The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong

Module 8 | Discuss


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Discussion Board: The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong


“Everyone has the ability to build mental strength, but most people don’t know how. We spend a lot of time talking about physical strength and physical health, but much less time on mental strength and mental health.” – Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist


Watch the video The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong | Amy Morin | TEDxOcalaLinks to an external site. (15:01).


Discussion Prompts

Write a letter to prospective students for the next incoming class to help them cope with the stress they will feel during their first session at Arizona College of Nursing.  When you are writing your letter, please recall the concerns you had during your first session.  After you write the letter, please answer the following questions:

  • Would you have found it helpful to read a letter like this at the beginning of your first session?
  • How helpful is a letter versus a face-to-face meeting with a mentor? Which would you prefer?
  • How can Arizona College of Nursing do a better job of helping incoming students with the stresses of college life and our accelerated program?

Citation: TEDx Talks. (2015, December 4). The secret of becoming mentally strong | Amy Morin | TEDxOcala [Video]. YouTube.


  • Initial post due Wednesday, by 11:59 p.m.
  • Responses to two classmates’ posts due Saturday, by 11:59 p.m.

This schedule ensures you have adequate time to prepare initial responses, read through the posts, and supply meaningful reactions that extend the conversation.

Submission and Assessment Guidelines

  • Post to the Discussion Board in Canvas. For help on how to submit discussion posts, review How do I reply to a discussion as a student?Links to an external site.
  • In order to earn full credit, the initial post must contain 200 words.
  • Respond to at least two (2) of your peers’ posts in a substantive manner. In order to earn full credit, response posts must contain 100 words in each post.  Please review the rubric for additional details.
  • Remember that a substantive post should provide a reason for your beliefs. In other words, why do you feel the way you feel? Your opinion is acceptable, but you must have a solid rationale for it. You will need to respond critically and persuasively.
  • Responses that include comments like “I agree” or “Good point” are not accepted as required responses.
  • Review the Discussion Board Rubric for grading criteria. For instructions on how to view the rubric for this assignment, review How do I view the rubric for my graded discussion?Links to an external site.
  • This discussion is worth 30 points.
  • Discussions posted after the due date but within the assigned week will receive a 10% deduction. No points will be earned for posts submitted after the assigned week.
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