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ERIC Number: ED459411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Breaking the Silence: Teaching the Next Generation about Mental Illness. For Upper Elementary Grades. Third Edition.
Susin, Janet; Kaplan, Lorraine; Slater, Louise
This guide provides curriculum lessons for the upper elementary school student that put a human face on mental illness and confront myths passed on from one generation to the next. One in five children will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. The goal of these lessons is help students understand that severe mental illnesses are brain disorders that can be diagnosed and treated just like other physical illnesses. The objectives are for students to: (1) be sensitized to the pain caused by making fun of people who have mental illness; (2) relate mental illness to other physical illnesses; and (3) be informed about the nature of mental illness and its treatment. Stories are used to stress the point about what are healthy ways to respond to mental illness. Several suggestions for classroom activities are included. The packet also includes an instructional poster and a follow-up questionnaire. (JDM)
National Association for the Mentally Ill Queens/Nassau, 1983 Marcus Avenue, C-103, Lake Success, NY 11042 ($12.50 + $3 s/h, another $1.50 s/h each additional packet; $35 for the complete set + $5 s/h, another $2.50 s/h for each additional set). Tel: 516-326-0797; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A