NewsActivism- Champlain College St. Lambert, Winter 2013

About this class

This class asks each student to blog about news in the world that calls for action. As the semester progresses, the student's blog develops focus and clarity about certain issues and the ways organizations and academics pursue progress. Students may volunteer or do interviews and academic research to further understanding of how individuals can attempt to change the news they read.

Collaborations with students in the course "Globalization" from SUNY Brockport will allow for students' perspectives to broader around issues that matter to them.

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5 années 10 mois ago

You have research a very troubling issue, I think it’s great that you care about it. I have also research about mental illness and I found that the younger the individual develops a mental illness, the longer it will last and it has a higher chance of resulting in other disorders. In addition, it’s true what you say that some cases of bullying can lead to suicide. I recently volunteered at an aboriginal shelter where most of their participants have experienced sever bullying from society as a whole and still to this day, they're struggling with their mental well-being. It is important to address the issue of bullying and the negative effects it has on the individual.

5 années 10 mois ago

Your topic is very interesting as well as extremely important to everyday life! I agree with you that treating mental illnesses with drugs is not the best way to approach the situation. For example, I volunteered at an Aboriginal Shelter (Projets Autochtones du Quebec) and I learned that the shelter's staff refuses to associate their participants with drugs. Instead, they use positive reinforcement such as activities to boost their self-esteem, this helps them keep a positive outlook on their lives.

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5 années 10 mois ago

I think it’s really great that you will be volunteering at The Montreal Children’s Hospital! I have read a couple of post on the news about music therapy and for some it really does work. Research says that some children felt that the music therapy was a great way to express their feelings towards their illness. I recently volunteered at an Aboriginal shelter (Projets Autochtones du Quebec) and I found that the shelter itself helped the participants cope with their mental illness. I think that there are a variety of unique copying strategies!

Reply to: Child's right
5 années 10 mois ago

I think it’s really great that you will be volunteering at The Montreal Children’s Hospital! I have read a couple of post on the news about music therapy and for some it really does work. Research says that some children felt that the music therapy was a great way to express their feelings towards their illness. I recently volunteered at an Aboriginal shelter (Projets Autochtones du Quebec) and I found that the shelter itself helped the participants cope with their mental illness. I think that there are a variety of unique copying strategies!

5 années 11 mois ago

I think your project is awesome! I have don’t a lot of research on childhood sexual abuse and the long-term effects, and I have to agree with you that females are seen as victims and males are seen as the abusers. I learnt from your post that 10% of rape cases are associated with males being the victim. Yes, it is fairly low considered to the female statistic but the negative outcomes on the victim’s psychological health are still the same. I understand that a majority of the time females fall victim however, just because it is less likely that a man will get raped does not mean that education on the incident shouldn't be available.I found this article about a man that was possibly raped by another man this passed Tuesday, April 19. There are more and more cases of males falling victim to rape and as a result, this creates more awareness but not enough research on how this can be dealt with. I think your project is very beneficial to mental health research.

Link to article: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/rape...

5 années 11 mois ago

You project seems well thought out, your motives have good intentions and I think the PAQ would really benefit from your suggestions.
Interestingly, I have recently volunteered at the PAQ and are scheduled to return every Friday for the month of May, and I have to say that you mentioned some of the reasons as to why I even volunteered at the PAQ. However, I was not aware that they did not have any data available on their website about how many participants they receive yearly. I find this shocking because they do keep a record each day of every participant that enters the shelter. I initially wanted to offer my service to update their website after I volunteer. My intentions were to emphasize on the services that they offer to aboriginals, how the shelter is in need of additional support and how volunteers can offer their services.
I have a suggestion. I don’t think it is necessary to have yearly data on how many participants stay at the shelter. From what I've learned about the PAQ, by speaking to the staff and the participants, is that even though a majority of them are “regulars” there are days which the shelter will have no more than two participants and some days were there is not enough room for half of the people lined up outside the PAQ doors. This can be a result of many variables including that some aboriginals where discouraged to return because they happen to visit the shelter the day that it was jam-packed. I think that more education should be emphasized on the services that the PAQ offers and how the community can offer their support.

5 années 11 mois ago

I am really glad that you chose to write about homeless because not enough awareness is going around about the homeless population. What some people fail to acknowledge is that homeless people are still in fact, people. They can still feel, think, and develop mental illnesses. I believe that some homeless are dying at such a young age because they become homeless in their early years and over time, they develop mental health issues that negatively affect the way they think and act, evidently making them more likely to make bad decision that can lead to death. I have linked a document that mentions how mental illness can affect a person’s mind and influence them to make life threatening decisions. I am currently volunteering at a homeless shelter in Montreal, Quebec and I interact with the participants there who suffer from addictions and mental health issues that are at times refused entry to the shelter because they are a threat to others and can put the staff and other participants in harm’s way.
Link: http://www.mooddisorderscanada.ca/documents/Media%20Room/Quick%20Facts%2...

5 années 11 mois ago

I agree with your statement that for some, early sexual relationships can lead to the development of mental health issues. I have read the short novel titled “Coping with Childhood Abuse” by Judith Cooney and I can confirm that an early sexual experience can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, behavioural issues with anger, and many other disorders and psychological illnesses. I found an article that is about a study on 649 male and female students addressing early sexual activities and the possible developments of behavioural problems. I decided to link you to an article that explains the possible behavioural outcomes because the typical negative effects brought on by early sexual relations are those associated with the psychological aspect. I believe that the physical outcomes are just as important because behavioural problems can develop into habits.
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2729765/

5 années 11 mois ago

I agree with your statement that for some, early sexual relationships can lead to the development of mental health issues. I have read the short novel titled “Coping with Childhood Abuse” by Judith Cooney and I can confirm that an early sexual experience can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, behavioural issues with anger, and many other disorders and psychological illnesses. I found an article that is about a study on 649 male and female students addressing early sexual activities and the possible developments of behavioural problems. I decided to link you to an article that explains the possible behavioural outcomes because the typical negative effects brought on by early sexual relations are those associated with the psychological aspect. I believe that the physical outcomes are just as important because behavioural problems can develop into habits.
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2729765/

5 années 11 mois ago

I like that you are choosing to addressing a very important issue. I to believe that the homeless status leads to a snowball effect, where on bad thing leads to another and another and another. Similarly to you in the US, we in Montreal we are facing the same issue. I found an article from the online journal called The Mental Health Special Issue. It explains how Montreal is dealing with the same problem but how we have found a method of prevention or solution. I Downtown Montreal we have a YMCA booth that sets out to help at risk teen find shelters, soup kitchens, and mental health services. The article strongly emphasizes that teens who are homeless find themselves dealing with mental disorders, addictions and tendencies to partake in prostitution or crimes. If you are interested in learning about possible solution to this world wide issue of youth homelessness I suggest you read this article.
Link: http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/5897

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About the author

I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.