Mental Health is a research-driven project that consists of a learning booklet and a set of discussion cards. The project's intended use is for grade six students in the Ontario public school system within the context of the classroom. The aim is to provide teachers with a quality curriculum they can use to teach their students techniques that can help them maintain a positive mental state throughout their lives.
The learning booklet is divided into 8 modules, which are each sub-divided into 5 or 6 smaller units. As the reader progresses through the booklet, the illustration shown on the introductory spread of each module gets increasingly more intricate, reflecting the increasing knowledge of the reader. By the final module (module 8), the illustration is at its most intricate state.
Each of the units are only a few pages long, making them easy to digest. While writing this booklet, I was careful to use language that would be easy to understand and to back up the most important concepts with activities and exercises that reinforce the reader’s understanding. Additionally, at the end of each module I created a review section that highlights the key terms discussed and provides the reader with several review questions to check their understanding of the module's content.
The discussion cards are intended to be used after the students have completed the learning booklet. To use the cards, the teacher should split the students into groups of 5-6 and provide each group with 1-2 cards. The students should then discuss the cards they have been given as a team and work towards either solving the described problem, giving their respective opinions on the card’s content, and/or sharing personal experiences that relate to the highlighted topic.