Ethics for Social Sciences 2013 Champlain College- Morris
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The volunteering work you’ll be doing sounds very inspiring. If you can bring happiness to some of the children in the hospital, I’m sure they will be ecstatic! I also think that it would greatly help the parents to be relieved of worrying for their child a couple of minutes. My sister works as a nurse at Ste-Justine in the infectious diseases area and she says that it’s very hard for the parents. Usually, a parent is there almost 24/7, while the other comes whenever he or she isn’t at work. I really do hope you’ll bring joy to their little hearts and fun while you’re there. I look forward on reading how your day went!
I agree with you that people are still very uneducated when it comes to mental illnesses. Nonetheless, it’s improving, at least people attained with mental illnesses are no longer avoided as they once were. In addition, your take on using drug-free treatments sound interesting. Nevertheless, I don’t think it would be effective in all cases. Some mental illnesses like depression are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and do need drugs to help the body regain its natural chemical balance. It would be interesting to learn more about the subject and your take on drugless treatments.
Interesting subject! I worked most of the semester on depression but without specifying it on one particular age group. I would be very interested to learn more about the specifics of the subject and learning from the different perspective what could cause depression. I think that it’s a subject everyone should take to heart because it’s a current illness that is being diagnosed massively. Moreover, if it starts affecting people so early on there must be ways to reduce the effect and the diagnosis. However, if I remember correctly it affected more women than men so I am curious on why you decided to specify your research on teenage boys.
I like your post and how strongly you point out your arguments. However, I’m not entirely sure I agree with you, some mental illnesses are hard if not impossible to treat at the moment making it hard to agree with your point that mentally ill people should be allowed back into society. I totally agree that a stigma to mental illness by the society is what makes them look “inferior” (for lack of better word) to society itself (Weber’s idea of social order), although they are surely not “inferior” but equal to every single person. Informing people on mental illnesses, especially people of the law, is the best way to enable the mentally ill people to go to a facility for them instead of jail. So many organizations are trying to get the word out today, for example the Canadian Mental Health Association (http://www.cmha.ca/), which promotes help for all and spreads out information by supporting the Bell Let’s Talk campaign (http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/our-initiatives/).
The stigma of mental illness is decreasing every day now, but that doesn’t mean that some prisoners who are ill should get out of prison. My belief is that some of them are safer there, as much for themselves as for society.
The sociological theory you pointed out is very interesting with a good relation with depression since sadly depression is often linked to suicide. If I understand correctly what you are saying it’s that we should try to find a solution to depression and suicide in the society instead of depression and suicide in a single person as the suicides are mostly, if not all, influenced by the society.
In Canada, there is an event, probably not as popular as the NAMI walks, that raises money for different mental health initiatives like the CAMH Foundation (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Douglas Mental Health University Institute and many others. This event is Bell’s Let’s Talk. Well it’s not that much of an event but more of a commitment; every time a Bell user texts or makes a long distance phone call, or that #BellLetstalk is tweeted or on Facebook, Bell gives 5₵ to a mental health initiative. IN addition, Olympic athlete Clara Hughes is biking across the country to increase those tweets and information sharing. http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/news/
I agree that the price of college is exaggerated especially for teens for lower income families. This does make it harder for the kids to go to college because, as you said, they don’t know much about it. However, I read in the book how to Change the World by David Bornstein, about a program that J.B. Schramm came up with: the “Flyer’s Tutoring Program”. He creates workshops in colleges all around the US to help out kids whom don’t have great grades but who have people, perhaps teachers, that believe that they have the potential to go to college to write an eye catching essay. There was such a great success rate for this program that it keeps on growing. Surely programs that help kids get into college can help them get scholarships!
It is very interesting to find out that so many deaths are caused by air pollution. I would never thought that the air everyone was breathing in was responsible for killing the population since cancers are one of the leading causes of deaths. However, when you think about it, it is very possible that the air causes these numerous cancers and the deaths that come with it. Moreover, I know that Montreal has been trying to do as much as they can to reduce this air pollution by promoting public transport and Bixis, the bikes you can rent to get reimbursed afterwards to ride around Montreal. But, there has been many issues with the Bixis, so many that we will probably lose this great mode of transportation that does not create any air pollution and is a great source of daily exercise. (http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2014/04/14/is-this-bixis-final-spin/?po...)
The subject of your summary is really interesting because you are right that suicide is definitely a taboo subject. People should not be ashamed to talk about it when it is sometimes the only thing that will keep them from killing themselves. Also, the fact that mental disorders are one of the leading causes for suicide is frightening since it means that so many youngsters are suffering from one of those. I found this article mentioning that 90% of adolescent suicides are connected to depression, substance-abuse or other mental disorders (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-in-the-us-statistics...). It’s not normal that so many kids are unhappy in their skin and that in affects them so deep profoundly that the only solution they can think of is suicide. I really hope that awareness will help decrease the number of suicides.
I agree with you that the Olympics are not what they used to be. Today, they are just spending matters whereas before, they used to bring out competition between countries. The entire point of the Olympics was to put in hiatus all wars between the countries and bring out competition. I’m looking forward to see what you will be doing as your business project and if it will be related to sports.
You did a good job talking about Obama’s speech on immigration reform. Your text was nicely structured and did not include the typical question/answer format which makes it original and fun to read. In relation to your article on Obama’s immigration Reform, this speech from Senator Graham might interest you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3LGjO3i7tE. In Senator Graham’s speech on comprehensive Immigration reform, Senator Graham tries to undermine the main arguments against the immigration reform. His first point was extremely valuable as he mentions that what most have against immigration is that there are very few immigrants who have an education surpassing the 10th grade. To this he responded that he, an American senator, was from parents whom neither graduated from high school and that there are a lot of “self-made” people in America, therefore, an education is not everything.
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