• I really like how you expressed your story of your name, and how it has impacted you in so many ways. I also think it is interesting that your entire name means something uniquely and special to you, and its cool to think about how each and every person on this planet, has a different meaning of their name.
    Thanks for sharing your story,

  • Lauren,
    I am really surprised by this post. It is upsetting to know that mental health is not seen as a bigger issue in our world. As a person who deals with depression and anxiety who uses prescriptions and therapy to cope with things, it is scary to know that they are not fully for sure what these drugs are doing to my brain, and the long term…[Read more]

  • We live in a world where mental health is a prevailing struggle, that affects all ages. On average about 3,000 people worldwide commit suicide each day, which is roughly one person every 30 seconds. According to

    • lauren replied 1 week ago

      Caleigh, your post is very well written. I liked how you included personal comments about your own struggles. This is exactly what the world of mental health needs- transparency and the ability to openly discuss these personal issues. I too have been offended by the “kill yourself” memes and jokes that pop up around our society. It is incredibly insensitive. It is mind boggling to me how people do not understand what a big issue suicide is and why they would throw it around like its a big joke. On the topic of the blue whale challenge, I was horrified to hear that people online were encouraging others to do these horrible things to themselves. Its sickening to think that yet another parent, friend, or family member has to struggle with losing their loved one to suicide. Keep writing and sharing your thoughts, its exactly what this world needs!
      You make a great mental health activist, so here’s a link to check out: https://www.nami.org/mentalhealthmonth

  • Mental Health is an ongoing issue world wide and even within the Utah community. According to Utah Department of Health, the average total charges per year for ER visits and hospitalizations for suicide attempts

    • Caleigh-
      These statistics are so shocking, and even disapointing. It’s hard to believe that this is going on in our very own community. Like you, I think it’s important we place more of a value on mental health precautions. Here’s an interesting article about this topic https://www.sltrib.com/news/health/2017/11/30/utahs-youth-suicide-rates-growing-at-alarming-pace-new-federal-report-says/

    • Caleigh,
      Wow, these are some extremely shocking statistics. It is so crazy how many people have been affected personally by a mental illness or indirectly affected by a loved one suffering. It is scary to think that this issue is only increasing, not only in our community, but all over the world. It is a very costly thing to go to therapy or for medications, and some insurances do not cover these things. A lot of therapists you have to pay out of pocket which is extremely difficult for some people who really need the help of a therapist. I really love that you have chosen this topic to write about because it hits so close to home for many of us. As you go further into your research, do you think you will look more into the funding and spending on this issue and how it should be adjusted? If you decide to stay on the money aspect I found a website about “paying for care”; it might be helpful http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/paying-care.

  • Jose,

    I really enjoyed reading this, and I find it cool that you have so much pride in your last name! I have grown up in a family, where my last name has been a big part in my life, and it has impacted my life in many ways. I think it is cool how you talked about how your family honors their words, and I think it is an interesting thought how…[Read more]

  • Elliot,

    I really enjoyed reading this, and I feel it was well written. I have had an opposite experience from you, I have grown up in a family where everyones name is different, and spelled “incorrectly”, and have had some weird experiences from this. My name is Caleigh pronounced Callie and I found a sense of identity from my name, and I wonder…[Read more]

  • Maggie,

    I loved this post, and found it very interesting. I loved the information and statistics you included in this post. I never really thought that a serial killer could have a different brain make up than the rest of us, but by reading this it makes sense how they never really feel like they have a connection in this world, and often times…[Read more]

  • Koji,
    I really enjoyed reading this article, and feel it is a very big controversy in our society today. I liked how you argued both sides of the argument, and didn’t completely stick to one side of the argument. I personally support the legalization of marijuana because of my anxiety, and there has been many studies showing the positive impacts…[Read more]

  • The phrase money can’t buy happiness has been an ongoing mentality in our society, and continues to impact many people when it comes to thinking about your happiness. But when I started to think about it, many

  • McCamey,
    I found this article to be very interesting and relevant to todays world. I agree with the monuments that are glorifying confederate activists need to be stopped and moved to a place of interests. I think by having them in cities, where races intermingle around these statues frequently can start to lead to more conflicts, and make some…[Read more]

  • Ronnie,
    I am really glad you posted about this topic, because I think that this is a very big topic in todays world. I like how you gave insight by giving statistics with cases and reports of people affected by the issue. I also liked how you tied in Obama, because he was very supportive of the women population in our country. Especially with new…[Read more]

  • This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to go to Thailand, and teach to villagers the advantages to living and practicing a healthy life style. While there I mostly taught about oral hygiene, but as a group

  • Carelis,
    I think it is amazing how much Planned Parenthood does for our country. I agree with you and think that this organization should stay funded simply due to the fact that it provides 2.4 million people with healthcare. That statistic is crazy. I also think it is good to know the other services that Planned Parenthood offers, and how it…[Read more]

  • Olivia,
    I really enjoyed your post, and I feel that this is very interesting and relevant to our society today. We are caught up in the materialistic part of our world, and too concerned with other peoples lives instead of our own. I like how you asked questions like “Why do we think we need what everyone else has? Why do you need to get the…[Read more]

  • Technology is playing a very big role in our society today, and is prevalent in almost everything we do. Whether we are driving a car, or simply being at school. In today’s world we rely heavily on the functions

  • Hi Fred,
    I really liked your article, and it brings up an important issue in our country today. I thought it was interesting the way you approached this issue, and hitting one of the main concepts. Everyone needs to feel loved and cared for. And I also liked the part when you said “kids that shoot up schools are not loners, the misconception of…[Read more]

  • Sage,
    I really enjoyed reading this article. I loved how you started off with your exchange students, and told us about how you are using technology in a positive manner to benefit your life. I also made friends with an exchange students from Germany at my school, and we are still able to talk using technology. I do agree that because of…[Read more]

  • In our time as seniors we have started applying to colleges, or even getting accepted to the schools that we have applied too. It is a societal norm to go to college, and most people feel forced to go, because it

    • Caleigh,
      I think that this is a very revenant topic in the world today. I am also a senior in High School and going through the application process and seeing what college is the right one for me, cost is a very large part of deciding where to go. I think that you have a very strong topic and agree with what you have said above.

    • Caleigh,
      As a senior, this is on the forefront of my family’s mind. No matter what school you go to, at the end of the day you’re paying for a degree, and it’s insane that it can cost up to $60,000 a year to attend college. This is such an interesting topic, and if you’d like to find out even more, I found a great article about just how much the price of college (private public, and in-state) has gone up in the last twenty year: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2017-09-20/see-20-years-of-tuition-growth-at-national-universities. I agree with you that going to college is really important, and you pretty much need to go in todays world. Thanks for your post!

  • Caleigh commented on the post, We are all human. 4 months ago

    Hello Brynna, I found your article very compelling and it spoke to me a lot. I definitely will agree with what you said in your post. I believe we have the right to kneel, and protest, and march so that people in our country can be treated equally. I also will agree with your point about how people talk about this issue in negative ways, but yet…[Read more]

  • Koji, this was a very interesting post, and I think its holds true in many aspects. I definitely agree with that statement of how our society focuses heavily on self improvement. Everywhere you go there is some book, or article or accessory you can buy to “change your life”, and how friends can impact your lives in ways that materialistic things…[Read more]

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