Mental Health

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 11, 2020 and last updated on February 19, 2023

Mental health is a topic that affects people from all walks of life, regardless of language or culture. For English learners, practicing engaging conversations questions about mental health can not only improve their overall fluency and vocabulary, but also help them to better understand and communicate their own thoughts and feelings.

Discussions about mental health can also promote empathy and understanding of others, which are valuable skills for effective communication. Additionally, since mental health is a topic that is becoming increasingly relevant and important, practicing conversations about it can help learners to feel more confident and informed when discussing it in English-speaking settings.

A Bit About Mental Health

Although many people try to improve their physical health by exercising and eating healthily, there is now an increased focus on mental health. Conditions related to mental health such as stress, anxiety and depression are now seen as real problems that society as a whole need to recognise.

Although mental health doesn’t have the same stigma as it had in the past, many people still seem to ignore their mental health and only focus on their physical. It is argued that people should spend the same about of time working on their body as they do working on their mind.

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.

Useful Vocabulary

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

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

Conversation Questions

  • Should people focus more on their mental health?
  • Do you do anything to help with your mental health?
  • Do you think people in general ignore their 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.