Those that we have deducted would know an extensive amount of Mental Health are those whom personally experienced, studied or in the workforce. Those who do not know quite a lot are those who are actually of high influences in young adult/teenagers lives (mostly media and the internet)
With my group we concluded how engaged these participants are with mental health and the most influence are those whose professions and studies are in fields of mental health. And those who are least engaged are those who we deal with commonly almost every day.
An array of participants and stakeholders that lie as massive influences on someone’s mental health. We’ve interpreted it on a personal depth, judging based on the design of their services or how it will affect them immediately. Thus counsellors may have the least influence due to how their service is merely designed whereas the Liberal Party may have total influences on mental health due to medical reforms.
As I searched for anorexia, what was intriguing was the immediate support that was offered. Being a backdrop of yellow that extended across the full resolution of my screen, I could see it was an expression of building a faceless connection with the user. The link was an external link to a national organisation that provided support for eating disorders. However, when I refined my search for “anxiety”, “depression”, “addiction”, “psychosis”, “schizophrenia” all came up with null results of support. Pinterest has a particular niche market for young women as the website has “a dedicated focus on young, socially and technologically mobile women” (Hausman 2013) as the target audience. But what a blatant effort in attempting to build a relationship with the target audience by generalising women to only being affected by eating disorders. This is another incident exemplifying the misconception of mental health and how other dispositions can be easily ignored.
This differs from the text sources as Pinterest doesn’t really explicitly explore into the fields of mental health unlike the authors of sources from previous blog posts. This is business all with capitalistic intentions rather than a passionate interest or occupation and are not very well educated in the said matter. Thus, their message to the user is short and the middle man of another service.
Hausman. A, 2013, ‘How Pinterest created its own niche market from facebook users’, viewed 29 August 201 6 <http://capitalistcreations.com/how-pinterest-created-its-own-niche-market-from-facebook-users/>
It was absolutely chilling to even look at the patient and see the annotations of her “improvement” and stare at her through her eyes in both photos. No one can compare the mental state she was living in prior nor post surgery, or depict what the meaning of time and space was for her. A lobotomy was a treatment process for mentally ill patients that they believed was prevalent in curing. It is a psychosurgery that requires an incision to the prefrontal cortex of the brain. The incision equipment is normally a chisel that was placed through the nose or between the eyelid and eyeball. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for the function of thoughts, rationality and personality. “The basic activity of this brain region is considered to be orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goal” (Miller 2002). It was advocated then because of it was recognised that reducing the complexity of psychic life would reduce such dispositions for them. However consequences of the patients were often stuporous, confused, and incontinent. “Following the operation, spontaneity, responsiveness, self-awareness and self-control were reduced. Activity was replaced by inertia, and people were left emotionally blunted and restricted in their intellectual range”(Partridge 1950). It is adamant that this practice remains ceased.
This is different from amongst the texts I’ve collected as this is archived documentations of lobotomies – something that isn’t evident with my collected texts. Everything was quite recent and relevant to current contexts though with this historical insight, I actually do really empathise with people coping with mental illnesses prior 1970’s.
Partridge. M, 1950, ‘Pre-frontal leucotomy’, pg. 470-471, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford
Miller. E.K, 2002, “The prefrontal cortex: categories, concepts and cognition”, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society of London, viewed 29 August 2016 <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1693009/>
three: Suckerpunch Film (2011)
Going on from the latter, this film really spooked me on all levels and no one (other than my boyfriend) seems to agree with me. Quick update of the plot, Babydoll (as pictured) is initially put in a mental hospital by her step father (who murdered her sister and is institutionalising Babydoll so she cannot testify as she witnessed it all). The result of the lobotomy is manifested within the plotline of her transcending dimensions – the film is what she perceived in her mind (and actual eyes): fantasy of brothels and how “dancing” allows her to transcend into another fantasy of violence, blood, aggression.. when in all actual fact she’s actually a vegetated state sitting in a wheelchair of a psych ward. That was my interpretation of the film after all.. and loved the interpretation of how fragile a mind is.
This is a visual representation and of course it’s going to differ from texts as films seep into a cave of possibilities. It activates a sensory relationship with the user (well for me it did).
four: coca cola ad
The salient element behind the ad is the vibrant colour red that attracts the user immediately and my eyes are straining as I’m typing this with the image above being so absorbing with the red. The central vector is create by the placement of the bottle in the middle where the opened bottom creates vectors with the bottom of the ad. There is a clear succession with figure and ground and a complementary relationship with eating.
Advertisements has always been an exploitation of manipulation, if the intentions are capitalistic of course. This is more or so a paradigm of advertisements manipulation human mental capacities which makes it different to any of the text sources I’ve collected.
five: Samaritans Poster
The photographer involved in this collaboration is Nadav Kander, a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. A series of colour coordination brings out depth of the message of the poster. The purple text represents the background and facade of words that the figure is facing whilst the brown text represents the true thoughts which coincidentally his jacket is brown (alludes to the nature of the weight on their back). The nature of composing purple text with brown is to imply of a deeper approach. This poster has a very modernistic approach but simplistically reverberates the service of Samaritans which once again differs from the text sources I’ve mentioned above.
six: physical and the metaphysical
Based on my experiences of chiropractic sessions, I understand the practice to be a completely natural holistic approach of improving mental health, integrating physical life with it. There was a profound establishment on the understanding of my central nervous system and how my skeletal system is the fundamentals of transportation for these nerves. And with proper nutritional dieting, ceasing terrible habits, regular exercise and adjustments I felt like I was harnessing my energy with my utmost peak. Our mental health is as important as our physical health because they coexist together to live harmoniously.
The disparity between this poster and the text sources is that there is a relatable substance in the poster that I’ve experienced and can concur on. The matter of the academic texts I’ve collected has never been subjected to me in my life and cannot base my past experiences to relate.
seven: eastern remedies
There is a clear disparity between Eastern and Western practices on the treatment of mental illnesses. Western principles circulate around the medicinal industry which requires a professional degree to pursue whereas Eastern practices are based on holistic and natural herbal remedies . I asked my parents about their knowledge since they’ve been subjected to it all, growing up in South Eastern Asia whereby Chinese protocols are followed in their societies. Both Western and Eastern medicinal practices are prevalent and both do have their pros and cons with Western being practical but synthetic and disorienting to human’s natural cycle; and Eastern being completely natural yet time consuming and impractical. Western practices allow further technological examinations whereas Eastern practices require a physical inspection of the nose, mouth, ears, inquisition and heart beat. Depression in an Eastern context is considered to be a problem with circulating Qi (energy) around your body. The main organ responsible for circulating Qi is recognized as the liver with the heart and spleen playing supporting roles. Qi is also a fundamental concept in Feng Shui, which depicts the way of living using the energy around their space. Feng Shui can also play a massive factor on someone’s energy which affects their personality and moods for those whose particular niche is spiritual.
This differs amongst the text sources as it provides insight into another context that we’re not accustomed to. However, it does align with naturopaths with their ethics and practices being so similar and all.
The image depicts a perfect depiction between vulnerability and insecurities. In the waking life, the figure seems so complacent and naive towards the figure’s reflection in the mirror which adds to their influence. Should the reflection and what one sees be the result and leading figure of someone’s life? Absolutely not. The website which provides the information annotates “Listen to your self-talk. Once you realize that some aspects of your internal voice may be contributing to your body insecurity, it’s time to pay closer attention to these thoughts. Negative self-talk reinforces itself and creates your reality. The only way to stop it is to become aware of it.” Very powerful words, acknowledgement is the door to acceptance. It’s a very bold move but profound.
nine: astral projection
This image is a great representation of one’s creativity when it comes to astral projecting. Astral projection is the planar we enter once we are asleep and I like to believe that dreams are the manifestations of your subconscious. Many self discoveries are acknowledged through this realm and can help ascend your soul. The practice of dreaming becomes undermined (especially the ability to lucid dream) as it is viewed as a common trait in every human. But could it possibly be a much more deeper platform and a medium that can be used to understand the mental capacity of a human brain. In fact, not just a human brain but rather every being as it is homogenous in every species to sleep.
ten: anti-smoking campaigns
Very succinct and crude message to smokers to exaggerate on the detrimental effects. This organisation achieves a unique approach to grab the attention of consumers. The yellow is bold and highlights itself amongst the asphalt. It is geographically placed next to objects whereby smokers are enforced to be i.e a trashcan to throw away their cigarette butts if that is in a very civilised society otherwise message will go unnoticed. This differs to the other text sources as it is a social experiment conducted to achieve their purpose.