Mental Health

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 11, 2020 and last updated on July 20, 2023

The topic of Mental Health is of great importance for English learners as it offers insights into a critical aspect of human well-being. By understanding mental health concepts and challenges, learners can develop empathy and better comprehend the complexities of human emotions and behaviours. Additionally, exploring this topic enhances their vocabulary related to psychological terms and enables them to express their own feelings and emotions more effectively. It also fosters awareness, breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, and encourages learners to seek help or support if they or others encounter mental health issues, ultimately leading to personal growth and a more compassionate outlook on life.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Mental Health Review

Mental health, an integral aspect of overall well-being, pertains to the psychological and emotional state of an individual. It encompasses thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and how one copes with life’s challenges. Maintaining good mental health is crucial for a fulfilling and productive life. Various factors, including genetics, environment, and life experiences, influence mental health. Awareness and destigmatization of mental health issues are vital, fostering open discussions and encouraging individuals to seek support and professional help when needed. Prioritizing mental health contributes to a healthier and happier society as a whole.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • health (noun)
  • physical (adjective)
  • focus (verb)
  • work on (phrasal verb)
  • encourage (verb)
  • stress (noun)
  • anxiety (noun)
  • depression (noun)
  • stigma (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Should people focus more on their mental health?
  • Do you do anything to help with your mental health?
  • What kind of things can people do to improve their mental health?
  • Do you think the government should do anything to encourage people to focus on their mental health?
  • What role does exercise and physical activity play in maintaining good mental health?
  • How can we reduce the stigma around mental health issues and promote open discussion?
  • Can music, art, or other creative pursuits help improve mental health?
  • How can people find support for mental health issues when they don't have access to professional help?
  • Is it important to have a work-life balance to maintain good mental health? Why or why not?
  • How do family and social relationships impact mental health, and what can be done to strengthen them?
  • How can mindfulness and meditation practices help with mental health, and have you ever tried them?
  • What do you think is the most common misconception about mental health, and how can it be corrected?
  • Should schools incorporate mental health education into their curriculum?
  • Should employers be required to provide mental health services to their employees?
  • Do you think mental health services should be free and accessible to everyone regardless of their ability to pay?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.