The 10th of October is WHO's World Mental Health Day. The day before students will be doing activities about mental health in their advisories. This year I have my Grade 6s and 8s working on a very similar activity, with the AtL focus being: Self-Management - Affective Skills: Practise strategies to reduce stress and anxiety.
Students will start off by considering the similarities between mental and physical health, and that we all have both. Just like physical health, we have have moments of excellent and poor mental health, and some people have better health than others.
After watching the above video, students share out what they do when they are stressed or feeling down. (examples from the video include everything from exercising to playing with your pet!).
Students then watch the following videos and discuss the strategies that the primary school aged students share:
Students then reflect on current things which might be impacted their class' mental health, including transitioning from primary to grade 6, or from 7, to 8 (not being the middle school leaders) or into a new school. Students then also discuss what other issues impact their grade (this is an opportunity to focus on current issues, anything from social media to peer pressure to homework pressure).
Students then watch this BBC Brainsmart video about managing stress:
The conversation then leads to how they can support each other and how the school can support them
Below I've embedded the Grade 6 presentation. You can view, and make a copy of the Grade 6 presentation here and the Grade 8 presentation here.
At the end I also give the students some fun websites to use when they have moments of light-stress (this should end the session on a lighter note, as they may have been discussing heavy issues!)