Mental Health Project

By Allison Gardner

Thesis

The mentally ill need proper treatment and support of their friends and family to stabilize their health, and they need people to be educated about these illnesses in order to understand what they are going through.

Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness

Position: Not only are the Girl Scouts excited about earning their patches, but they are making a change as well by erasing the stigma of metal illnesses through public education.


Supporting Details:

  • "Mental illness carries a stigma that causes suffering and often is a barrier to treatment and support." - Muffy Walker, Board President of IBPF.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 U.S. citizens are diagnosed with a mental illness
  • The Mental Health Awareness Patch has been awarded to over 500 Girl Scouts nationwide


Analysis: The Girl Scouts educating the public is important to the mental health of the people with these illnesses. When people are aware of the illnesses and what they are, they can be more helpful in creating solutions to the problems that may occur.

A Solution That Now Looks Crazy

Position: With the care of people with mental illnesses being a national disgrace, the solution hadn't solved much either. Sending all of the mentally ill out of the hospitals wasn't such a good idea because it left many in nursing homes or homeless and some patients ended up in prisons and jails.


Supporting Details:

  • They had given medicine to the patients before they left, but failed to provide the medicine after they left.
  • They were certain that the patients would magically adjust to the community and do well.
  • They did not try to help the people who were suffering with treatable psychiatric illnesses,even though it could have decreased the risk of suicide


Analysis: There were multiple solutions to this issue as a whole that could have been done, but those were ignored. Instead they created an even bigger mess by not giving the people with illnesses proper treatment.

Postpartum Depression: One mom's mission becomes a movement

Position: The position of this article is that support from people around you and knowing that people will support you through these illnesses will help you get better over time. Postpartum Progress is a blog that brings all moms who have or are suffering with Postpartum Depression to talk through their experiences and to support one another.


Supporting Details:

  • The whole point in starting the blog was to share the feelings of what it was like to have Postpartum Depression, but ended up being a place where many moms would come for support and better understanding of what they were going through
  • One in seven women or nearly 15% of new moms are believed to suffer through Postpartum depression


Analysis: The support these women are getting from one another are helping them get through this rough patch in their life. This is a clear example of how the correct treatment can change the life of someone suffering through a mental illness.

Climb Out of the Darkness #TEAMLA

Opposition

"Why can't they just change their attitude?"

- It is very hard for someone with a high- functional brain to change their attitude, let alone someone with a mental illness.


"Why would i want to help these people?

- If you were in this situation and you needed help to get better, wouldn't you want all the help you could get?


"Even with the support of friends and family, why aren't these people healing faster?"

- These things take time, so it is important to make sure these people with mental illnesses don't feel like you are giving u on them. Make sure to keep supporting them even when they are better.

Sourses

"Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness Stigma with Mental Health Awareness Patch." Mental Health Weekly Digest 23 Sept. 2013: 161. Opposing viewpoints in Context. Web. 23 Dec. 2014


Friedman, Richard A. "A Solution That Now Looks Crazy." New York Times 14 Jan. 2014: D2(L). Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 23 Dec. 2014


"Postpartum depression: One mom's mission becomes a movement." CNN Wire 8 July 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 23 Dec. 2014.