Post 7: Issue Mapping

This week, we were placed into groups with other peers who were also delving into the topic of mental health. Working collaboratively, the aim was to create various maps that stemmed from our previous stakeholder maps from week 3. Listening to the opinions and research conducted from other peers allowed us to discover the different actors involved, the emotions felt as a result and the controversies and debate behind the topic of mental health. Through discussion and brainstorming, the exercise enabled us to observe the relationship between these individuals and discover how they did and didn’t work with each other.

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First exercise: Creating a stakeholders map that concentrated on one key stakeholder.

For the first exercise, we chose to concentrate on what role the government plays in the topic of mental health. In creating this mind map, it was interesting to see just how the attitudes of the government can influence and manipulate the content portrayed on the media. This came with both positive and negative outcomes as social media platforms are effective in spreading awareness whereas sometimes the issue of mental health is portrayed in a negative light by media outlets such as newspapers and television which could potentially generate stigma on the issue. However, as we brainstormed other entities that linked with the government, we were able to generate connections to charities and e-health services that aim to reach out and assist individuals dealing with a mental illness. Thus, by looking at a specific stakeholder, such as the government, I was able to acknowledge how heavily involved specific individuals are in the issue and the impact they all make on society.

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Second exercise: Different controversies and debate involved with mental health.

For the second map, we picked a variety of controversies that were associated with the topic of mental health. These words included stigma, stereotypes, lack of awareness, media blackout, and double standards found within adults and the youth. With this exercise, it was interesting to see how other peer’s previous research played a part in generating the stakeholders. For example, for my research, I delved into the topic of mental health in farmers and was able to discover the stigma generated around gender stereotypes of farmers, with the phrase ‘be a man’ strongly associated with the occupation. Another peer delved into the controversy with how mental illnesses could also stem from genetics, which can be a tricky topic to debate over. Overall, the exercise enabled me to understand how….

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Third exercise: Narrowing it down from ‘Controversy and Debate’ map

Narrowing it even further, our last map focused on focusing on the stakeholders affected by the word ‘stigma’.

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