-assessment task in this resource may be too personal to complete in a group setting, so school staff may want students to complete these individually.

 

Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Mental health and wellbeing

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

· common types of mental ill health (e.g. anxiety and depression)

Northern Ireland – Learning for Life and Work

Personal Health

KS3 pupils should have opportunity to:

· Develop understanding about, and strategies to manage, the effects of change on body, mind and behaviour

 Key Stage 4 pupils should be enabled to:

develop an understanding of how to maximise and sustain their own health and well-being

Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

Mental and emotional wellbeing

For early to fourth level (4-14):

I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.

Wales - Health and Wellbeing

Progression step 3: I can see the benefits of communicating about feelings as one of a range of strategies which can help promote positive mental health and emotional well-being.

Progression step 4: I can advocate the benefits of communicating about feelings as one of a range of strategies which can help promote positive mental health and emotional well-being.

Progression step 5: I can use my self-awareness to appreciate the complexity of my emotions and apply strategies to self-regulate them in a healthy way and to connect with others.

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