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Mental Illness Investigated

Skills Young People Need to Thrive


Increasingly, we are concerned about the mental health of young people, and Health Education is statutory from September 2020. Mental Illness Investigated is an evidenced based set of seven lessons that help young people understand the science of mental illness and to develop techniques and essential learning to help their look after and maintain mental health. Access to the curriculum is via a one-day training course that is now available on-line.

If you have completed Teach Resilience you can receive Mental Illness Investigated and the supporting CPD Webinar to watch on-demand. Pleas contact us for more information.


Mental Illness Investigated Lessons 

Teaching and learning materials for seven lessons will be delivered electronically – ready for use in the classroom along with a recorded webinar to help prepare you to teach the lessons.

Click each lesson to reveal the learning outcomes.

  • 1) Defining Mental Health

    • I know where and how to get support both in and beyond school
    • I can define mental health
    • I can draw parallels between mental and physical health
    • I understand that mental health is a spectrum and can illustrate this with examples
  • 2) The Science of Mental Illness

    • I can define mental health and mental illness
    • I understand that mental health is a spectrum and can illustrate this with examples
    • I can explain the brain’s role in keeping us mentally healthy
  • 3) Understanding Mental Illness

    • I can define depression and anxiety and outline their prevalence
    • I can describe the symptoms of depression and anxiety and explain how these might impact on someone’s day-to-day life
    • I can explain the most common treatments for common mental health issues
  • 4) Triggers, Protective Factors and Promoting Wellbeing

    • I can explain a range of protective factors that reduce the risk of developing mental illness
    • I understand that physical health underlies mental health and can describe small changes to promote wellbeing
    • I can explain some of the common triggers for mental illness
    • I can differentiate between facts and myths about mental health and know where to seek further information if I am unsure
    • I can describe the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ and outline simple changes I could try to make to promote my own wellbeing
  • 5) Mental Illness Spotting & Supporting

    • I can model how to have a conversation with a friend about their mental health
    • I know when, where, how and why to get support for myself or a friend and I am aware of the types of support that are available.
    • I can recognise the early warning signs of mental illness
  • 6) Healthy Coping Strategies

    • I understand that everyone has to manage difficult situations, thoughts and feelings sometimes
    • I can describe healthy and unhealthy coping responses
    • I can describe a range of difficult situations, thoughts and feelings and suggest specific healthy coping strategies that might help someone manage each of these
    • I can explain a range of simple coping strategies and how these might help someone manage difficult situations, thoughts, and feelings
    • I know how and where to access further support if I need to
  • 7) Reducing Mental Health Stigma

    • I can define stigma and describe the impact it may have on someone with mental illness or emotional wellbeing issues
    • I can demonstrate some simple steps to overcoming mental health stigma in our school community to enable those who need it to seek support

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“It was so useful to think about mental health generally, and then look more specifically at the excellent teaching resources, case studies and practical strategies that I know will engage students.”

Teachers rate this game 4.7 out of 5