Argumentative Writing Project!
by: Matthew Lowry
The Main Points of Each Article
- girl scouts: one in every four people in the U.S. is diagnosed with a mental illness
- girl scouts: mental illness is more prevalent than diabetes or cancer
- backbone: the stereotype of all people with a mental illness as 'not able' is just wrong
- backbone: stigma is considered a major obstacle to effective treatment for many Americans who experience these devastating illnesses
- postpartum: women are getting treated horribly, there's still stigma, they're still not getting the right kind of help
- postpartum: "when i realize that what we're doing is not only raising awareness but facilitating people into treatment, that we are convincing them that it's okay to call and ask for help, i (know) we've hit on something," she said
- "Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness Stigma with Mental Health Awareness Patch" by the Mental Health Weekly Digest 9/23/13
- "IU Study: 'Backbone' of mental illness stigma common in 16 countries studied" by the Mental Health Weekly Digest, 4/22/13
- "Postpartum Depression: One Mom's mission becomes a Movement" by CNN Wire, 7/8/14
Article's Position and Supporting Details
The backbone of mental illness is to reduce the stigma of mental illness. So that people will not be afraid to seek help or treatment. "Even in countries with cultures more accepting of mental illness, the backbone of the stigma was detected"
There is a stigma for women involving postpartum. This does not make them a bad mother. Just one who needs help. "The spectrum of illness goes beyond depression, which people don't realize"
My Own Analysis
- There is no REAL stigma for mental illness.
- yes there is. Mental illness stigma is real and often considered a stereotype.
- How can we get rid of the stigma for mental illness?
- We can all work together to reduce the stigma by raising awareness for it and not treating it as a stereotype.
- What is the purpose of the backbone illness?
- The purpose is to raise awareness and to eliminate all stigma of mental illness.