Mental Health is unseen and as a result often ignored or not dealt with in the best way. This week Buzzfeed has been making its readers aware of mental health. Many of the posts have been comical but truthful. They are about the challenges that individuals who’s brains process in this way struggle with things others may take for granted. The video seen above might seem a little silly but it is powerful. Have you ever heard the term “spoonie”? If you have it’s probably because you know someone who defines them self as one or you are one. If not here is an article about what being a “spoonie” means.
Mental health is something that is easy to talk about abstractly. However, it is not as easy to talk about in common terms. I wanted to bring this topic to light because for me a students mental and emotional health (or unseen illnesses) are just as valid and important as the ones that can be seen. It is never easy to know what to say to someone struggling with mental health. Sometimes there is no right thing to say other than: I’m here for you, I’m not going to judge you, Do you want to talk?
Many students or parents will be struggling with these unseen illnesses. Here and here are links to the Buzzfeed mental health week opening post and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Remember just like something that can be seen physically a student struggling with something going on that’s unseen needs help too. Here are some ways you can get started in helping.
I was recently working with a teacher who introduced me to something called file folder games. They were used in a station activity and I really liked them. They are easy to create and many are pre created online for you to print and put together. All you need is a folder and some place to laminate the materials. In searching the web, I discovered many of the games are targeted for younger learners (pre k /k) but after seeing so many examples I could easily create my own.
In this post I wanted to include some links to the file folder sites and center ideas. Would you use some of these ideas in your room? What games or stations do you use in class?
Share and Grow,
-This site had some good ideas. However, the games labeled grade 2 seemed a bit young so use a teacher eye!
-I liked that this page gave me some ideas for science and social studies folders. I probably would not use the games for these subjects from this site. However it gave me some good ideas about how to make games similar for my room.
-This blog is wonderful! Shout out to ILovetoTeach! The teacher behind this blog shares many of her stations and prompting ideas. They are beautifully created and online for you to borrow.