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Mental Health

In this collection, you can access resources centered on or around Mental Health.

Mental and Emotional Disorders

In this course, students learn to distinguish types of anxiety disorders and eating disorders; recognize signs, symptoms, and causes of anxiety disorders and eating disorders; understand impulsive behaviors and their risks; and learn how and when to seek out adequate mental and emotional health services.

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Managing Stress and Building Resilience

In this course, students learn how to deal with stress, build self-esteem, and apply health practices to stressful situations.

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The Risks of Alcohol Abuse

In this course, students learn the risks of drinking alcohol; the effects alcohol has on the body; how habitual drinking can lead to alcohol dependency; how to set healthy boundaries in situations involving alcohol; and the genetic component to developing alcohol dependence.

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The Dangers of Tobacco and Nicotine

In this course, students learn the risks of experimenting with tobacco and nicotine; the short and long effects tobacco and nicotine have on the body; situations that may lead to use of tobacco products and nicotine; how using tobacco products can lead to a nicotine dependency; and how to make healthy decisions to prevent tobacco and nicotine dependency.

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How Vaping Affects the Body

In this course, students learn the risks of using e-cigs or vaping products; the hazards of chemicals contained in e-cigs or vaping products and the effect they have on the body; and how to set healthy boundaries when pressured to experiment with vaping.

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How Drugs Affect the Body

In this course, students learn the risks of abusing prescription drugs and marijuana; the uses and side effects of prescription drugs and marijuana; how the use of prescription drugs and marijuana can affect those around you; and how to set healthy boundaries in situations involving prescription drugs and marijuana.

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Teen Angst

This video defines the pituitary gland and explains the role of hormones in teen angst. It defines teen angst as intense feelings of inner conflict and emphasizes it as a normal part of transitioning from childhood to adulthood. The video also says that if depression occurs, youth should talk to an adult on how to manage it. Classroom favorite.

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Growing Up: Awkward Conversations

This video acknowledges the awkwardness and excitement of learning about changing bodies, sexuality, gender, and reproductive organs. It encourages learning on your own with friends as well as with a parent/caregiver or trusted adult and cautions against relying solely on the internet, as there is a lot of misinformation. The video offers concrete advice on how to have awkward conversations with trusted adults. Classroom favorite.

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What Makes A Relationship Healthy?

This video details the three tenants of a healthy relationship: respect, equity, and communication. It goes over what it means to have a respectful relationship – each person is valued for who they are, and each can express yourself or say no to something they disagree with. The video also goes over what it means to have a lack of respect in a relationship, such as someone pressuring you to do something you don’t want to do. The video describes equity as both people being treated as equal partners and cooperating and compromising in a balanced way, while a lack of equity means someone is trying to control their partner or relationship. A relationship based in communication means that both people can say what they mean and mean what they say, discuss disagreements openly, and are willing to apologize. An unhealthy relationship might mean that disagreements are met with silence or pressure. Classroom favorite.

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How to Be a Good Listener

This video offers tips on how to be a good listener. It advises young people to pay attention when someone is talking to them rather than being distracted by their phone or things around them or thinking about what they’re going to say next. The video also states to not judge what someone tells you, show empathy, and don’t offer solutions to a problem unless asked. Other listening tips include asking questions (but not interrupting) and being responsive by nodding your head and reflecting back what someone says. Classroom favorite.

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How To Deal With Rejection

This video begins with different examples of rejection and reinforces the idea that rejection is just one person’s opinion – it doesn’t mean that you are not good enough. The video also discusses how to deal with rejection, beginning with accepting the person’s opinion rather than trying to convince them otherwise. It encourages young people to acknowledge feelings of sadness and hurt, take time to process feelings, and talk to someone you trust to help work through them. Finally, the video states that it is important to remember that just because you were rejected once, that doesn’t mean you will always be rejected. Classroom favorite.

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Sad and Happy: Feelings Happen

This video includes a scenario of someone experiencing many emotions and defines the concept of mood swings. It reinforces the idea that mood swings are normal, defines hormones and the limbic system, and explains the process by which hormones affect your body. The video also includes the difference between mood swings and clinical depression and encourages youth to talk to an adult if they are experiencing depression.

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What Is Social Anxiety?

This video differentiates being shy, nervous, or anxious with social anxiety, which is when these feelings can be overwhelming to someone. It explains that these feelings of anxiety are more intense and can be paralyzing to some people. The video also encourages youth to talk to a trained counselor to navigate how to best manage these feelings.

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Depression and Anxiety

Feelings of sadness, irritability, hopelessness, worthlessness or having difficulty concentrating can happen to anyone, regardless of age. But if you notice these feelings continuing for longer than a few weeks, you may be depressed.

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Why Do Some Friendships End?

This video includes a scenario of friends drifting apart. It highlights that sometimes friends fight, are interested in other things, or grow apart, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be together or they won’t find other friends.

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Rejection: It Happens To Everyone

This video includes a definition for rejection and lists the feelings that can come with it, such as sadness, anger, disappointment, and insecurity. It reinforces the idea that even if you are rejected, there’s nothing wrong with you or the person doing the rejecting.

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What Is Bullying?

This video defines bullying and differentiates the types of bullying - active bullying (physical or verbal), passive bullying (making someone feel inferior or excluded), and cyber bullying (sending mean messages via text, email, or social media). The video goes over what to do if someone is bullying you or if you witness bullying, including saving the evidence of cyber bullying. It also includes how to support someone being bullied.

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How to Handle Peer Pressure

When people close to your age try to influence you, it’s called peer pressure. A peer can be a friend, classmate, family member or anyone you hang out with. Peers can pressure you to make the same decisions they do. Sometimes peers will pressure you to do something dangerous, foolish, against the law or that you don’t feel ready for, like having sex.

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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is more than one would think. This video by Advocates Children and Youth breaks it down.

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Anorexia and Eating Disorders

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and most treatments don't work. Dominique has lived with severe anorexia since she was 9. Now a psychology student, she has a unique insight into her illness. She’s determined to survive and to help others to overcome this condition.

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Conflict Resolution

Life can be frustrating. You’re not always going to get along with your friends and family, and they won’t always get along with you. And anger and frustration are natural human emotions, so there’s no way you can avoid feeling them. But there are ways to disagree without being disagreeable--and in this BrainPOP movie on conflict resolution, Tim and Moby will tell you all about them! First, you’ll find out why it’s a good idea to take a deep breath and collect yourself before you respond to a situation you’re not thrilled about. You’ll discover different ways to compromise, and how placing yourself in another person’s shoes can change a potential screaming match into a friendly discussion. Why risk alienating your friends and hurting people’s feelings, when you can settle your differences fairly?

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Conflict Resolution

Life can be frustrating. You’re not always going to get along with your friends and family, and they won’t always get along with you. And anger and frustration are natural human emotions, so there’s no way you can avoid feeling them. But there are ways to disagree without being disagreeable--and in this BrainPOP movie on conflict resolution, Tim and Moby will tell you all about them! First, you’ll find out why it’s a good idea to take a deep breath and collect yourself before you respond to a situation you’re not thrilled about. You’ll discover different ways to compromise, and how placing yourself in another person’s shoes can change a potential screaming match into a friendly discussion. Why risk alienating your friends and hurting people’s feelings, when you can settle your differences fairly?

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Decisions

Casey and Reece talk about making choices and decisions. This is a DVD designed to teach young people with intellectual disability about choice and decision making.

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Emotional Response

Simple, easy-to-understand whiteboard animation to help early Elementary-aged children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and manage their emotions. This is intended as a beginning resource to help children, parents, educators, and those who work with children to encourage mindfulness, empathy, and emotional regulation.

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