I had a black dog video

Secondary

Using the metaphor of a black dog, this video from the World Health Organisation explores depression and how it feels.

In collaboration with WHO, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the "black dog of depression".

Although this video was originally created for adults, it is still suitable for use with secondary school students. The metaphor of a black dog can help young people to learn about depression in a non-threatening way without medicalised language.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • young people aged 11 and up
  • use with individual students, small groups or whole classes

 Given the subject of the video, it is likely to be triggering to anyone experiencing depression or close to someone who is. The video should come with a trigger warning and followed up with advice and support.

The teacher facilitating the session should have watched the video prior and feel comfortable with the content/questions that may arise.

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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