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