Mental Health Awareness Month Activities

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Mental Health Awareness MonthKeep reading below for access to 5 activities designed to bring mental health awareness to your students in a positive way. #breakthestigma 

  • Managing Big Emotions: Do you work with students that have difficulty regulating their emotions? This activity provides steps to identify emotions as well as possible coping strategies to address them. This activity can be used with any age group by replacing the examples listed with some that are age-appropriate for middle and high school students. Students are asked to think about emotions they feel, how those emotions impact their bodies, and discuss coping skills to assist with self-regulation.
  • Name the Emotion: Use this activity to address emotions by exploring facial expressions. The photos are colorful and engaging for students. They can mimic expressions as well as share a time when they may have felt the emotion displayed in the photo. This activity can be used to address social skills, vocabulary, and even categorization of emotions. The activity can be used with students of all ages!
  • Using Your Senses to Decrease Anxiety: Anxiety can cause our bodies to react to a situation by increasing our respiration, pulse, and cause us to sweat. This activity allows someone dealing with anxiety to redirect his/her attention, focusing on 4 of our 5 senses. This activity can be used by anyone by providing a way to slow down our body’s reaction to stress and anxiety.
  • Activities to Assist Self-Regulation: Looking for activities to help students self-regulate? Here are 3 activities in one place! The activities provided will assist your students with mindful meditation, thinking about events the students can/cannot control, and practicing gratitude. Use just one activity or try all three to provide ways to practice self-regulation.
  • Celebrating Small Wins: Help students develop skills allowing them to become more successful when dealing with overwhelming tasks. Use this self-awareness activity to help students understand the term “small wins” and how they impact our mental health. From motivating us to helping us stay focused, small wins are important in helping us move forward. At the end of this activity, students are asked to identify a few BIG jobs, breaking them down into smaller tasks and small wins!

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