Upon given the list of potential topics to choose from, I knew that I had to choose Mental Health. It is a topic I feel personally involved with, however it is also a topic I’m willing to learn more about. From my own understanding, I know there is so much more to be taken away. The secondary sources available through the internet is vast, and sieving through them was a strenuous process. On the surface, the topic was vague, and ideas seem to deepen in meaning as further reading was taken.
For myself, I felt as though I went through a linear journey of ideas. These ideas seem to peak at a negative perspective of the topic before reaching a positive resolve. I chose an article for each of these ideas that I came to understand.
- Mental Health needs attention and should be talked about by the general public
- Those with mental health issues are refusing help
- Those with mental health issues are destructive to society
- Society is the cause for those who have mental health issues to remain silent
- Technology has benefited those with mental health issues
DNC 2016: Demi Lovato delivers moving speech on mental health problems – and moves a million hearts
Andrew Buncombe for the Independent
Andrew Buncombe is a correspondent in the US for the Independent UK. His writing is in a reporting nature as he recounts the events and issues that arise. He leaves minimal personal remarks or comments in his writing. In this particular article, he lays down relevant context for the issue as well as highlighting key moments in Demi Lovato’s speech. His credibility is well regarded as the topics in which he often touches upon are of a political kind. In saying so, this is not to endorse or show bias towards any particular candidate/party.
His article is specifically catered for those who are interested and are following the current Political Campaigns in the US. This article is specifically focused on the speech done by Demi Lovato that is mostly comprised of personal anecdotes about Mental Health as well as statistics that reveal how the state of mental health sufferers and influencers are not to a satisfactory level. The manner in which he speaks about this sensitive topic, however his presentation of the topic is not empathetic as his vocabulary is recitative.
The topic of Mental Health has always been a sensitive topic, he applauds Lovato’s courage to speak out about the issue as a hero despite the setting for the speech. However, it appears he is in favour of the discussion around Mental Health.
Research reveals reasons young people are afraid to seek help for mental illness
Erin Smith for Courier Mail
Erin Smith is a writer for the local paper “Quest” in the Redcliffe & Bayside area. She writes about local issues and the articles she writes are distributed locally as well as being published on Courier Mail – Queensland’s news source website. Smith’s usual writing are to clarify and be informative about topics. This article is about the release of a new study that has concluded with statistics and theories which she references from the University of Melbourne. This background to her article gives great credibility.
On the topic of Mental Health, she brings up an organisation: Headspace, who advocate the necessity to speak and discuss the topic to remove the stigma that is around it. Her article concludes with directions for those who are reading to find help if they believe they themselves are in hiding from their issues. Her article is evident to portray her opinion that the stigma around Mental Health is real and that with discussion, it is completely possible to slowly dissolve it.
Port Denison murder-suicide highlights destructiveness of mental illness: Coroner
Sarah Taillier for ABC News
Sarah Taillier is a reporter based in Geraldton in WA’s Mid-West. Prior to joining the ABC, she worked in commercial television and completed her post-graduate studies in journalism and broadcasting. As a writer, her background and education gives her profound credibility and this is strengthen with her association with ABC as it is funded by the Australian Government.
This article was written as the findings from the recent inquest of the murder-suicide was presented on the friday previous. This articles entire focus is not on Mental Health, but can be seen to show that mental health issues becoming destructive and causing tragedies. The linear writing presents it as a cause and an effect. Unlike the other articles, it shines a terrible light. This is not the intention of the article, but it is the take away from the written piece. As a singular article, it can distract and cause a bias for readers.
In her recount of the events, she does write that the mother had refused to seek help for her condition out of fear of losing her daughters. Though the article, overall, shows that mental health and destruction seem to go hand in hand. These articles are important so we understand these events, and though it wasn’t highlighted in this article. It does show that an obstacle is fear and this is brought on due to society’s hesitation with acceptance of mental health problems.
‘Suck it Up’: Mental Health stigma entrenched in Victoria Police, review finds
Tammy Mills for the Age
Tammy Mills is a writer for the Melbourne publication: The Age. The paper itself is a credible secondary source of information due to its prestige which was established in 1854. Mills’ works generally cover the Police and anything concerning their involvement.
Her article includes the press conference video, and the findings from the review of the culture within the Police Force. The Victorian Police Commissioner has said in his speech that it is important to change the culture in order to encourage and sustain mentally healthy members in the force. Mills’ writing seems to warm up and encourage these ideas. She compares what has been done in the past to the actions that the Commissioner has promised. Her article covers all the basis around the issue with context and facts. She sums up her article by suggesting various helplines and organisations that can help anyone who believe they are in need of assistance.
This article is very engaging, she is succinct and able to discuss the arguments for the changes. Her vocabulary choice is opening and does not leave readers to close their mind about the topic.
The Surprising Health Benefit to Playing ‘Pokemon Go’ that all the haters should hear
Claire Lampen for Tech Mic
Claire Lampen is based in New York. She works as a journalist for .Mic. This website and news page is directed towards a younger audience who are interested in Technology, Games and various other medias. This article does not get as much exposure and loses its credibility due to its niche community. The writing style is laid back, tongue in cheek and satirically. However, this article was a relief to read after reading articles that insist for a change to be done but never proving something to be effective.
It is important to note that she references the testimonies of users from twitter which is not as credible, but due to the compilation of these various tweets create a favourable impact. She gains credibility on the topic and on her decision to voice this opinion by referencing psychologists who applaud the new application. It is clearly evident that this application has revolutionise the way gaming can bleed into society. And due to this has given certain users further confidence in themselves to engage and contribute outside their comfort zone.
To sum up what I’ve learnt or picked up on was that Mental Health is not deeply discussed in media. It is an idea that is mentioned, understood to be bad in certain cases. It is talked about to be something that requires treatment and with sensitivity. There are no certain ways to manage it however, some things like new applications are able to create a positive impact on mental health. The issue that is presented in these articles is that Mental Health needs to be discussed yet there is still no strong discussion.