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Grade 9 - 12 TAMI

Talking About Mental Illness Grade 9-12 (TAMI)

Talking About Mental Illness (T.A.M.I.) is a program that was designed predominantly for secondary school students in 2001 by the Canadian Mental Health Association & the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This program increases awareness about mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it.

Communities are proving they can make a difference through education and awareness programs. TAMI helps to increase the understanding of mental health/illness. It is intended to dispel common misconceptions regarding mental disorders and those living with a mental illness. Students are introduced to various topics such as Mental Health/Illness, Types of Disorders, suicideTALK, Stress Management and when possible a testimonial from a person with lived experience. The comprehensive 4-5 session package has been designed to meet the mental health component identified for the Grade 11 Health and Physical Education course.

*Please note that session 5 is optional and available based on speaker availability.

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  • Session 1 Grades 9-12
  • Session 2 Grades 9-12
  • Session 3 Grades 9-12
  • Session 4 Grades 9-12
  • Session 5 Grades 9-12

Session 1
Mental Health/Illness

This presentation is an introduction to topics relating to mental health and mental illness. This interactive presentation is designed to engage students in the learning process.

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Topics include:

Session 2
Types of Disorders

This presentation educates the participants about the common types of mental disorders, where to get help. Videos are used to facilitate an understanding of each type of disorder. A look at famous people living with mental illness is also explored.

Topics include:

    • ADD/ADHDleft logo
    • Eating Disorders
    • Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Community resources



Session 3

This educational session is intended to increase participant’s awareness and general understanding of suicidal behavior. Warning signs, risk factors, tips on developing

 Mind Your Mind

helping attitudes, and identification of community resources are discussed.

 Topics include:

    • Should we talk about suicide?
    • Talk steps (reaching out)
    • Life promotion
    • Impact of bullying
    • Help Card



Session 4
Stress Management

This presentation offers simple, practical tips on how to reduce and manage stress that may negatively impact our lives.Stress Test

Topics include: 

    • Definition of stress
    • Positive stress
    • Negative Stress
    • Signs & Symptoms
    • Tips to manage stress
    • Positive thinking
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Session 5

This presentation allows students to hear the story of a person with a lived experience share messages of hope and recovery. There is an opportunity for students to ask questions and learn more about the available resources in our community on mental health.