World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. Here is a few classroom activities to build each child’s self esteem, to build confidence and to make them aware of the importance of Mental Health.

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Activity One: Fuzzy-Feeling Chair

Objective:

Build students’ self-esteem by encouraging their peers to recognize and comment on their positive traits.

The Lesson: 

Position the special chair in a special place. You might call the chair the Fuzzy Feeling Chair. Each day, ask a different student to sit in the special chair. The other children in the classroom then take turns saying nice things about the person in the chair. The person in the chair can only say “Thank you!” — nothing else. At the end of the activity, ask the child sitting in the chair how s/he felt when others were saying nice things about him/her.

Over time, students will become accustomed to what it is like to compliment others and to be complimented. They will learn to trust and express their feelings.

Video on Cyber Bullying:
Very powerful moving video about a father who lost his son due to cyber bullying. I believe this is very relevant today in our students lives and communicates the seriousness of the effects cyber bullying has on each individual.

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One thought on “World Mental Health Day”

  1. Reblogged this on Stop the Stigma with Cher Shares and commented:
    A moving post and video…today is World Mental Health Day. wearing purple today is to create awareness…it is also to be reminded of too many who have taken their lives. Today is also one year anniversary of Amanda Todd…We must speak out more! We must not be afraid to do the right thing…together there are so many good things we can do …together there is so much we can prevent…blessings.

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