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Activity Title: Mental Health Jeopardy

Source: Conarroe, M. The “Mental Health Jeopardy”. Retrieved from
http://www.recreationtherapy.com/tx/jeopardy2.htm
Equipment: white board, dry erase markers, tape, jeopardy questions, category
tiles, number tiles
Activity Description: The objective of this activity is educate patients with mental
illness(es) about mental health. The participants will actively learn about the signs
and symptoms, causes, different types of mental illness, different forms of
medications, and coping skills. To begin, point values will need to be taped next to
the white board. Divide the participants into teams, depending on the size of the
group. The participants will be able to choose their team name, the team names
will be written on the board. The CTRS will then ask each team a question related
to mental health and will have the opportunity to work together to get an answer.
Each team is given a marker, when the team agrees on an answer; one member
from the team will write the answer on the board. The writer will be rotated each
round to give each member of the team an opportunity to participate. The team
that correctly answers the question first, wins the round. If a team is unable to
answer the question, the opposing team will have the opportunity to answer, if they
answer the question correctly, they win that round. This will continue until all the
teams have had a chance to answer the question.
Leadership Considerations: The ideal group size for this activity is 4-16. If a
member is unable to walk up to write the answer, a bell can be used. The leader of
this activity will be responsible for keep score of the teams. If there is a tie at the
end of the game, the leader will ask a tie break question.
Adaptations: Participants with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD): ADHD is a disorder that normally develops during childhood and can
continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficultly paying
attention and focus, controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. The CTRS will need to
have knowledge of the potential behavior issues someone with ADHD might have
and will to use creative behavior techniques to calm the participant down and help
work learn to work as a team.
Participants with Alzheimer’s: Alzheimer’s is a form dementia that effects with
memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease therefore
individuals tend to lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their
environment (Alzheimer’s Association). Participants with Alzheimer can benefit from
this activity by openly communicating with others. One consideration for this
activity would be to use terms and expression that are familiar to them so it would
be easier to carry a conversation.
Adaptation References

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Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. Alzheimer’s Association. (n.d). Retrieved
February 15, 2016, from
http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Easy-to-Read). (n.d.). Retrieved
February 15, 2016, from
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivitydisorder-easy-to-read/index.shtml