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This poster creatively lists over forty well-known people who live or are believed to have lived with mental illness, including historical figures. Answer Key details the reasons each person is famous (actor, author, inventor, physicist, etc.), as well as his or her specific mental illness (depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, panic attacks, etc.). The caption at the bottom reads "PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS ENRICH OUR LIVES."
In addition, this would be especially useful for sensitivity training to help students consider the abilities of the mentally ill.
This poster could be a wonderful springboard for biography essays, research papers and projects. One great idea (before displaying the poster for all to see) is to begin by giving each student a name (or allowing them to choose their own), then have students research on the internet to discover what all these people have in common. Teachers can use this to guide students through the writing process. This will generate intense discussions regarding our assumptions and the abilities of people with mental illness.
This will also be a wonderful gift for specific students because it’s so easy to print. You can print it on colored paper or on specialty paper to enhance the poster. It can even be useful simply posted inconspicuously in the classroom.
Duration of lessons/unit depends on teacher focus.
This poster is tried and tested in the classroom, yours from Paradise Unlimited New England!