Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Depression Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you think it means to have depression?
  • What do you think are the signs of depression?

During (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

  • Timecode 1:10: How does depression differ from sadness?
  • Timecode 1:50: What are some of the effects of depression?
  • Timecode 2:22: How are signs of depression different in kids?
  • Timecode 4:44: What are some ways to treat depression?


  • Why might people not realize that depression is a disease like asthma or diabetes?
  • What’s the most surprising fact you learned about depression?
  • What are some things people can do if they think they’re depressed?
  • Why is it ok to tell a parent or counselor about a friend’s depression, even if your friend doesn’t want you to?


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments