Connecting in the Classroom
We believe that 1) teens are resilient, 2) teens can gain coping skills to positively guide their lives, and 3) negative perceptions around mental health and seeking help can be turned around.
YouthLine offers classroom outreach across Oregon to help teens tackle common life stressors. Our 45- to 90-minute lessons are tailored to your classroom and designed to:
- Normalize getting help instead of struggling alone
- Destigmatize mental health and substance use issues
- Identify a personalized safety net of adults and community services
About Our Lessons
We deliver lessons using an interactive co-facilitation design that keeps students engaged. Teen volunteers help initiate and lead discussions that normalize subject matter.
For more information or to find out how your organization can benefit from the following lessons, contact YouthL@linesforlife.org or 971-244-1378.
Coping with Stress
Learning to manage stress fosters resiliency and boosts capacity to develop independence
Classes build their own definitions of stress, identify what causes them stress, and discuss how people cope with stress in both helpful and unhelpful ways. Through brainstorming activities, teens learn to identify the stressors in their lives. Students identify a trusted adult and begin evaluating their own behavior for helpful and unhelpful coping strategies.
Skill building: recognize stressors, distinguish between healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms, identify appropriate resources, increase help-seeking behaviors
Moving past stigma improves life-saving ability to recognize and address the signs of suicide
This lesson combats the stigma around suicidal ideation and depression and gives students a chance to talk about these uncomfortable topics. Teens learn to recognize the signs of suicidal ideation, gauge their personal comfort level with the topic, and identify how to help a friend in crisis.
Skill building: recognize the prevalence of suicide in Oregon, learn warning signs and symptoms of both suicidal thoughts and depression, identify help-seeking behaviors
Recognize peer pressure when it happens and learn how stay true to you.
Students learn to sort through the complicated nuances of peer pressure and distinguish between positive and negative pressures. Students become better equipped to recognize peer pressure when it happens and learn how to manage and deal with it when it happens.
Skill building: practice refusal skills, encourage critical thinking behind decisions and what influences them, identify trusted adults for help
Knowing the dynamics and socio-emotional impacts of bullying increases empathy
Classes learn to identify different types of bullying and cyber bullying and analyze the three main roles that exist in bullying situations: the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. Students work to recognize power dynamics and the social-emotional consequences of each role.
Skill building: understand school policies protecting students, encourage students to speak up as bystanders, identify and define all the roles in a bully situation, identify a trusted adult for help.
Teen Decision Making
Understanding brain science helps put risky behavior in perspective
Classes focus on how teens make decisions and why. Using interactive brain models and a risk continuum, students develop an understanding of how risky decisions might play out in their personal life.
Skill building: understand teen brain development, determine realistic ways to avoid risk, increase help seeking behaviors, identify resources for when things don’t go as planned
Lessons meet Oregon Department of Education Health Standards for Analyzing Influences, Accessing Information, Self-Management, Advocacy, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Interpersonal Communication