Community Action Project: Mental Health {Printable and Digital Option}

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Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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High school mental health is an important topic for teenagers, one that is relevant and impacts each one of your students in some way, either directly or indirectly. This community action project is a great way for students to learn more about mental health in the community and contribute to mental health issues that have personal meaning to each student.

Students will choose one topic or issue related to mental health, study that issue, design an action plan, and take action. This experience is a mix of project-based learning, service-learning, and problem-based learning.

Each student or small group will identify one issue that they identify through research, questioning, and observation. In this case, the issue they will explore and act on is related to mental illness. Students will choose a specific issue under the theme of mental illness such as the stigma associated with it, resources for teens with mental illness, treatments, legislation, and more. Students will brainstorm solutions to their identified issues or problem, develop a plan of action, and act! Their goal is to make a positive, long-term impact on the community.

This product includes all of the guiding materials necessary to accomplish such an important learning experience. There is a printable and digital option (to be used with Google Apps).

Note: The PDF is not editable. The digital version offers the option to overlay text and images and to remove or delete slides to fit your needs.


Projects should be expected to take anywhere from 2-6 weeks. The range is wide because it depends on how much classroom time you dedicate to the projects, which brainstorming activities you implement, skill level, age level, etc.

Benefits of Community Action Projects:

Community action projects result in meaningful learning experiences and opportunities for self-reflection and growth. They teach important social-emotional skills such as empathy and self-reliance.  They help students build important life and career skills such as collaboration and problem-solving. Most importantly, community action projects give students the tools to make a positive impact on the community long after they have completed the project, finished the class, or graduated from school.

Resource Includes:

  • Teacher guide
  • Project topic brainstorming activity suggestions
  • Supplemental materials for topic brainstorming activities
  • Concept map to organize project topic potential
  • Two project proposals (1 - research the issue, 2- take action)
  • Exploring solutions brainstorming guide
  • Rubric 1: teacher-created rubric for project part 1 - researching the issue
  • Rubric 2: student-generated rubric template for project part 2 - taking action
  • Category and levels of mastery word banks for student-generated rubrics
  • Daily check-in form
  • Project reflection guide sheet

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Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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