True or false
Mental health treatment


What is a health condition that changes a person's thoughts, emotions, and behavior and affects a person's ability to undertake daily function?

Mental illness


True or False: Mental disorders are a sign of personal weakness.

False. Mentally ill people should not be blamed for their illness. 


CHALLENGE: Give someone in the room a compliment :)

Something meaningful and NOT inappropiate!


What can we do to help ourselves deal with stressful situations?

Coping skills are the tactics that people use to deal with stressful situations. Managing your stress well can help you feel better physically and psychologically and impact your ability to perform your best.


Can socioeconomic status impact mental health?

Yes. Research shows that individuals who grew up in poverty or live in lower socioeconomic households are at higher risk for mental health conditions such as depression.


What is a feeling of worry and fear that causes physical symptoms, such as sweating, and stress?



True or False: Mentally ill people are often dangerous and unpredictable.

False. the stereotype that links violence and mental illness together persists due to prejudice and selective media attention.


CHALLENGE: Each person on the team must share something they are proud of about themselves.



Can some coping skills be unhealthy? If so list some unhealthy coping skills.

Yes, there are unhealthy coping skills. Things like substance abuse, self-harm, outbursts, & binge eating can all be considered unhealthy coping skills.


True or false. Women are at higher risk for depression and anxiety compared to men.

True. Some mental health conditions including depression and anxiety are more common in women. For example, women are almost twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Women are also more likely to experience post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), a type of anxiety disorder, than men.


What is a mental illness characterized by a combination of symptoms that include prolonged sadness and that interfere with a person's ability to undertake everyday activities?

Major depressive disorder


True or false. Only about 50% of people living with mental health conditions receive treatment.

True. Some people may not know that they’re living with a mental health condition. If you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, talk to your healthcare provider (HCP) right away. Your HCP can screen for mental health conditions, prescribe certain medications and give you a referral to a specialist if you need one.


What is bi-polar disorder & which famous music artist was diagnosed with it in 2016?
(HINT: he has made some of the greatest & most influential albums of all time but should probably share his social opinions less) 

Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental illness that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, activity levels, and concentration. These shifts can make it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks.

The artist formerly known as Kanye West (now known as Ye).


What should you do if you are struggling with your mental health?

You are not alone. Make sure to tell a trusted adult whether it is a parent, family member, teacher, therapist, etc. 

If you are suicidal or in emotional distress, consider using the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 988 or chat online  to connect with a trained crisis counselor. The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Talk to a primary care provider to see about a referral to a mental health specialist if you or a parent have not done so.


Are members of the LGBTQ+ more likely to experience struggles with mental health than heterosexuals?

LGBTQ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime. They are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals.


What is a mental illness in which a person loses touch with reality; often characterized by hallucinations such as voices other people cannot hear, and delusions?



True or false. There is no difference between having anxiety & having an anxiety disorder.

False. Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Many people worry about things such as health, money, or family problems. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For people with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, schoolwork, and relationships.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.


What do lawyers wear to court? 



Is medication the only effective form of treatment?

No. Medication can be helpful to suppress symptoms but therapy/counseling is a very helpful tool.


Which racial group has the highest rate of suicide? 

In 2022, the highest U.S. age-adjusted suicide rate was among American Indians and Alaskan Natives (16.11 per 100,000) and the second highest rate was among Whites (15.83 per 100,000).


Involves constant obsessions and repetitive behaviors, to control anxiety caused by thoughts.

Obsessive compulsive disorder


True or false. Psychological disorders can also be genetic.

True. Scientists have long recognized that many psychiatric disorders tend to run in families, suggesting potential genetic roots. Such disorders include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia.


Most relatable character in all of fiction.

Acceptable characters include Spider-Man & Cody from Surfs Up


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? is it effective?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a structured, goal-oriented type of psychotherapy (talk therapy).

Mental health professionals, including psychologists, therapists and counselors, use it to treat or manage mental health conditions and emotional concerns. It’s one of the most common and best-studied forms of psychotherapy.

CBT is based on several core principles, including:

  • Psychological issues are partly based on problematic or unhelpful patterns of thinking.
  • Psychological issues are partly based on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.
  • Psychological issues are partly based on problematic core beliefs, including central ideas about yourself and the world.
  • People experiencing psychological issues can learn better ways of coping with them. This can help relieve their symptoms and improve their mental and emotional health.

True or false. White Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than Black Americans.

False. Numerous studies over decades have shown that Black Americans are diagnosed at higher rates of schizophrenia than White Americans. In a 2018 analysis of data from 52 different studies, researchers found that Black Americans are 2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. 

One possible explanation for this is that black people also may be more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia because of the conditions in which they live. Structural racism, in particular, may increase the risk of schizophrenia. Some experts maintain that racism burdens Black people with ongoing psychological and physical stress. Over time, that raises their odds of health problems, including schizophrenia .

However, there is a debate going on claiming there is a high rate of misdiagnosis.