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Definition: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person - common in the world of mental health.


Stigma can make people feel alone, embarrassed, ashamed, and often prevents them from seeking treatment when they need it. One way to reduce stigma about mental illness is to use people first language. For example, avoid saying “mentally ill people”, and instead say “people experiencing a mental illness”.


True or False:

Poor mental health increases the risk for long-lasting (chronic) physical conditions like heart disease, stroke, and cancer.



What is a cause of stress?

Upcoming Tests, Too Much Homework, A Heavy Workload, Lack Of Organization, Too Little “Down Time”, Poor Sleep Schedule, Lack Of Support, Transitioning To A New Environment, Classes That Are Too Hard


Name 2 Mental Health Disorders (Besides Anxiety and Depression)

  • Bipolar Disorder. ...
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ...
  • Schizophrenia. ...
  • Eating Disorders. ...
  • Disruptive behaviour and dissocial disorders. ...
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders.

These can be used to reduce stress and improve our mental wellness.

What are coping skills?


True or False: The COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of stress for many people. 



True or False: Being isolated from others is heathy. 


loneliness has been found to raise levels of stress, impede sleep and, in turn, harm the body. Loneliness can also develop depression or other mental health disorders 


 Why is mental illness so common in the U.S?

Mental health disorders have risen in the United States. The increase is due to the rise in social media, the COVID-19 pandemic, and societal trends that have resulted in smaller family units and less community involvement


What is important to remember when you become angry? 

STOP and think before acting. 

Respond, don't react

Practice coping skills (deep breathing, counting, self-talk, etc.)

Walk away and remove yourself from the situation if needed. 

Remember the 3 rules of anger management


List three coping skills

Listen to music, talk to someone, go for a walk, etc...


True or False: All Stress is Bad


Good stress: ride a roller coaster, compete in a game, go on a first date, Play a game in the classroom.


How do you cope with your emotions

Any answer is valid


In 2018, what were the two most common mental health disorders?

Depression and Anxiety


What is the hardest mental illness to live with?

Borderline personality disorder

difficulty managing their emotions, which impacts their relationships, their self-image, and their behaviors. Their emotions are extremely intense, which can lead to episodes of depression, anxiety, or anger that may persist for days or even weeks.


True or false: Mental illness is caused by personal weakness.

False. Mental illness is caused by a number of factors including biological factors, stressful or traumatic life events, and long-lasting health conditions such as heart disease or cancer.


True or False? About 1 in 5 US adults will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.



What is self-care?

"Self-care means taking time to do things you enjoy, and taking care of yourself. When used consistently, self-care can reduce stress, relieve uncomfortable emotions, and improve physical health."

(Therapist Aid, LLC)


Describe the 5-4-3-2-1 Coping Strategy 

A technique that asks you to find things you can see, smell, hear, touch, and taste (5 senses) to calm down when feeling anxious or distressed. 


Suicide is the ________ leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24 in the United States.



Which group of individuals are almost 3 times more likely to experience a mental health condition 

Members of LGBTQ+ community


What are some life habits that can promote wellness and stability? 

Eating healthy food, having a daily routine, exercising, taking medication every day (and at the same time!), asking for help when you need it, setting goals, keeping doctor's appointments, practicing healthy coping skills 


Name one unhealthy way of coping with your emotions.

Substance abuse, Excessive alcohol consumption, 

Emotional eating, Self-harm, Isolation, 

Impulsive or risky behaviors


What is a common technique you can use to calm down when you are upset that requires catching your breaths?

Deep Breathing 


Traumatic events such as an accident, assault, military combat or natural disaster can have lasting effects on an individual’s mental health. Many individuals will have short term responses to life-threatening events; however, some will develop longer term symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of what?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD affects about 9 million U.S adults. A common myth is that PTSD is only experienced by individuals who have been involved in military combat. The truth is, any individual who experiences a life-threatening or traumatic event can develop PTSD.



I am a journalist, novelist and short story writer, who won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954

  • Myself and many family members have experienced mental illness
  • My book The Old Man and the Sea is required reading in most high schools


Ernest Hemingway