Mental Health Jeopardy
Submitted by Melissa Conarroe of PATHS at Pardee
Size of Group: 4-16
Equipment/Supplies Needed: White board, expo markers, tape, bells (or signs to hold up), list of Jeopardy questions, category tiles, and number tiles.
Activity/Treatment Objective or Expected Outcome: Educational game of Jeopardy used to teach mental illness patients about mental health. Participants will learn about symptoms, medications, coping skills, causes, and types of mental illnesses.
Description of the Activity:
1. Tape point-value cards on a wall beside the white board.
2. Divide participants into teams depending on the total number in the group. Allow them to choose a title for their team. Write the team names on the white board.
3. Instruct participants to choose a category and the number of points they want to go for.
4. Ask the team a question related to mental health and tell them to work together to come up with an answer.
5. Each time is provided a dry-erase marker, and whenever the team has agreed on an answer, one member from the team will write it on the board; the writer/answerer will rotate with each round, giving each person equal opportunity. Bells/dingers can also be used if group is not able to run to board.
6. Which ever team correctly answers the question first, wins the round. If the team is unable to answer the question correctly, the next team can steal the question by answering it with the correct answer. This continues until all teams have had the chance to answer the question.
7. Leader should keep score on white board where all members can see. If there is a tie between two at the end of the game, provide a tie breaker question for both teams to answer.
• 100 – A symptom of depression is a persistently ____ mood.
Answer: SAD or DEPRESSED or UNHAPPY
• 200 – Name 2 symptoms of withdrawal.
Answers: SWEATING, GOOSEBUMPS, VOMITING, ANXIETY, INSOMNIA, or MUSCLE PAIN
• 300 – This symptom occurs when you stop liking your favorite hobby/activity.
Answer: LACK OF INTEREST /PLEASURE
• 400 – Abnormal physical or psychological features that follow the abrupt discontinuation of a drug that has the capability of producing physical dependence
Answer: WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOM
• 100 – Give the name of one antidepressant.
Answers: PROZAN, ZOLOFT, PAXIL, CELEXA, LEXAPRO, LUVOX, EFFEXOR, CYMBALTA, WELLBUTRIN, ELAVIL, LIMBITROL, NORPRAMIN, SINEQUAN, TOFRANIL, PAMELOR, AVENTYL, VIVACTIL, NARDIL, MARPLAN, or PARNATE.
• 200 –What do antidepressants attempt to fix?
Answer: THEY TRY TO CORRECT THE IMBALANCES IN NEUROTRANSMITTERS
• 300 – When a person begins medication, what symptoms improve before the depressed mood improves?
Answer: ENERGY LEVELS AND THE ABILITY TO TAKE ACTION (MAKE DECISIONS).
• 400 – How long does it take for antidepressants to start having an effect?
Answer: 2-4 WEEKS.
• 100 – A cause of depression is an imbalance in ____.
Answer: NEUROTRANSMITTERS or IMBALANCED CHEMICALS IN BRAIN.
• 200 – If these people have a history of depression, you are put at a higher risk for depression.
Answer: FAMILY MEMBERS
• 300 – Name 2 major life events that may cause a person to have depression.
Answers: DEATH OF A LOVED ONE, MAJOR LOSS OR CHANGE, CHRONIC STRESS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, VICTIM OF ABUSE.
• 400 – Name one of the three neurotransmitters involved with depression.
Answer: NOREPINEPHRINE, SEROTONIN, or DOPAMINE.
• 100 – A natural way to get in shape and increase feelings of happiness is to ____.
• 200 – Who could you talk to about your feelings of depression/addiction?
Answers: FAMILY, CLOSE FRIEND, COUNSELOR, SOCIAL WORKER, SPONSOR, DOCTOR, THERAPIST, TEACHER, ETC.
• 300 – What are 2 ways of improving your self-esteem?
Answers: LEARNING NEW SKILL, NEW INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES, WRITING, SAYING GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF, ETC.
• 400 – What are benefits of having good coping skills?
Answers: ABILITY TO DECREASE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION OR CRAVINGS, BETTER MANAGEMENT OF EMOTIONS, A BETTER MOOD, OR HIGHER SELF-ESTEEM, ETC.
• 100 – Name a well-known support group associated with alcoholism?
Answer: AA (Alcoholic’s Anonymous)
• 200 – A strong desire to consume a particular substance is a ____?
• 300 – When a person gradually needs a larger dose of a drug to feel the same effect, it is called ____.
Answer: INCREASED TOLERANCE
• 400 – A primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry is referred to as ____.
Tie Breaker Questions:
• How many adults in the U.S. have an addiction?
Answer: 23.5 MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS – 10% OF POPULATION
• What percentage of people diagnosed with depression are treated effectively and return to their usual daily lives?
Answer: 80% - 90%
1.) Name 2 things you learned throughout the game.
2.) What do you think the purpose of this Jeopardy game was?
3.) How do you think this can help you with recovery from drugs/alcohol or mental health?