Health Science, Health Education, School Counseling
Material Type:
Assessment, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Reference Material
ACE, Anxiety, Coping, Coping With Stress, Depression, Stress, Trauma
Creative Commons Attribution
Media Formats:
Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

Education Standards

Let's Talk About Coping

Let's Talk About Coping


Let’s Talk About Coping is an educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy to help students learn about mental health and provide information on how healthy coping behaviors can reduce stress, depression, and other trauma related factors.

This lesson plan highlights: difference between mental health and mental illness, why mental health is important, stigmas and myths of mental health, and coping strategies for mental health.

Let's Talk About Coping

Tips for presenting:

  • Use plain language – the script is designed using health literacy standards allowing educational equity for all learners
  • Keep it interactiveask lots of questions and encourage dialogue amongst the students to help keep them stay engaged
  • Listen to answers – you will learn something new every time
  • Ask questions – practice teach back techniques by asking students questions about the curriculum covered. This does not have to be a quiz, but a time to ask them what key messages they took away from the lesson.

Let’s Talk About Coping lesson plan topics:

  • Difference between mental health and mental illness
  • Why mental health is important
  • Stigmas and myths of mental health
  • Coping strategies for mental health


This lesson plan includes:

  • Interactive presentation with an instructor script embedded in the notes
  • Pre- and post-surveys designed to assess students’ knowledge of curriculum
  • Web link to Wisconsin Center for Resilient Schools providing resources for schools to get free mental health coaching


Curriculum materials were designed to promote student engagement and enhance educational equity for all students. WHL applies evidence-based research and concepts to develop content that is inclusive to audiences of different backgrounds and abilities. WHL follows health literacy standards by using plain language and writing curriculum around the 5th grade reading level. All materials developed are reviewed and approved by medical professionals.