My Wellness



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OBJECTIVES: (Competency)


  • What is mental health?
    • Differences between distress, problem and disorder
  • How common is mental distress?
    • Over a 24 hour period, most if not all young people will experience mental distress
  • What are signs of being overwhelmed?
    • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
    • Fatigue or low energy (physical or emotional exhaustion)
    • Reduced concentration (difficulties concentrating/focusing or feeling pulled in many different directions)
    • Unexpected mood changes (very high or very low moods that are unexpected or out of the ordinary)
    • Less social engagement (losing interest in previously enjoyed activities or avoiding social activities)
  • What are examples of environmental stressors?
    • e.g. writing an exam, going on a date, not making the sports team, giving a public performance, etc.
  • Do you know what your environmental stressors are/might be?
  • What are some ways to adapt to environmental stressors?
    • Healthy stress management techniques
    • Wellness-enhancing activities learned at home, from friends, trusted adults, and in school
  • How do I recognize if/when my mental health is at risk?
    • Behaviours, emotions or cognition
    • E.g. feeling anxious, feeling unhappy, thinking negative thoughts, experiencing headaches or stomach aches, avoidance, etc.
  • What sorts of personal changes can contribute to distress?
    • Students undergoing major adjustments in the home (e.g. divorce, death)
    • Socio-cultural adaptation (Socio-cultural adjustments and behavioural expectations that are different from a country of origin)
    • Are you able to identify people who could be part of your support system?
      • E.g. Teacher, counsellor, a religious leader,community organization, human services 
  • Are you aware of other mental health supports and how to access them?
    • E.g. Kids Help Line

OBJECTIVES: (Autonomy)


  • What critical thinking skills do students possess to help them navigate their mental health needs?


Explore Teen Mental Health
Stress Explained:
High School Version

Video – Stress (Le stress)

Print – Understanding the Stress Response
Stress Explained:
Elementary Version
Video – Stress Explained

Worksheet – Stress Explained: Elementary Edition Resource
Using the mental health pyramid, brainstorm some events that would be identified by their position on the pyramid
See p.10-11 of When Something’s Wrong – Strategies for Teachers
Mental Health Meter:

Mental Health Meter
MindShift App

Teaching critical thinking skills