Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Rob Weisskirch


There is an information gap among adolescents regarding mental health knowledge. In order to reduce stigma of mental illness and promote help seeking, there is a need to inform adolescents about mental health as part of overall health, maintaining their mental health, and what to do for themselves and for others who may be affected by issues of depression and anxiety. I created a two-day lesson on mental health that consists of mental illness information, what is stigma, how to reduce mental health stigma, and methods to advocate for better mental health for 11 high school participants from San Benito High School in Hollister, California.