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Section 1: Exploring mental health and wellbeing

Section 1: Exploring mental health and wellbeing

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Monday, 01 March 2021

In Jigsaw, we view mental health and wellbeing from an early intervention and prevention perspective.

This section of the toolkit gives you the opportunity to explore the definition of mental health and wellbeing with your class, gaining an insight into what it means for them. It will also give young people the space to hear Jigsaw’s key messages on mental health and wellbeing.

Section 1 will set the scene for the next sections. These include exploring supports and challenges to our mental health and wellbeing and also taking a deeper look at mental health and wellbeing in your school.

 

 

A wall of post-it notes messages

Youth mental health and wellbeing toolkit

Exploring mental health and wellbeing
Section 1 will help define mental health and give students space to examine types of support.

You are here.

Learning intention:

  • To gain an understanding of mental health and wellbeing

The activities and resources will help young people to define what is meant by mental health and wellbeing in the classroom. All resources can be used in Google Classroom, Teams and Jamboards / Whiteboards.

 

What you’ll find

  • worksheet icon
    resources

    1 download

  • movie camera icon
    multimedia

    1 animation and video

  • mindmap icon
    activities

    1 class activity and discussion


Exploring mental health and wellbeing

Using these resources and activities will help young people understand that:

  • Mental health is something we all have
  • People experience mental health differently
  • Mental health is like a scale and what is going on for us can impact it in positive and negative ways.

Resources and activities

Post-it notes

Give each young person some post-it notes and ask them to write or draw some images or words that represent mental health to them.

Ask the class to share ideas with each other and then as a group.

What are some of the key themes coming up in the class?

What is mental health?

Watch this animation, which explains Jigsaw’s key messages on mental health and wellbeing. How did the messages here compare with what the class came up with? Use the information from the animation to build on the earlier discussion.

Mental health wheel

 

Mental health wheel

Use this activity to consolidate learning about the definition of mental health. Ask young people to add their ideas and learning about what is meant by mental health onto the wheel diagram.

 

Support documents

Move on to section 2: Supports and challenges to our mental health

This section should have supported young people to develop their understanding of mental health and wellbeing. It also should have created space for students to think about how everyone experiences mental health differently.

The next section, supports and challenges to our mental health and wellbeing, will support young people to understand what can help, and also challenge their mental health and wellbeing.

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