Mental, Emotional, and Social Health

Mental/Emotional Health

WHO defines mental health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease". It is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, and the treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by mental disorders.


Topics Covered:

  • Self worth/content

  • Decision making

  • Responsibilities

  • State of mind


Social Health

  • Bonding to peers, family, community

  • Communication

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Bullying/Name calling

  • Community health

  • Consumer health – Social media

  • Decision making – Violence/gangs

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject          Health

Grade             8th

Unit                Mental/Social/Emotional Health

Pacing            3 Class periods



Essential Questions:

  • What are mental health issues?Where can you seek information on this topic or receive help?
  • What are social influences on your decision-making?
  • How can relationships with a significant other or your peers affect your emotions or mental well-being?
  • Does affect your mental/emotional health?What are stressors that can affect you?
  • What are warning signs for depression or suicide?
  • What skills help manage stress?
  • What are mental disorders?


    Big Ideas:

  • Understanding what mental disorders are.
  • Practicing effective communication skills to promote health family and peer relationships.
  • Utilizing sources for help with mental/emotional unstableness.
  • Demonstrating different ways to help deescalate and manage stress.
  • Identifying warning signs of a mental disorder, signs of depression and suicidal behavior.



CT State Standards (Comprehensive School Health Standards):

C.S.H Standard 1
Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.

C.S.H Standard 2
Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and health-promoting products and services.

C.S.H Standard 3
Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors to reduce health risks.

C.S.H Standard 4
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology and other factors on health.

C.S.H Standard 8
Demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.





Prioritizing and demonstrating strategies for maintaining healthy relationships


Apply, utilize and understand (affect on self)

Solving interpersonal conflicts properly


Apply, Understand (Skills)

Healthy ways to express needs, wants and feelings


Apply (Skills, strategies)

Mental, emotional and social relationships


Understand, Analyze (Concepts, how it enriches and effects)

Family, cultural diversity, personal health behaviors


Analyze (Comparing & contrasting)

Communication skills

Apply (Skills, strategies)


Strategies in relationships and conflicts

Apply, Understand (Practice skills)


Mental/Social Health Concepts

Understand (Mental, social and emotional concepts)




Topics covered/vocabulary:


Mental disorders, Self worth, Decision making, Responsibilities, State of mind, Relationships, Peers/Family/Community relationships, Communication, Interpersonal skills, Bullying/name calling, Community health, Consumer health (social media), Self esteem, Goal setting, Depression, Suicide, Abusive relationships, Body language