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Project | 8 Weeks

On Our Minds Podcast


In this assignment, you will learn how to make your own podcast segment about an issue related to mental health. You will learn how to create an audio story, write a script, and edit audio. The result: a 3-5 minute audio story about a young person and their experience with mental health. Click on the Assignment Tab above to view the project.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to record AUDIO INTERVIEWS (in person or virtually)
  • Understand how to gather AUDIO SCENES
  • Understand how to TRANSCRIBE recorded audio
  • Critically think about story STRUCTURE and create a SCRIPT
  • Understand how to EDIT AUDIO to form a cohesive narrative

Why Mental Health?

Global and national events plus all that is going on in our homes and neighborhoods affect our MENTAL HEALTH.

What is mental health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices [source]. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: biological factors (such as genes or brain chemistry), life experiences, and family history.

Mental illness is on the rise among adolescents, with 1 in 5 teenagers living with a severe mental disorder [source]. And 70% of teens say that anxiety and depression are major problems among people their age in their community [source]. That means that mental concerns are really common. There are many resources available, though young people may not always know where to go for help.

Why report on mental health? The media plays a crucial role in advancing our understanding of mental health and reducing stigmas around these conditions. Youth journalists, in particular, have a unique perspective and opportunity to show what mental health really looks like for young people, what kind of services are available to them, and the real stories behind the statistics.

Classroom Conversations

Before embarking with your students on generating story ideas and diving into production, it is important to first:

  • Have class conversations about mental health. You could invite your school counselor or nurse to join you in these discussions.


  • Familiarize yourself with podcasts and talk with your students about how podcasting can be a great format for telling mental health stories.

External Podcast Resources:

Some great podcasts to listen to with your students:


Writing - Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Speaking and Listening - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Demonstrate technical support related to media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Language - Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. (ISTE)

Demonstrate writing processes used in journalism and broadcasting media.

Demonstrate the use of basic tools and equipment used in audio, video and film production.

Analyze the legal and ethical responsibilities required in the arts, audio/visual technology and communications workplace.

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (ISTE)

Plan and deliver a media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Demonstrate technical support skills for audio, video and film productions.

Reading - Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Writing - Production and Distribution of Writing

Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration






Mental Health







Mobile Phone



Estimated Time

8 Weeks