Youth & School

Mental Health 201: Years 10-12

Analysing stigma and the power of the lived experience

The details

Mental Health 201

Students will learn to identify, analyse and critique stigma, different diagnoses of mental illness, helpful and unhelpful strategies for mental health, positive self-care behaviour, the power of real life stories of people living with or looking after someone with a mental illness and learn to plan and implement strategies for help-seeking.

This program was formerly known as Mental Health 101.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Understand the negative consequences of stigma and investigate ways this effects individual’s and communities’ views on mental health and wellbeing
  • Articulate and analyse different diagnoses and identify concerns in themselves and others.
  • Analyse the power of real life stories of people living with or looking after someone with a mental illness and reflect on how this insight could guide their own self-care and help-seeking practices
  • Identify, analyse and critique a wide range of strategies that are both helpful and unhelpful for good mental health and positive self-care behaviour.
  • Plan and implement ways to contribute to the collective impact in reducing stigma
  • Identify where to go for help

This program is mapped to the Australian Curriculum

Year 10

  • ACPPS093
  • ACPPS095
  • ACPPS090
  • ACPPS094
  • ACPPS098

Year 11, 12

  • Behavioral Science
  • Psychology

Addressing stigma and promoting help-seeking

We deliver over 130 sessions on stigma and mental illness each year to ACT Secondary Schools and Colleges. This is our flagship program and has been delivered in the ACT for over 25 years.

97% of student participants would recommend this session to a friend.

“It was very informative and enlightening and it gave me perspective as well. It was extremely useful, especially with the other personal experiences.” – Student, 14 years

Participants identified the use of personal stories within the session to be of most impact. With 96% identified their understanding of stigma had increased “Moderately” (26%), “Significantly” (52%) or “Extremely” (18%). And 98% more likely to seek help.

“The session helped me to understand that there is so much stigma around the issues and why that is so. It helped me to get as deeper understanding and ability to ask for help if I need it.” – Student, 14 years

“The session wasn’t overly complicated with statistics but it was mainly people’s stories which is more meaningful and personal.” – Student, 16 years