Organize a section in your school library to spotlight books focusing on mental health
Students at a high school in Michigan started the campaign 13 Reasons Why NOT, and you can do it too!
Athletic activity designed to encourage students to rip the mental health stigma off of others.
Ask any sports team at your high school to get involved by hosting a game to raise awareness of the importance of mental health. Dunk it, spike it, kick it… The puns are endless, so are the sports.
A wide range of activities can help men to bond with each other and foster better mental health
Pose a mental health related question on a whiteboard and invite students to answer.
Hold an open mic event for the school community to help raise awareness about mental health!
Create a small trinket that can bring you comfort when you’re not feeling your best.
Create a place for you to store items that promote feelings of happiness and relaxation.
The goal of this activity is to allow students the opportunity to define what love means to them.
Create a bulletin board where students can take and/or leave uplifting messages for eachother!
Short & Sweet
Quick and easy mindfulness activity to ground and recenter yourself when you feel overwhlemed.
Work together to determine which relationship traits are “healthy” or “unhealthy”.
Mildly active group activity that teaches the importance of prioritizing your mental health while juggling other commitments.
A fun and interactive icebreaker activity to help your club members learn more about each other!
This activity allows club members to explore each other’s personalities, interests and identities through Pinterest!
Showcase your appreciation for the important faculty members in your life by writing letters to them!
Spark a meaningful discussion around why you are a mental health advocate & cultivate your passion in an action-oriented manner.
Curate a school art exhibit that showcases feelings and thoughts surrounding mental health.
How to reach out and implement a mentorship program between high school and middle school students.
Organize a movie night and screen a movie that relates to a topic surrounding mental health.
Organize a parent mental health night to help raise awareness about mental health and bridge the gap between generations!
Staying inside has been an important sacrifice for many during the pandemic, but going outside is an important part of your mental health too.
Take some time with your club to envision how your BC2M club can make the biggest impact in mental health awareness in your community.
In need of a calming indoor activity? Folding origami might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Making connections with new people can be hard, even when face-to-face interaction is possible. Use these icebreakers to welcome new peers into the BC2M community and reconnect with returning members.
In the U.S., 20 people experience domestic violence every minute. Learn more about healthy and unhealthy relationships, signs of abusive relationships, and the effects of domestic violence on mental health.
Check out this presentation that empowers club members while suggesting tools to advocate for specific change within their communities.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 15-24 & the 2nd leading cause of death for those 10-14 & 25-34. Learn more about ways you can help prevent suicide and tips for communicating about suicide in person and online.
Initiating conversations about mental health with family members can feel especially difficult. This presentation provides guidance about this situation.
Learn more about what it means to give proper consent and how it affects our mental health when we are unable to do so.
Bullying affects the mental health of both the bullies and of the bullied. Learn more about the short and long term mental health outcomes of bullying here.
Learn about how to have empathy and compassion for those around you as well as for yourself.
Learn about toxic positivity, student opinions and experiences surrounding the topic, and ways to counteract this phenomenon.
Larger Societal Topics
Research has suggested that many media portrayals of mental illness are stereotypical, negative or totally wrong. Learn more about how the media perpetuates stigma in society.
This presentation is an ideal tool to use to kick off the school year as it provides an opportunity to educate new club members about the different types of stigma and how they can be fought against.
Many teens struggle with academic stress and test anxiety. Learn more about sources of academic stress and test anxiety, their effects on mental health, and healthy coping strategies.
Society’s beauty expectations can have a substantial consequences on one’s self
– esteem and mental health in general. Read on to learn more as well as some tips to counterbalance these negative effects.
The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Learn more about how the unique experience of migration can directly impact a person’s mental health experience.
At any given moment, there are more people with chronic mental illness who experience homelessness than those who receive medical attention. Learn more about this very real relationship between homelessness and mental illness in the United States.
Social media is not all bad. Learn about the positive and negative impacts that social media has had on the mental health of iGen (Gen Z).
Mental illness is not the cause of community gun violence, but community gun violence can make an impact on our mental health status. Learn more about the connection between community gun violence and mental health here.
Institutional racism affects all BIPOC individuals, both in visible and invisible ways. Learn more about how this embedded disadvantage can affect your or your peers’ mental health.
Many of us are aware of the impending consequences of accelerating climate change, and feel powerless to do anything. This feeling is called climate anxiety, and while it can seem paralyzing, it doesn’t have to be. Learn how to navigate stress around climate change, and how you can be an activist and advocate for our environment.
Self care is talked about a lot in the media nowadays, but what really does it mean? Learn more about the proven benefits of practicing self – care.
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting 300 million people. By adulthood, 20% of teens will have experienced depression. Learn more about warning signs, symptoms, and effects of depression, as well as tips for helping a friend with depression.
Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self-injury. Learn more about the reasons people self-injure, the effects on mental health, tips for coping with self-injury urges, and ways to help a friend who self-injures.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders worldwide, affecting 1 in 13 globally. Learn more about signs and symptoms of different anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, tips for managing anxiety, and tools for helping a friend with an anxiety disorder.
Ever wonder what comes next after receiving a mental health diagnosis? This presentation covers the many different kinds of mental health treatment and which conditions they benefit most.
Substance-Use Disorders are not the product of poor life choices. They are a real mental health condition. Help to end the stigma by learning more about the facts and realities of substance-use disorders here.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that is still often very misunderstood by those who have not experienced it. Learn more about the facts, signs, and symptoms of experiencing bipolar here.
ADHD can have very serious effects, yet it is often misunderstood and not taken seriously. Learn more about the realities of living with ADHD, common misconceptions, and current controversies.
Personality disorders affect 9% of U.S. adults, but they are often misunderstood and stigmatized. Learn more about personality, the 10 different personality disorders, and how to support those living with personality disorders.
Eating disorders (EDs) can negatively affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity. Eating disorders are characterized by both physical and psychological symptoms, and in serious cases can even result or hospitalization or death. Learn about the different types of EDs and how to seek help if you suspect you may be suffering from an ED.
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is challenging to understand if you have not experienced it yourself. There are many common misconceptions about what it is like to live with PTSD. Learn the key facts, statistics, and realities here.
LGBTQ people are 3x more likely to deal with mental health problems. Find out more.
A person’s cultural identity deeply influences their experiences with mental health in America. Learn more about the unique perspectives of the Asian American community.
The United States has the second-largest Hispanic population in the world after Mexico. Learn more about the unique experiences of the Hispanic + Latinx communities with mental health.
Learn about how you can validate and support your trans peers as an ally.
Learn about the unique stigma that native and indigenous peoples face in the U.S. and abroad.
Some people go through lives with hidden benefits, while others face additional challenges. Learn to recognize the privileges you have, and those that you and others don’t.
Learn to use your own privilege to advocate for and uplift other members of your community.
What concrete action can you and others take to be supportive allies?
Recognize, reflect, and celebrate your unique cultural identity
How can the threat of discrimination based on one’s race or ethnicity impact their daily lives?
Trauma doesn’t only affect the way we think and feel, it can also affect our bodies.
Empower yourself to resist injustice through protesting, organizing, art, and more.
Traditional ideas about masculinity hurt everyone – regardless of their gender identity. Learn to unlearn these harmful standards and be yourself.
Learn about the unique experiences of the Middle-Eastern community in the lens of mental health and cultural stigma.