22 Mental Health Event Ideas for High Schools (student council, mental health club, health class + more)

Hey girl hey. And boy.

Youth are among the highest risk populations for suicide (according to stats from YMHC) and mental health is one of the biggest social issues affecting high school students today. If you’re part of a student council or committee trying to combat this issue, it can be difficult to find events that are fun and engaging but raise awareness at the same time. February was mental health awareness month at my school and today, I’ll be sharing 22 ideas that you could bring to your own schools in any month of the year! Also, this could apply to Elementary schools and Universities as well – I just think that it’s the hardest to engage high school students, but do let me know if it works out elsewhere. Without further ado, let’s get starteddd.


 

  1. All School Sports Tournament

Many high school students participate in school sports, so bringing a sports tournament event at lunch can help reduce stress levels and be a coping method for many. You can even provide free lunch afterwards to draw people in. At my school, we did a basketball match on one side and volleyball in the other. But sports of interest can vary from school to school.

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2. Colouring Mandalas 

Now this one wasn’t too popular at our school, but if you have artistic stress-free activities such as colouring or painting, those can be advertised through the arts department and you can have a therapeutic art session at lunch.

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3. DIY Stress Balls

There are so many DIY’s out there with stress ball making like this one but some members from my student council used balloons and there are all sorts of stuffings you can use like shaving cream, beads and instant snow mix.

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4. Self-Love Valentines

We did this one on Valentine’s day, but getting people to write love letters to themselves can be so empowering, especially when we live in a world where our image relies on the validation of other people. We paired this one with Hersheys Kisses and it had a cool turnout.

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5. Meditation/Yoga Session

You can get coaches from the community to host this because I remember we did this one last year and it was sooo relaxing.

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6. Spa Day

We have a hair salon class in our school but if you don’t, try arranging a table with nail polish, face masks, lotions..etc for a spa day activity.

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7. DIY Soap

This would be so cool for students to take home. Scents can soothe their nerves as well.

8. Make Your Own Parfait

We did this with mini yogurt containers and added containers with toppings. We even had the option to write someone else’s name and a nice note to pass it forward.

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9. Zumba

Now I know it sounds like a corny 60 year old activity but Zumba is genuinely an uplifting activity and you can host this in a classroom, gym or hallway.

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10. Therapy Dogs

Many different health care facilities offer therapy dogs for a day in schools. You could even have a Bring Your Dog to School Day but I don’t know how chaotic that can get haha.

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11. Handling Stress Workshop

Appoint a teacher or social worker or even student to hold a workshop in a classroom at lunch. The topics covered could be stress, time management, anxiety..etc.

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12. Students Help Students Lounge

This could be an event where selected students from a student council or something could set up a few chairs and students can come in and have one on one talks for advice or ranting. Make it clear that you’re not actual counselors but that sometimes people just need others to listen.

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13. Homeless Kits Making 

Sometimes people just need to look at others less fortunate to put their problems into perspective. And sometimes even people with real mental health issues feel their souls are fed when thinking of circumstances that they aren’t in. And it’s fun assembling these too so that’s a bonus.

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14. Free Food

No exchange. Just giving out free snacks or chocolate to light up people’s days.

15. Kindness Post It’s Around The School 

We did this on World Kindness Day but write kind messages and post them on people’s lockers.

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16. PSA

Make a video on mental health awareness and get teachers to stream it in their homerooms.

17. Mental Health Booths

Set up booths with Bristol boards and talk about different mental health disorders that people might not talk about as often as depression and anxiety (eg. anorexia, bipolar..etc). Include baskets of chocolate at each booth to encourage people to learn.

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18. Mental Health Wall

This isn’t really an event but as a student council we made a scale of 1-10 with a heading “how are you….really?” and then one thing you can do at each state. I’ll share each one so that if you end up doing this, you don’t have to spend 2 hours planning like us haha.

1: Find Help (qr codes to kidshelpline and hotlines)

2: Guidance Counselor poster information

3: Attend the mental health club (meeting times and day)

4: Go to *destination* for a treat

5: Listen to this song (Fight Song qr code)

6: Get motivated (inspirational quotes)

7: Have a laugh (jokes)

8: Share your relaxation tips

9: Try something new (qr code to things to start doing)

10: Spread the love

19. You Aren’t Alone Wall 

Let students sign a giant paper if they have been affected by a mental illness.

20. Healthy Lunch Making

We did a sandwich making bar and it went super well.

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21. Try Not To Laugh Videos

You can have these on social media but just have a projector with funny videos and a concession stand and bam you have a lunch time event.

22. Open a Mental Health Space 

We have ours in front of the caf with rugs and bean bags, but it would also be cool to have books, stress balls and free snacks.

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I’ll make a whole other posts on fundraisers but those work as well to raise money for mental health non profits!

Anddd that’s all for today.

Which idea was your favourite?

What events or initiatives have you seen at your schools? 

I’ll see you in my next post.

Bayyy. 💞

14 thoughts on “22 Mental Health Event Ideas for High Schools (student council, mental health club, health class + more)

  1. Ash Ronnel says:

    Aww, these ideas are so perfect!!! The self-love Valentine’s day letter is so sweet and I totally agree that practicing self love on Valentine’s day is the best thing to do. 😉 Awesome post! ❤

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  2. Jo says:

    *claps*

    say it LOUDER for the people in the back bay, you amazing person
    i really wish someone did these in the social circles i had when i was younger, but then that’s all the more reason to start it up in the ones i have now so here’s to being kinder and easing our minds just a bit

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  3. Gracie says:

    Amazing post💙 Our society so obviously needs to change in so many ways when it comes to tackling the mental health crisis and giving young people a more hopeful future, but it’s all the little things that contribute to that. As you know I am a huge advocate for young people getting involved in their communities and through coming together in small ways to support each other that can begin to happen. Love these ideas and thank you for sharing ❤

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    • Bayance says:

      Ahhh Gracie preach!!! 100% agreed!!! Thank you so much for reading and I hope that if more people started little iniatives at school, school could be a better environment for all teens. Thank you for this lovely comment!

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  4. cluelessceres says:

    This was sooo amazing!!!
    It really made me wish the student council had more freedom in our school, we could do so much more for the student body….
    And although we do put up a play on mental health week and conduct classroom activities, these ideas are so bomb we should definitely be doing more!!!
    Its horrible how much people think mental well being is not important because it doesnt lead to a physical ailment, bcos even though the effects aren’t apparent, it hurts way more and destroys way more in a person than most other health issues…
    This was beautiful, Bay!!
    Also, (obviously) free food is the best idea, I mean come on, everyone loves free food💛

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    • Bayance says:

      Ahh tysm!! Yesss I’m grateful we have a budget but does your council have many regulations? What kind of things do they do? Oooo a play that is so cool!!! What kind of classroom activities? I love these ideas – tell me more. And omg facts 😭 the other day I heard this girl say “I don’t understand why people say they’re suffering when they have a roof over their head” – I was like oof I used to think this way but now I realize how awful human beings feel when they don’t have a sense of importance or value in their families and communities. And although personally I don’t struggle, I don’t know people’s circumstances and what internal struggles they are going through. Tysm! And yasss free food all the way!

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  5. cluelessceres says:

    yeah, we’ve gotta get approvals over approvals for even the smallest things……. honestly, the number of times we’ve had to run around in a single day just to get permissions for an event is so so annoying( and they don’t give it so easily either :\ ) and many a time people just give up and I think that’s the reason much of our council is unresponsive or uninterested…..it makes me sad..
    ooooh i love planning classroom activities, and it was super fun for mental health week cus this time we got to plan different ones for each day of the week… we did more interactive ones for the juniors (the first graders had to to talk about all the stuff they love about themselves, second graders had to write a letter of support to their peers, etc etc) but for the higher grades, (I’m not too sure who planned these, i definitely did not have a say bcos if i did, it would have been much weirder lol) we had, like, deep discussions and a debate on mind over matter, i think?(funnily enough, THAT ended in a fight) but, yeah it was fun, but I dunno, to really stress the importance of mental health, i think we need more large scale activities to bring the student community together…..
    hmmmm a lot of people think that way, but we’ve got to understand that while not having a safe place to call home may be more distressing for some, it could be the other way around for others…… there’s a HUGE difference between being content and being happy, and everyone deserves to be more than just content: they deserve to be happy.
    Bay, you’re an angel for doing so so much to reach out, and to understand the struggle, you’re truly a WONDERFUL person!!!!<3

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    • Bayance says:

      Ooof I’m sorry to hear that 😦 We have a bit of beef with admin in our council as well but I’m not too involved in that aspect. Aww I love thattt!! Wow a fight isn’t good. xD But yes and I’m sure you’ll be the one stepping your foot into making your council reach more students!!
      Trueee and I personally believe that home is where your family is or where the people you love are. So if you have a physical home but it is not a mentally safe or reassuring place to be in, then it’s not even a home.
      Shhhh I’m NOT, you are, and I appreciate YOU for everything that you’re doing for mental health!! ❤

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