NewsActivism- Champlain College St. Lambert, Winter 2013
About this class
This class asks each student to blog about news in the world that calls for action. As the semester progresses, the student's blog develops focus and clarity about certain issues and the ways organizations and academics pursue progress. Students may volunteer or do interviews and academic research to further understanding of how individuals can attempt to change the news they read.
Collaborations with students in the course "Globalization" from SUNY Brockport will allow for students' perspectives to broader around issues that matter to them.
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You summarized your article really well, straight to the point and clear to read. It is interesting to read about crime and punishment from a young adult’s point of view. I agree with the authors that some young adults are not as educated as they should be about crimes and their consequences. I found an article that takes a different approach to this issue by focusing on the prevention of crimes and punishment on young adults. Overall, the document mentions the definition of the more probable crimes and punishments of young adults and how education can be a major solution to the issue. Specifically, the chapter 5 (page 42) mentions that the more information young adults have on the consequences of crimes, provides them with a better understanding and a better mentality to think about their actions. More knowledge has never really hurt someone so I agree with the authors about enforcing more education on this issue.
Link to the article: http://rethinking.org.uk/informed/pdf/RCP%20The%20Report.pdf
I like that you chose a really important but tragic news broadcast. Watching the reporters speak about such a terrible thing and have so little answers was frustrating . So finally, according to recent news, officials have found the missing plane and has put everyone at ease. The most current news broadcast's purpose is to inform the world that the once missing Malaysia Plane has been found in the Indian Ocean unfortunately, with no survivors. The reporter’s audience is not only the family members of those who were passengers on the plane but for everyone around the world. The speakers have successfully accomplished putting the passenger’s families at ease along with the rest of the world population. They basically let the world know that a plane cannot just go missing for several days and just disappear. The news broadcast definitely reassured the world that they have had and still have this very unfortunate event under control. The only negative implication this speech has brought on is for the family members of the deceased passengers. Yes, the families have gotten closure but now they have to deal with the death of their loved ones instead of dealing with that tiny bit of hope that they were still alive and well somewhere in the world.
I feel it was necessary to comment on your post because now that the plane has been found, my link is like the missing puzzle piece!
Link to most current news broadcast on missing plane (now found): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwQC93cR2wg
I like the way you tackle the issue of mental illness by focusing on the stigma. Sure, at time I found myself a little lost while reading your post because like you mention, stigma is not basic knowledge to all. I did my own research on the stigma of mental illness and found a lengthy article that can help further your research. The article is titled “The Stigma Associated with Mental Illness” written by the Canadian Mental Health Association. The article mentions that the stigma of mental illness typically takes the form of stereotyping, distrust, income, self-worth, and family. Because those who suffer from mental illness are known to be branded as “dangerous, unpredictable, and weak-willed” victims tend to ignore or cross out and possibility that they might have a mental illness. The article also mentions a solution, education. The authors believe that education is the best way to reduce the stigma that is linked to mental illness. The main reasons of this article is bring focus that stigma is the greatest challenge mental health has to face for the damaging effects it can have when on the journey of recovery.
Link to article: http://www.cmhanl.ca/pdf/Stigma.pdf
Montreal has a unique way to deal with the issue of stigma and mental illness. The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is a non-profit organisation that deals with issues relating to mental health and mental illness. For example they can work with people dealing with depression or bipolar illness. This is just one of many organizations that deal with mental health and strive to help those who suffer from mental illness in hopes to conquer their disease and lead them to a better life.
Link to website, specifically Anti-stigma page: http://www.mooddisorderscanada.ca/page/anti-stigma
I enjoyed reading about your post because there is not enough awareness of the effects on homelessness and I feel like you have mentioned the key effects. I have found an article written by the "Canadian Institute for Health Information" that tackles the issue of homelessness from many angles. The article can help you with your research because it lists definitions, statistics, effects, and solutions. The article mentions that the negative psychological effects that can develop because of homelessness are the following; schizophrenia, personality disorders, substance abuse, concurrent disorders, depression, and major depressive disorder. A major mental outcome of homelessness is depression and it plays as a snowball effect which leads to other illnesses. The article also mentions some solutions to help the homeless who are affected by psychological issues. The authors suggest that coping is the main way the homeless should address their mental illnesses. They can achieve this by social support to boost their self-esteem and get rid of the suicidal behaviors.
Link to article: http://www.cpa.ca/cpasite/userfiles/Documents/Practice_Page/mental_healt...
Montreal has a unique relationship with the issue of homelessness. For example the Mental Health Commission of Canada has recently done a study of 469 homeless participants to determine the probably of the homeless experiencing a mental illness. One of the objective of MHCC is to help people with mental health problems find and maintain employment. In addition, instead of providing the homeless with random shelters they gave the participants the ability to choose the type of housing they wanted. Moreover, the homeless were provided with health care and life skills coaching.
Link to MHCC website:
You have written about an interesting and well researched topic so you have successfully provided knowledgeable information. Childhood abuse is a topic that I have spent fairly a lot of time researching and I know that depression is the main mental illness that victims deal with in the long-run. I have found an article that focuses on the long-term effects of childhood abuse. The article will be posted at the end. The article contains sections on the most likely effects of child abuse. The authors focus on the negative outcomes that affect a victim’s physical and emotional well-being. It mentions that victims who have been exposed to violence at a young age can develop head trauma, impaired brain development and an overall poor physical health. As for the emotional effects, victims can have difficulties interacting with others thus developing social difficulties. Some victims may develop drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, the article mentions possible behavior issues that can develop in a victims adult years.
In Montreal, we have a center called “Montreal Assault Prevention Center” that has over 87,000 children that have participated in child abuse prevention workshops in addition to thousands of teachers and parents that have learned several ways to prevent child abuse.
Here is a link to the center’s website: http://cpamapc.org/en/
You title is very inviting! I think you have strong arguments. Before reading your post i was pro death penalty because I thought that if someone was to commit a serious crime why should they have the right to live after they have taken a life. But then you raised an important point, what if the wrong person was convicted. Then, when you look at the death penalty as a worldview, it is basically implying “it is illegal and wrong to kill however, those in power can override this law and kill anyway.” I found this article that list several reasons why the death penalty should be illegal. The article contains persuasive arguments I strongly recommend you read it.
Hi I feel like you are an individual who I can take seriously. Your overall opinion can be seen throughout your text, but in a good way. I feel like you addressed the issue. Enjoy your life.
The title caught my eye on this one because I also discussed assisted suicide. I understand both sides of the argument and how it would cause a lot of struggle for the doctors who would have to put an end to someone’s life. However, I agree with you, I feel that if I person is unhappy with their current situation and there is no other help for it, then they should have the right to end their own life. The value of compassion, as you mentioned, is an important one, and to me as well, I feel that watching someone in pain wither away for months on end waiting for death to come isn’t compassionate, and it isn’t really living is it? I also agree with individual freedom, it should be the person’s choice if they no longer want to live. I strongly believe in the moral claim that states everybody’s interest should have equal consideration, if a human doesn’t have the right to make the decision about their own bodies, then their interests aren’t being considered equally. Would it truly be so problematic to allow people to take their own lives?
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