Psychology of Mental Health Fall 2015

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This course will explore behaviours by contrasting that which is considered abnormal via DSM diagnosis with what contemporary society deems to be normal.  Perspectives will be taken to explore, explain, and consider treatment for situations considered to be representative of mental illness, all in the pursuit of understanding and promoting mental health.

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by Domenic0404 on November 4, 2015
The article i chose to write about is called "Exposing Canada’s ugly mental-health secret" and was published in 2013. The article present Canada's health system, specifically the mental health system. Troublingly, the system is so over-burderned that whenever someone seeks mental health treatment, the wait before actually receiving any sort of care is months longs. The only alternative being to go in the private sector which can be very costly for most Canadians and when it comes to mental health, people tend to choose to go without care.

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by stephman on November 4, 2015
This article speaks about the issues in the United Kingdom with children being referred to mental health services. Although these children are being referred by their general practitioners, one fifth are denied their services. According to research by the NSPCC, out of 186, 453 cases, close to 40,000 young people were turned away including some whose problems stemmed from abuse.

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by mikeelkeslassy on November 4, 2015
Mental health is an issue that is becoming more and more popular in today’s society. The government has taken Mental Health very seriously pledging to give an extra 70 million dollars of the 1.2 billion dollars that the government budgets for Mental Health annually. “Mental health care should not be neglected,” Barrette said,(Minister of Health). According to the government, they’re plan is to raise awareness about mental health in many ways.

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by marcovitti on November 4, 2015
http://www.tbo.com/list/news-opinion-commentary/creating-just-and-effective-mental-health-services-in-florida-20151024/  

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by danielcapriolomorris on November 4, 2015
This article discusses the positive and negative sides of the International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference in Montreal this past month. The goal of the conference is to promote the understanding and implementation of mental health services internationally and to inform and improve the involvement in the youth, because the young people are the forefront of change. The article mentions how early intervention is necessary in diagnosing and treating mental illness' before they beome chronic.

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by gdilillo20 on November 4, 2015
The Canadian Institute of Mental Health Information has concluded in a recent report that most ER visits of youths between the ages of five and 24 have increased by 45% since the rates from 2007. This article explains how ER rooms that are taken are mostly being used for young adolescents with mental health disorders. Within seven years, the age group between five and 24 have taken up a 37 percent rate of in-patient hospitalizations with a minimum of one overnight stay.

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by danielcapriolomorris on November 2, 2015
This article discusses the positive and negative sides of the International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference in Montreal this past month. The goal of the conference is to promote the work to help changer mental health services internationally and to improve the involvement in the youth, because the young people are the forefront of change. The article mentions how early intervention is necessary and because the critical age is between 12-25 years old, we have to change the way society views mental health and focus more on the youth.

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by michaelbertucci on November 1, 2015
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/this-u-of-t-student-says-he-was-kicked-o...  

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by marcovitti on September 13, 2015
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/12/422870122/for-students-with-me...

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by stephman on September 9, 2015
The article I read is called “Stigma of mental illness a 'disturbing' trend in workplace.” It is about how people with mental illness are treated at work by their coworkers and employers. In this article, they talk about how stigma over mental health issues has cost people their jobs. It talks about two specific people, David Newman and Kim Heidinger, in Manitoba. Both these people had awful experiences at work after being diagnosed with mental illness.

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by michaelbertucci on September 9, 2015
  Going to university might be an easy transition for most students, but for some it can be quite hard, as the transition may provoke mental health issues within the students. Those who do not look for help to their mental health problems tend to resort to alcohol and drug abuse to feel more normal. The stigma alone scares them, as they are afraid of the label they will be given by their peers and friends. 

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by danielcapriolomorris on September 9, 2015
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/03/ex-prisoners-mental-healt...  

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by mikeelkeslassy on September 7, 2015
In the last few years, mental health has been issue that is becoming more and more as a forefront issue in today’s society. The Canadian Mental Health institution reported that 12 percent of Canadians suffer of mental health issues. They also reported that these health issues cost the economy over fifty billion dollars each year. App developers have now created an application that gives you tools and a plan in order to fight your mental health issue.

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3 years 11 months ago

In today's progressing society, we seem to try to use technology as an answer to everything. Technology cannot always replace human interaction, there are several things technology cannot do better than human beings. Although the concept of the app is good because it can raise awareness and help people feel comfortable enough with their mental disorder to go speak to a therapist, this app cannot be the sole treatment a person with illness receives. Mental health is something to be taken very seriously and is very complicated and different for every individual affected. People with mental disorders should not be relying on their cellphones for help. If anything it can just make them more isolated from the world around them, which is the last thing they need. People with mental health problems need to try to have normal social interactions and being on your cellphone constantly will not help with that. Mental health problems need to be properly addressed.

3 years 11 months ago

Thats an interesting thing to say, because mental health is extremely important and if 40% of americans have a mental health problem, it is way too large a figure to go unnoticed. These candidates should be more aware of the fact that mental health is just as important as any other type of health and should not be overlooked. They shouldn't only talk about health problems when it gets out of hand, they should be implementing more strategies to help the mentally ill, because it is not a small subject and I'm sure it could benefit the candidates a lot because I'm sure a lot of people with mental illness will likely vote for the person who's going to help them.

3 years 11 months ago

In our current society, I know that there is a large amount of accessibility to technology, but even after knowing that an app to "handle" mental health issues is the most unrealistic thing to do. Not only will it make peoples issues worse but it makes them even more addicted to cellphones which affects peoples state of mind. This will make them completely dependent on a cellular device.. what happens if that persons cellphone dies? They will have a huge breakdown being that dependent on an application that supposedly will help them.

3 years 11 months ago

I have not yet heard of an app that can replace or act as a mental health professional until now. I agree that this will definitely raise awareness about mental health problems and how to deal with them. Although I do not believe it is "on par" with face to face professionals, since the app is public and getting more popular, it will definitely help increase early intervention for those those suffering from various psychological issues.

4 years 6 months ago

Oil sands is a very delicate topic in Canada these days... In my opinion this is an unsustainable activity that will not be able to go on for a very long time because drilling oil from the sands is detrimental to the environment. Even though there is a good profit to be made, the world is in a very fragile state and we cannot be finding new ways to destroy our environment. The other issue is that the politicians in Alberta are planning an increase in production which will cause more harm in the future. In the end, I believe that they will need to use the increase in investment, in order to find a sustainable way of producing oil.

Reply to: Green Versus Greed
4 years 6 months ago

I agree with you when you say that tar sand oil extraction should stop as it is very environmentally detrimental. Big companies like TransCanada are focusing on finding ways to make this pipeline happen. They are using up their time and effort which costs a lot of money on projects that are destroying the planet. Instead they should be focusing on finding ways to make money in a more environmentally friendly way. Although the oil in Canada is a great source of money and a great source of jobs, we should focus on creating jobs on other things like cleaning the pollution we have created. If companies like TransCanada would be just half as economically friendly as the Harrington sisters or would focus on reducing their carbon footprint, it would have an immense impact on the planet. The big oil companies pollute but make no effort to compensate at all. Instead, they focus on their plans and try to buy people to get them out of their way like the pipeline. They cannot force the 12% who do not want the pipeline, including the sisters, to have this pipeline put in place on their land. TransCanada believes that the 12% will eventually change their mind because they think they are powerful enough to get what they want. These companies stop at nothing to get what they want and they need to be stopped. They are polluting and have no concern of the effects it will have later or on the obstacles they have to go through to get what they want like placing pipelines on people's homes who do not want it. These companies need to put in perspective what they are doing. The pipeline can cause damage on the Harrington's green property that they have worked hard on keeping sustainable. More people like the Harrington sisters should put their foot down to big oil companies in order to stop them because once that is done we will all focus on finding new ways to get energy that will not harm our planet.

Reply to: Green Versus Greed
4 years 6 months ago

I agree with you when you say that tar sand oil extraction should stop as it is very environmentally detrimental. Big companies like TransCanada are focusing on finding ways to make this pipeline happen. They are using up their time and effort which costs a lot of money on projects that are destroying the planet. Instead they should be focusing on finding ways to make money in a more environmentally friendly way. Although the oil in Canada is a great source of money and a great source of jobs, we should focus on creating jobs on other things like cleaning the pollution we have created. If companies like TransCanada would be just half as economically friendly as the Harrington sisters or would focus on reducing their carbon footprint, it would have an immense impact on the planet. The big oil companies pollute but make no effort to compensate at all. Instead, they focus on their plans and try to buy people to get them out of their way like the pipeline. They cannot force the 12% who do not want the pipeline, including the sisters, to have this pipeline put in place on their land. TransCanada believes that the 12% will eventually change their mind because they think they are powerful enough to get what they want. These companies stop at nothing to get what they want and they need to be stopped. They are polluting and have no concern of the effects it will have later or on the obstacles they have to go through to get what they want like placing pipelines on people's homes who do not want it. These companies need to put in perspective what they are doing. The pipeline can cause damage on the Harrington's green property that they have worked hard on keeping sustainable. More people like the Harrington sisters should put their foot down to big oil companies in order to stop them because once that is done we will all focus on finding new ways to get energy that will not harm our planet.

4 years 6 months ago

As you stated, the media should not disregard certain "smaller" issues and showcase what they view as bigger ones. Eventually the so-called smaller issues will measure up to the before bigger ones. Our planet does not seem to understand the urgency in making green decisions. In order for Earth to remain livable in the long run, we need to start to clean up our mess and find new ways to ensure we stop making new ones. I think that the issue is that no one wants to take responsibility to clean the garbage patches in either the Atlantic or the Pacific so we do not talk about it as much as we should. Also we keep polluting and although we hear about how bad it is, we do not actually seem to comprehend the gravity of the situation. People do not want to understand how bad the situation is, because when they do they will want to change their way of living into a more sustainable lifestyle. People are living in denial or in hope that the situation will change on its own without any real effort on the part of everyone on this planet. We need to start making a huge effort. There are thousands and thousands of tiny pieces of plastic floating in the middle of our oceans. We are responsible for that along with all types of pollution. The pieces of plastic have an enormous negative impact on our ecosystem. It endangers birds and fish but I think that since it does not endanger the human race right now, people do not seem to want to change the way they do things. It may cost money to clean up the garbage patches and it may cost even more money to turn the planet into a more eco-friendly place but I think that long-term in will much more beneficial for Earth. The only way to make people aware of how dangerous pollution is, is to talk about it and to show people how living sustainably is just as good if not much better. You are right, we need to talk about these issues because they will just become bigger and bigger. We need to take responsibility for our actions and clean up our home. Media needs to educate everyone, including big companies, normal households and governments, how bad every single environmental issue is in order for us to all work together to change our ways.

4 years 6 months ago

I agree,
As we all know, the glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice levels have dramatically dropped in the last century. Through the technological advances in the last 20 years global warming has become a major environmental threat to the whole planet. The use of cars and other habits are the main cause of our planet becoming warmer every year. This unfortunate reality is the cause of abnormal weather changes and other natural phenomenons around the world. Although we have to raise awareness for this issue because this behaviour is unsustainable and will put our future generations in great danger. Therefore we must take a stand and find more sustainable ways of living our lives that don't affect our planet.

4 years 6 months ago

In my opinion, this is an issue which affects all minorities living in Quebec. Unfortunately the recent attacks that occurred around the world have increased racism towards muslims in particular. Although this issue can be resolved... By raising awareness and by educating our fellow Quebecers, minorities will be less targeted. I believe that with the world being so connected, it will be hard to stop Islamophobia because there will be more attacks that will incite this hatred. Therefore this is a reality for muslims and other minorities that they will have to keep proving that they are not the issue and that Quebec is open to all cultures.

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