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Mental Illness Public Service Announcement

Socially-based Curriculum Unit

In this unit, developed for HSP3M (Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation), students will research a particular mental illness.  They will then script, rehearse and present to the class a short public service announcement (PSA).  Students may choose either a television or radio format.  The PSA must increase awareness and hopefully tolerance in the general public about this illness.

The goals of this activity are:

  1. The students gain empathy for people who suffer from mental illness and learn to recognize and avoid stereotypes.
  2. Students become aware that many mental illnesses are diagnosed in adolescence.
  3. Students practise research skills and find out how to access community resources.
  4. Students practise presentation skills for a specific audience with a specific purpose.

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