Depression

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A challenging lesson on the topic of depression which leads to students creating a self-help guide for young people with symptoms of depression.

Students will gain an understanding of the factors that affect mental health and the ways in which emotional well-being can be fostered and understand how to access professional health advice and personal support with confidence.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: To recognise the symptoms of depression, understand the causes of depression and how to deal with depression.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: To recognise the symptoms of depression, understand the causes of depression and how to deal with depression by accessing professional advice and support.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: To critically analyse the role of professional health advice and personal support available to address the symptoms and causes of depression.

Activities for the lesson

Equipment required: ICT Internet / projector, Whiteboard, Printed handouts, Paper and pens

Lesson starter: How are they feeling?

Groups

Students to work in groups of 4/5 students.

Using Handout 1 - How are they feeling?, cut out the images and give one to each group. The images are of individuals who appear depressed, sad and anxious.

Ask the students the following two questions;

  • - What is this person feeling?
  • - Why would this person be feeling this way?

Feedback

Groups

Groups to feedback their comments to the class.

Teacher Input

Whole class

Teacher to outline lesson objectives which are to investigate the symptoms and causes of depression and to research the ways of seeking professional help and support.

Symptoms of depression

Groups

Using Handout 2 - Symptoms and causes of depression, and working in groups, students are to list the symptoms of depression.

Causes of Depression

Groups

Still working in their groups, ask students to list as many causes of depression as possible and record their answers on:

Feedback

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate feedback from groups and record results on whiteboard.

Video clip

Whole class

Students compare their knowledge and understanding of depression with the video clip.

Feedback

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate class discussion on the video clip.

Producing a leaflet

Groups

Working in groups, and using the knowledge gained from the lesson and the facts on Handout 3 - Factsheet on depression, students are to produce a leaflet entitled 'A self-help guide for young people who are feeling depressed'.

The leaflet should contain the following sections;

  • - What is depression and how common it is
  • - What symptoms to look out for
  • - Causes of depression
  • - Self-help - what can I do?
  • - When and how to seek help.

Written comments

Individual

Teachers can use Handout 4 - Comment sheet to collect written comments from the students.

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Key skills and learning skills

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Improving own performance
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Exploring meaning
  • Reflection
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills

AFL strategies

  • Sharing learning objectives
  • Use of questioning
  • Effective feedback
  • Modelling
  • Pupil self assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Adjusting teaching/reviewing
  • Plenary

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