Mental Health Awareness

Break the Stigma


Let's keep track of all of this great information!! What can I expect to hand in?

1) Completed Mental Health Awareness booklet

3) Your Happy Dance

The Mental Health Awareness worksheet can be found on our classroom.


STIGMA refers to a "cluster of negative attitudes and beliefs that motivate the general public to fear, reject, avoid and discriminate against people with mental illness. Stigma is not just a matter of using the wrong word or action. Stigma is about disrespect. It is the use of negative labels to identify a person living with mental illness. Stigma is a barrier. Fear of stigma and the resulting discrimination discourages individuals and their families from getting the help they need". (SAMHSA, 2004)

Stigma limits a person's ability to:

  • get and keep a job
  • fit in at school without being bullied
  • find a safe place to live
  • attend college or university
  • receive adequate health care (including treatment for substance use and mental health problems) and other support
  • be accepted by their family, friends and community
  • find and make friends or have other long-term relationships
  • obtain insurance or loans
  • volunteer within their community
  • take part in social activities (


1) Stereotype - unjustified attitudes about a group of people

ie. "All people with mental illness are dangerous"

2) Prejudice - agreeing with stereotypes

ie. "I think people with mental illness are dangerous"

3) Discrimination - the behaviour that results from prejudice

ie. ""I don't want people with mental illness around me, so I won't work with


Digital Story Telling

View AT LEAST 2 of the digital stories at the site below and answer the following questions:
  • What is/are the key messages?
  • How is the person who s telling the story trying to get their message across?
  • How does what you heard change your ideas about a person living with mental illness?

(password - t33nh3alth)

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Teen Brain

1 in 5 people in Peel Region will experience mental illness (Peel CMHA). It is important to recognize the signs and know how to get help.

Depression and Anxiety are the most prominent mental illnesses currently impacting teenagers. Watch the following video to hear more.

That was really good information. Let's slow things down and put it on paper. Navigate the sites listed and use the handout provided to research the 3 Illnesses below

For information on additional Mental Illnesses, check out the site below!

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Check out the videos below

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Suicide Prevention

Not all people who die by suicide have been diagnosed with a mental illness and not all people with a mental illness attempt to end their lives by suicide.

  • 85%-98% of people diagnosed with depression do NOT die by suicide.
  • 80%-97% of people diagnosed with bipolar illness do NOT die by suicide.
  • 85%-94% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia do NOT die by suicide.
  • Use the link below to visit the Canadian Association for Prevention of Suicide web site.


    The Struggles of an Athlete

    US Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt opens up about her battle with depression.

    LivingWorks safeTalk Program

    safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

    Peel Children's Centre

    An estimated 2/3 of all young people with mental health problems are not receiving the help they need (CMHA).

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24. At least 90% of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. Learning about mental illness and the importance of seeking treatment can save lives (CMHA).

    Peel Children’s Centre is an officially recognized children’s mental health centre, based in your community in the Region of Peel. They offer many excellent, creative services to more than 4,100 children, teenagers, and their families every year. Their services are free and private (PCC).

    The commission is encouraging youth to take an active role in the battle against Stigma by bringing anti-stigma activities into their own schools to create a positive change.


    "Young people feel the impacts of stigma more than any other group in Canada"

    "Early intervention can make a dramatic difference in quality of life"

    As part of its role, the commission provides the training, tools, and support that community groups, schools and youth need to raise awareness about mental health, mental wellness, and stigma.

    Click on the link to learn more

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