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The Real Teenagers Talking about Adolescent Depression: A Video Based Study Guide is a depression and mental health school program designed for middle and high school classrooms and is listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention "Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention". The program:
When young people are educated about the signs, symptoms and treatments of depression, they are more likely to get the help they deserve.
The Study Guide is targeted at eighth graders and high school freshmen and sophomores in Health and Wellness, Physical Education, Advisory or Home Room. Some exercises can also be used in English, Biology and Psychology class. The Study Guide can also be used by mental health agencies, youth groups, camps and on youth retreats. This program is a great follow up to Teen Depression: Stories of Hope & Health, an introductory depression awareness and mental health empowerment school program for early adolescence.
When taught in a school setting, we recommend that the Study Guide be team-taught by a classroom teacher and a member of the school’s mental health staff or school nurse. The classroom teacher knows the students well, which can help pave the way for open discussion. The mental health staff member or nurse can support the classroom teacher by providing expertise in a subject matter that the classroom teacher may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. Team teaching is also an excellent way to introduce students to the mental health staff and services at school.
• A Primer on Depression with general information about teen depression.
• A Bookmark with the symptoms of depression and how to maintain good mental health.
• A Self-Referral Card allowing students to confidentially reach out for help.
• A beginning exercise to introduce the concepts of depression and mental health.
• A video, Real Teenagers Talking About Adolescent Depression.
• A questionnaire to generate discussion.
• Understanding depression
• The science of the brain and depression
• Exploring stigma
• How to help a friend
• Coping with stress and developing resiliency
• Bullying and depression
• Suggested mental health protocols for schools.
• Online resources.
• Information about Erika’s Lighthouse.
You can use all or part of this Study Guide, depending on your needs and circumstances. Section One is the primary unit and can be taught in one or two class periods. Exercises from Section Two focus on more in-depth understanding of specific issues and can be taught selectively as enhancements to Section One. Exercises from Section Two can also be taught as stand-alone exercises. Be sure to download the exercises on the Science of the Brain and Depression and the Text from a Friend.
Take a look at a Condensed Discussion Guide to give you a peek of what the program will focus on!
We understand that facilitators will have different comfort levels teaching students about depression and mental health. We have written a Primer on Depression (page 6), to help understand the basic facts about depression. In addition, we include facilitator notes for each topic at the beginning of each section. The Study Guide also includes materials to help connect students to appropriate help. Check out our Suggested Student Mental Health Checklist (page 80) and Suggested Intervention Language for Teachers (page 81) to aid in connecting a student to appropriate help.