Ppl who have self-awareness do a better job self-monitoring. That means the ability to keep track of what one is doing (i. professional & social) thereby figure out what's working and what's not working. Self-awareness also leads to self-reflection.
Jessica Benjamin- This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege. I think this is a great lesson for older grades but maybe you could use it in middle schools as well. I think its a powerful lesson that would really impact students.
A nice infographic laying out both fact and myths about bipolar disorder (aka "manic depression") a complex mood disorder that is diagnosed based on the experience of manic episodes that are frequently mischaracterized or misunderstood.