Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Recommended Resources: Defeating Depression – Soul Talk

Depression has been described as the common cold of Western mental illness. In "Defeating Depression", Belinda Stott explains the six different types of depression and how to heal from each of them. The framework provided for this talk has been developed by Kiwi counsellor David J.... See more

Community Builders: Give Them a Hand

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Build positive self-esteem with this easy-to-run activity.
Pre-make paper hands, or have each participant trace their own hand on a piece of paper and tape it to their back. Then the whole group walks around and individuals write a one word POSITIVE description of the person whose back they are... See more

Community Builders: Warm Fuzzies

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Hand round a piece of paper with your name at the top and invite everyone to write a positive quality about you before passing it on to the next person.
Or for a twist on this classic activity, get one person to stand in front of a blank whiteboard. Give everyone else whiteboard markers, and... See more

Hooks: Famous Failures

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Just because you have failed at something, doesn't mean you are a failure. Here are some famous people who have suffered rejection and failure. You can use their stories to spark discussion about topics such as self-esteem and depression.
Michael Jordan
After being cut from his high school... See more

Hooks: Prof Ann Eyeland

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

These are fun activities that help young people explore topics around loneliness and our need for relationships.  The name 'Ann Eyeland' plays on and discredits the idea "I am an island"
Meet Professor Ann Eyeland
'The word is out. Professor Ann Eyeland, the recluse from the South Pole... See more

Senior Youth: Depression

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Opener
Share a time when you were really down or depressed (the goal is to show how common and normal depression is.)
OR
Show the YouTube clip Like Minds campaign: You make the difference (John Kirwan) (1m 2secs).
Depression in the Bible
EITHER: Introduce (or play) the... See more