You will find many exercises to help you implement the VIP Programme in our booklets. On this page, we have published additional exercises for teachers and health professionals.

Students and a teacher in a class room.
You can find booklets for Students, Teachers and Health Professionals here

Exercises for Films

Using a film as a starting point before beginning to talk about mental health has many advantages. Both short and long films can open the door to understanding and discussion. If you are going to use longer films, we recommend setting aside some extra time in addition to the ordinary three or two-hour plan.

Below you will find some exercises that you can use in connection with films. Filmweb also has many good educational content related to feature films that are shown at the cinema. The Filmweb page is constantly updated, so the available content will change from time to time.

On Filmweb's website you will find more exercises for films. — Please note that the website and exercises are in norwegian.

Exercise for the short film “I had a Black Dog”

The animated film “I had a Black Dog” from the World Health Organization (WHO), provides a very valuable and occasionally humorous description of depression. It also contains many good tips on how to recover.

Exercise for the short film “Å prøve og feile” (“Trial and Error”)

The film “Trial and Error” is based on the tool Psychological First Aid and visualises red and green thoughts.

Exercise about Loneliness

The VIP-team has tested this VIP-exercise about loneliness in several vocational classes with a large proportion of boys. We feel that it is a relevant topic that students are concerned about.

The exercise below was included in the first edition of the “Resource Booklet for Teachers”. In the new edition (2018), this exercise is replaced by another one called “Consent” so it is now only found online.

You can find more films we recommend for the VIP Programme on our Films page

General Exercises

As a teacher or a health professional, you might not want to link the VIP lesson to any particular subject, or perhaps it involves several subjects. Below are some general exercises that have been successfully used both during the VIP lessons with a teacher and as part of class visits.

It may be a good idea to reflect on the VIP goals when planning the lessons. That is why we would like to repeat them here.

Main goal:

The VIP Programme aims to better equip students to take care of their mental health by educating the school staff and students about the topic, as well as by providing information on the kinds of help that are available.

Interim Goals:

  • The students will learn more about mental health in general and gain awareness of their own feelings. They will also increase their understanding of the basics of mental health issues and disorders, as well as learn to recognise the signs of mental health issues in themselves and others. ​

  • The students will get information on where they can apply for help, both locally and nationally, if they have a mental illness or disorder. ​

  • The VIP Programme should act as a meeting point for the school and local mental health care providers to ensure effective cooperation. School staff will enhance their competence in the field of mental health. Teachers, counsellors, and health professionals will also receive guidance on how to implement the VIP Programme.

Here are some general exercises from VIP  
— Please note that the exercises are in norwegian:

Exercises Related to Subjects and the Curriculum

The VIP Programme can often be carried out as part of the school curriculum. Some subjects have a clearer focus on mental health as part of their curriculum goals than others. In any case, mental health may well be one part of how to achieve academic goals in most subjects. These exercises can obviously also be used regardless of the subjects, or in a subject that is different from what we propose.

The Core Curriculum applies to the entire school period and all school subjects, and it most clearly defines the activities aimed at mental health promotion. The introduction reads:

The aim of education is to equip children, young people, and adults to face life challenges and overcome them together with others. It should give each student the skills necessary to take care of themselves and their lives, and at the same time the power and willingness to stand by others.

Some subjects also have curriculum goals which can clearly be linked to the topic of mental health:

  • Discuss questions related to losing weight, eating disorders and exercise, and how lifestyle affects health (Natural Science).
  • Discuss cultural and social conditions in several English-speaking countries (English).
  • Discuss the reasons why prejudices, racism, and discrimination arise and what measures can prevent this (Social Science).
  • Define key concepts related to socialisation and use them to research and discuss the features of youth socialization in Norway (Social Science).

Below are some suggestions for the exercises you could use in different subjects — Please note that the exercises are in norwegian:


Natural Science

Social Science/Religion and Ethics/Christian and Other Religious and Ethical Education

The exercise below is based on the subject curriculum objectives for KRLE (Christian and Other Religious and Ethical Education), 10th year, and Religion and Ethics, 3rd year of Upper Secondary School, but can just as easily be used as a general exercise in Social Science.

Vocational Subjects


MDD (Music, Dance and Drama)

More Exercises

You will find more exercises for use with the VIP Programme in the “Resource Booklet for Teachers” (February 2016).

You can see the VIP Programme’s Booklets for Students, Teachers and Health Professionals here

Suggestions for Exercises

If you have any thoughts or comments to share, or suggestions for other exercises, please contact us. We really appreciate teacher feedback and want to share useful exercises online.

You can find Contact info for the VIP Programme here

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