Mental Health Awareness for Kids— Each year, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place during the first full week of October. This essential campaign seeks to raise awareness and educate the public on mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
With estimates that show that about 1 in 4 American adults could be diagnosed with a mental illness in any given year, it’s more important than ever before for people to be aware of these issues.
These Mental Health Awareness writing prompts seek to educate students about mental health issues—what they look like, what dangers they may cause, and what to do if they feel like they are struggling themselves. Students will consider questions such as “What would you do if a friend told you they were going to hurt themselves?” and “Why is self-care an important part of mental health?”. In reflecting on these questions, students will gain a deeper understanding of how to recognize when someone needs help—and what to do if they ever feel like their own mental health is suffering.
30 Writing Prompts to Develop Mental Health Awareness in Kids
Use these Mental Health Awareness writing prompts with your students this October to educate and empower them to handle mental health issues!
- Do you ever struggle with your own mental health? How does that make you feel?
- Do you know people who talk openly about their mental health? How does this impact you?
- Why is there such a stigma around mental health problems?
- People do lots of things to improve their physical health—but less to take care of their mental health. Why do you think this is?
- People see doctors for their bodies with no shame. Should they be embarrassed to see a doctor for their minds? Why or why not?
- What are some signs that someone may be struggling with their mental health?
- What would you do if you suspected a friend was depressed?
- What would you do if a friend told you they were going to hurt themselves?
- Why do people say that suicide is “a permanent solution to a temporary problem”? What does this mean?
- Are non-lethal forms of self-harm dangerous? Why?
- Why are some groups of people at a higher risk of mental health problems like depression?
- Why is it important for people to prioritize their mental health?
- What is one thing you could do on a regular basis that would be good for your mental health?
- Why is telling a depressed person to “just try to be happy” equivalent to telling someone with a broken leg to “just try to walk”?
- Why is it beneficial for people with mental health issues to hear from others who experience the same things?
- How can you best support someone who is struggling with his or her mental health?
- Who could you turn to if you were struggling with your own mental health?
- Would you ever consider seeing a therapist? Why or why not?
- Could therapy be beneficial for people who do not have issues with their mental health? Why or why not?
- How could our school better support students who struggle with their mental health?
- What does it mean for someone to have a “safe space”? How could this be beneficial to a person’s mental health?
- Some mental illnesses simply occur, while others are triggered by an event. Should these be differentiated between? Why or why not?
- Do memes and jokes about mental health mock people who are struggling or serve to de-stigmatize mental illness? Why?
- Why is self-care an important part of mental health?
- Has anyone ever talked to you about mental health? What did you learn?
- Do you know how to ask for help if you were ever to need it? What would you do?
- Should people with documented mental health issues be prohibited from certain activities, such as driving a car or owning a gun? Why or why not?
- What are three things you could do to provide a safe place for people in your life who may need it?
- What are some reasons people might be afraid to ask for help with their mental illness?
- Do you think your mental health is connected to your physical health? Why or why not?
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