- To take the perspective of someone with a mental illness to increase awareness and promote tolerance
- To develop helpful responses to hurtful statements that others make to individuals with mental illnesses
- To create own “shoes” and poems that highlight each person’s uniqueness. The “shoes” move beyond singular labels or stereotypes, which can stifle tolerance
Just Because…Poems 5-10 min
- Complete your own “Just Because…” Poem using the Just Because…Template.
- Have a few people share their poem.
- How do these poems help promote respect?
- Why is it important to remember to look past stereotypes?
Walk In Our Shoes 15-20 min
- Break up into groups (9 or fewer groups) and assign each group a “character” from http://walkinourshoes.org/#/our-stories. Options include:
- Each group should watch their assign charatcer’s story on: http://walkinourshoes.org/#/our-stories (each video is approximately 3 minutes)
- How did it feel to hear your assigned character’s senario?
- Did it change your perspective on mental illness?
- How can you be more aware of your words? Why is it important to be aware?
- What was the most eye opening part of these scenarios for you?
Create your “shoe” 5-7 min
- Visit the following website: http://walkinourshoes.org/shoe and click “Get Started”
- Choose your own shoes and three traits that describe you.
- You can share your personal shoe on the website’s gallery, or print them off and post them in the school!
**Should computers not be available to the students, have students complete the activity on their cell phone or make their own shoe on paper.
- Where is the Love by Black-Eyed Peas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FotCW5OIFZc