This multi-part assignment is intended to be used with the movie or novel "Dead Poets Society." The focus of this assignment is Teen Depression and Suicide. As students watch the film or read the book, they are asked to look for symptoms of depression and risk factors for suicide in the characters and record their observations. In addition, students are asked to record and evaluate the various ways in which characters respond to the warning signs of suicide exhibited in some of the characters. The concluding activity requires students to imagine they are part of the story and discuss how they would have supported/responded to a friend in need of support.
This resource includes brief summaries of symptoms of depression and risk factors for suicide in teens.
This assignment is appropriate for high school-level Psychology, Health, or Literature courses.
Other Psychology lessons:
Crash Course Psychology: Depressive and Anxiety Disorders
Lesson on Poverty and Toxic Stress in Children
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Character Analysis Activity