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Mental Health in Middle School:  A Life Balance Lesson Plan
Elizabeth Read

Zoe Green '27

I researched mental illness, its effect on adolescents, and the importance of mental health education at an early age. I focused my research on anxiety, depression, and ADHD, as well as the current supports offered through Harpeth Hall’s counseling team. As I completed my research, I realized that mental illness has become more common among middle schoolers which made me feel like there was a need for Harpeth Hall to include a lesson on mental illnesses in the Middle School Life Balance curriculum. For my final product, I decided to design a series of lessons and resources geared towards 7th and 8th grade students that could be used to teach the middle school community about mental illness. Overall,  my goal was to educate students about how normal emotions, such as sadness, are different from diagnosed mental illnesses. I hope this can be used to clear up confusion about how to talk about and help others and yourself with mental health concerns.

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