The Wall of Support
This activity encourages young people to write a supportive statement for someone with a mental health problem.
What you will need: Worksheet of comment slips, a blank wall, sample statuses provided below.
Write the status update before the class, print out worksheets
What to do:
- Before class come up with a ‘Status Update’ that reflects a mental health problem (or use one of the sample statuses provided below). Write it on a large strip of paper and stick it to a blank wall in your classroom.
- Divide the class into groups and hand out one comment slip worksheet sheet to each group.
- Each group will work together to come up with a comment to support the status update on the wall, they will have 10 minutes for this.
- Collect the comments and attach it on the wall under the status updates.
- Discuss the comments with the class.
- Type out the status update and print copies for pupils if you do not have free wall space.
- This activity can be run individually, not just in groups.
- This activity can be run twice, once for a general response and the second time to encourage more supportive responses.
- I don’t know who to talk to about how I’m feeling.
- Sometimes I don’t tell my friends everything.
- It feels like nobody understands me.
- I’m not weird! Ahhh I wish someone would understand.
- I feel like I need to scream.
- I’m feeling down…not sure what I should do.
- Suggested comment: Visit www.seemescotland.org if you would like to learn more about mental health
Pupils learn the importance of mental wellbeing and how it can be fostered and strengthened through positive relationships.
'HWB 0-06a / HWB 1-06a / HWB 2-06a / HWB 3-06a / HWB 4-06a
I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.'