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Look at the chart. Answer the questions. Causes of Stress

1. What is the biggest cause of stress? _____________________________________________________ 2. What is the 2nd biggest cause of stress? _____________________________________________________ 3. What causes more stress, financial trouble or work problems? _____________________________________________________

Personal / Work Problems (10%)

4. What causes less stress, family trouble or injury? _____________________________________________________

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Too Much Work (35%)

Marriage / Family Trouble (20%) Injury / Illness (10%)

5. What is a bigger cause of stress, too much work or personal problems?

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Other (5%)

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Financial Trouble / Bills (20%)

Rank the items that cause you the most stress (1 = most stressful, 6= least stressful). Compare with a partner. ________ too much work

________ personal or work problems ________ financial trouble/bills

________ marriage/family problems ________ injury or illness

________ other: _____________________________________

CULTURE TIP

In the US, it is common for people to talk to a counselor, social worker or therapist when they feel stressed, overwhelmed or depressed. If you or someone you know feels this way for a long time, it might be a mental health issue. Most communities in the US have counseling centers or mental health help programs. Many cities have a free phone number you can call for help. How do people get help for mental health issues in your native country?

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I. Read instructions and ask students to share their answers with a partner. EXPANSION: Make a tally chart on the board with columns labeled 1 - 6. Assign a letter to each cause of stress. Have students write a letter in each column based on their answers in this activity. Tally up the letters to discover most stressful causes for your class. For 1-1, compare your answers with your student.

REAL LIFE / YOUR LIFE

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H. Read instructions. Explain the pie chart (point out the percentages in parentheses). You may want to discuss what “other� might include. Some students might need support interpreting the chart. Say The size of the piece of the circle shows how much.

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Culture Tip 66 Student Book 3 LEFT Read the tip. Do people talk about depression in your native country? Why or why not? Show students a list of hotline phone numbers or resources if available. NOTE: You might want to discuss what might stop someone from using the resources. Talk about privacy issues. Use The Immigrant Guide health and medical section to spark more conversation.

Answer Key:

H. 1. too much work 2. other 3. financial troubles 4. injury/illness 5. too much work I. Answers will vary.

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