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  • Evelyn,
    I really loved your post, especially because it was about something that every student can relate to. I agree that preparation for college and life in general is a very important aspect that most schools don’t incorporate into their teaching. Your point about financial skills as well as life skills being essential to succeeding in a c…Read More

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    How Far Is Too Far?

    What defines a negative mental health stigma? Is it the person who has the mental illness or is it the society surrounding that person? In most cases, this unnecessary stigma comes from the society that surrounds a person with...

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    • I liked how you discussed that society does not really accept mental disorders because this is a major problem in society. Schools should be a place where mental disorders are accepted, and teachers and administration teach children how to manage these disorders. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many students still struggle with these issues, let alone managing homework with home life. These children need help with learning how to manage these mental disorders. If schools teach students how to deal with these mental disorders, they will have the skills to manage them in the real world, specifically the workplace. Our society needs to accept that these mental disorders exist, and implement ways to understand how to cope with these mental issues.

    • Dear Meghan,

      I am intrigued by your post, “How Far Is Too Far?”, because it discusses the issue of how society treats those with mental illness as dangerous. Society will often stereotype those with mental illness as someone who will bring harm to people. People don’t realize what negative part they are taking in a person

      One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Since it is so generalized in society today, not many people are talking about how this stigma affects those who struggle with their mental health every day”. Since mental illness is so generalized in society people don’t really take notice in the harmful effects it does to a person.

      Thank you for this writing. I look forward to what your next writing is, because you bring up issues that need to be addressed more often. I would like you to continue writing about issues regarding mental health and how society can learn ways to handle these mental illnesses.


    • Meghan, I really liked your writing on the issues regarding mental health. You mentioned how society often overlooks people who are struggling which can result in worsening their conditions. I believe that this is a major problem in our society that needs to be addressed more often. You wrote from a very formal perspective and introduce facts that can help people to hopefully become more educated. I liked the urgency of your writing as well. Awesome job! I hope your writing reaches more people to help break the stigma attached to mental health so that we can help those who are struggling.

    • Dear Meghan:
      I am impressed with your post, “How Far Is Too Far?” because throughout this post you give an explanation about what people experience and that people with this illness are having a hard time. Society has rea;ly come to the point where someone who is depressed is a stage (in most part of society) that is what society thinks.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We should care about the negative stigmas surrounding mental health because it is a problem in society that is not talked about very often” I think this is tough because in the world we tend to push aside things that seem unimportant because they could be a waste of time, but often time we do not have any idea what people who have this problem struggle within a daily basis.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think the way you expressed this situation and how society is taking it is very impressive. It really brings me to think ‘what if I was in their situation?’ definitely I would not like to be judged while having my own problems.
      Fatima Esparza

    • Dear Meghan,
      I am very much satisfied with your post about mental health which should be a big issue, not something that is normalized as if you’re going to church. “Since it is so generalized in society today, not many people are talking about how this stigma affects those who struggle with their mental health every day”. This stood out to me the most because it is true that the normalization of mental illness has become common that we don´t feel empathy or show solidarity for those who struggle day by day. The world needs to acknowledge such issues and take into priority the well being those who are less fortunate and aid them so they can try to live an easier life.

    • Meghan, I liked how you covered this topic of mental health. I thought it was a very insightful angle to talk about how the normalization of mental health issues can cause more problems for people with serious mental issues. I think that it is important to talk about mental health on an individual basis, and I think you did a great job presenting this situation.

    • Meghan, I think you are completely right when you say, “When someone is really struggling with depression or anxiety, it is looked upon as something normal because it is talked about so often. The reality of this situation is that people who are struggling with these mental illnesses are feeling invisible and that they do not matter as much because society sees their illness as “normal”. ” As someone who has struggled with anxiety since I was little, I have never been able to put this feeling into words until you did. When so many people around me say they have anxiety when they get a little nervous about something, it makes me feel crazy when I have panic attacks before doing something that would normally be easy for anyone else. I think it is important to destigmatize mental illness, but in order to do this, we have to also talk about the “ugly” parts of these illnesses.

    • I believe that the reason that these stigmas are created is because we don’t know that much about mental illness yet. Modern technology allows us to assess and deal with physical injuries instantaneously, but research and technology for mental illness is for behind.

    • Dear Meghan,

      I like how you addressed the fact that society overlooks or diminishes people with mental health issues. I feel this happens especially in young people because either they do not feel comfortable speaking up or they speak up andare told that they should not feel the way they do. This can lead to a feeling of isolation and can worsen symptoms of already present issues. I think this is something that needs to be fixed in our society.

    • I really admire your use of evidence to defend your reasoning while discussing mental health. This topic was very insightful and full of knowledge. I do agree that the use of technology is lacking in terms of mental health aid and the fact that it sometimes does more harm than good. I feel that this issue is important enough to find a way to fix it as soon as possible.

    • The struggle of discrimination against those with mental illness and both the stigmas is a great topic to study today because, as you mentioned, it is an increasing problem that surrounds many people. One of the most targeted groups is probably middle and high schoolers. I really enjoyed your line of reasoning throughout your paragraphs as I think they flowed well and got more specific (general population and negative stigma to self stigma and individuals). One thing that I think would be helpful is more explanation and deeper reasoning of how and why people should become more aware of the problem. As the struggle itself is important, go deeper into how to physically help others that do have anxiety or depression.

    • I want to thank you for writing something about a group of people that hits so close to home for me. I think however it is important to mention the other types of discrimination that people face, outside of depression and anxiety; such as schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders. These have negative stereotypes about them even within the psychology industry that prevents these people from seeking any type of support or recovery. Schizophrenia and DID/OSDD are so heavily demonized by the general public, and personality disorders, especially cluster B personality disorders are even demonized by psychologists. This short article is a great introduction to speaking about this topic in general though.

  • Julia,
    I really liked your post and I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on why reading is important. One point you made that stood out to me was that reading can reduce stress. This is very important because we often need an escape from the real world and reading, in my opinion, is the closest thing to that. It seems as if stress is everywhere…Read More

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    Overcoming the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

    What defines a mental illness? Many people think that having a mental illness or disorder means that you are not normal or that you have a disadvantage compared to everyone else. Believe it or not, a majority of people...

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    • Megan,

      I thought. you did a great job at displaying what you needed to in an organized manner. It is an important topic that many could relate to and I like how you introduced your topic and then led the reader into steps to take in order to deal with the stigma.


    • Meghan,

      I though that you did an excellent job on focusIng on the aspect of education. As a person who suffers from anxiety, I can definitely see how this paper could help other people feel supported.

  • Megan –
    I really liked how you mentioned that the concept of heroes and villains isn’t always black and white. Generally speaking, I think it is really important to understand that there is a grey area when it comes to good versus evil. As you said in your blog post, “people cannot be defined as completely moral or completely corrupt”, hence…Read More

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