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Teen Depression: Stories of Hope and Health is a classroom curriculum to be taught by a health or wellness teacher and is best suited for a 7th or 8th grade audience. It involves three lessons that focus on understanding teen depression, how to get help for yourself or a friend and promoting good mental health for everyone. The primary teaching tool is a video featuring five real and diverse teens sharing their real stories of hope and resilience - take a peek below!
It protects lives. Depression is the #1 risk factor for suicide. This school program raises awareness and promotes early identification and treatment of depression - our best hope at preventing suicide.
It is teen friendly. Through the stories of real and diverse teens, this program demonstrates what healthy attitudes about depression should look like and challenges stigma.
It empowers. The program encourages teens to face the difficult issues associated with mental health and builds confidence in how to handle these issues. Teens learn how to ask for help for themselves, how to encourage a friend to seek help and even learn how to make small personalized lifestyle changes toward mental health.
It is hopeful. Teens with depression already understand how bleak and dark this illness can feel. This program communicates that there is hope, help and you are never alone.
It is based on best practice methods. This program was built around best practices for suicide prevention, and utilizes evidence based teaching philosophies.
It is easy to use. There are three lessons in this program, each are 45-minutes in teaching length and include facilitator notes, multi-media teaching tools, discussion guides and interactive exercises.
What is in the Program?
The program is made up of three lessons that can each be taught in a 45-60 minute class period. Each lesson includes multi-media teaching tools and discussion guides. Lesson Two and Lesson Three also include interactive exercises. You can use all or part of this program, depending on your needs and circumstances. More or less time than that would require a little creativity - maybe cutting a lesson into two, or combining lessons.
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