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I care about the topic of drug-free treatment for mental illness because I strongly believe that it should be encouraged around the world. I’ve seen people in my life that are close to me suffer from mental disorders and the horrible side effects they had to go through while taking pharmaceuticals and visiting doctors every week. I care about it even more than I did before because I know a lot more about it now. In order to get my results, I read and analyzed specific chapters from 3 different novels that I found the most relevant to my topic.

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If you’re reading this, I am assuming you’re interested in mental health. If so, I have posted many news articles about individuals whose mental health was at risk. I began researching and posting mainly on children who are victims of sexual abuse. For example, click here for a link to my post about a child that was sexually victimized by her middle school teacher.

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When we talk about sexual assault and violence, we immediately associate the victims of this crime as women and the perpetrators as men. While this is true in the majority of the cases, statistics show that 10% of rape victims in the U.S. are male (RAINN, 2009). The NewsActivist post Men Can't Be Raped described a case where a female security guard sexually molested a 15-year old boy.

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This post will focus on the Montreal-based non-profit Projet Autochtone du Québec (PAQ), who strive to increase the well-being of the Aboriginal population in Quebec. I examine how the PAQ can improve their outputs and increase community involvement.

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    Judith Cooney is a licensed psychologist with a PhD, specialization in child counselling, and published author of many mental health books and articles. One specific book written by Cooney in 1987 titled “Coping with Childhood Sexual Abuse” address the myths related to sexual abuse, the effects brought on by the abuse, and possible preventions or solutions to sexual abuse.

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An article on CBC titled “Montreal Homeless Native Population Rising, Shelters Say” was posted on December 9, 2013 which address that Montreal resource centers are struggling to provide for the continuously rising homeless aboriginal population. Today, the population continues to increase while the shelter space decreases.

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More and more in society, we are seeing young people suffering from extreme anxiety, being diagnosed with forms of clinical depression, and, in some cases, even committing suicide. In many of these instances, past sexual relationships are what are at the root of these unfortunate down-ward spirals in young adults. Where is this system going wrong?

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The news article posted on The Gazette titled “Projets Autochtones du Quebec: ‘Culturally safe space’ provides warmth and friends ear” written by Jan Ravensbergen on December 30, 2012 aims to bring awareness to some of the issues that the Montreal, Chinatown PAQ organization branch is struggling with. The PAQ is constantly receiving more and more aboriginals in need of their support.

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The following is a summary of the academic journal article titled “Immediate and Long-Term Impacts of Child Sexual Abuse” written by John N. Briere and Diana M. Elliott. The thesis statement of the article is that there are predictable negative outcomes that may develop due to childhood sexual abuse (CSA). The authors believe that said outcomes will harm a victim’s mental and physical health. The article contains a variety of negative effects that are prone to child sexual abuse survivors. The effects are listed in two board categories; “Psychological” and “Behavioural”.

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“Crimes and Punishment: Understanding of the Criminal Code” written by Jung Sandy , Ahn-Redding  Heatherm , and Allison Meredith is about the world of criminal law in our society. These authors talk about citizens engaging in illegal behaviours such as do drugs, stealing, homicide and many other crimes. The criminal justice system takes in support whether society wants change or not in the laws and policies.

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Before the 1940’s mental health was mainly based on Sigmund Freud’s research on how the individual’s mental wellbeing was dependent on a mothers care, a functioning libido, conscious and unconscious mind. Someone who was known as “the father of client-centered therapy” (Holl, 1997) and  “the most significant humanistic theorist” (Cherry, 2014) has changed the world of psychology. The leading figure of psychotherapy and development of the popular theory of personality development is Dr. Carl Rogers.

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Everyone knows that homelessness is a problem in urban areas of the United States.  There is often studies done on the rate of homelessness and how they survive but a new study has brought a new side to problems of homeless veterans.  No one has ever really studied the dangers and side effects of living homeless on the psyche of veterans.  The study in this article was carried out through the VA Homeless Operations Management and Evaluation System (HOMES) which is an online program that keeps track of homeless veterans along with the tracking of non-veteran homeless people.   The results sh

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Mental Illness seems to be one of those taboo subjects in today’s culture, but people don’t realize that talking about it can help you in the long run! This study shows how changing your perspective on mental health disorders can impact your likelihood to reach out for help if ever you found yourself suffering from a mental illness in the future. Thinking more positively of others now could help you later. Andres Martinez’s studies have shown a positive relationship between humanizing mental health disorders, compassion, and help-seeking behavior.

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Summary: Do you have a place you call home? Many are not that fortunate and because of their lack of hospitality they are paying the costs with their life.

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1.The speakes purpose of this speech was is to find out what happened to the missing malaysian aircraft flight 370. The chinese satelillte may have taken some images of some debris on march 9th but wasn't relealed into wednesday   2. The speakers in this speech are a news anchor jake tapper and richard quest. the anchors has attention from the world as well as the families of the flight victims to see if the debris was actually from the flight.  

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I discuss the effects of childhood abuse when a person grows up. Early abuse may lead to depression and high levels of stress compared to someone who did not experience adversities as a child.

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Organization: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)Website:

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Organization: Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)                                                                              Website: Values/GoalsThe Canadian Mental Health Association sets out to promote mental health and support those who are interested in recovering from a mental illness. Their main goal is to help those who are affected by a mental illness develop into a healthy, confident, and productive individual.

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February 17th 2014 Ending the Death Penalty by Dale. S  Recinella Is the death penalty necessary? After 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated, innocent people were wrongly convicted (Recinella, 2008, p.12). According to many churches, if there is no other way to protect innocent law-abiding citizens the death penalty shall be used (Recinella, 2008, p. 13). I believe that the death penalty is ineffective.  

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In the 19th century the aboriginals of Canada were brought in residential schools in order to assimilate their culture. The constant discount of the Canadian government for the aboriginal education system has a negative impact accountably on the Native Americans, but more specifically on those who try to pursue greater education.

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The following article will address the issue of domestic violence with information gathered from the Montreal news and Denver news. The news articles will summarize recent events that involve domestic violence against women. The first article titled “Jahmane Bolton, aka Montreal rapper Frost, pimped and beat girlfriend” reviews a Montreal case of domestic violence about a women who was forced into modern-day slavery.

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In an article I’ve read recently written by three Chicago tribune journalist, called “Police: off-duty officer fatally shoots robbery suspect at Walgreens”, the authors describe how an off-duty police killed a 56 years old robbery suspect in a store.

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On September 9, 2009 an article titled “Repeat Drunk Driver Not a Dangerous Offender” was published on the CBC news website. The article revolves around Roger Walsh who in 2008 killed a women in a wheelchair named Anee Khudaverdian. Roger Walsh hit Anee and fled the scene to only be arrested a couple blocks away after having crashed into a ditch. Quebec court Judge Michel Mercier gave Walsh a life sentence in jail but refused to label him as a “dangerous offender”. The night of the murder, Roger Walsh had more than double the legal alcohol limit.

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Accidents happen all the time, but some have larger consequences than others. Back in August 2013, an African rock python killed two young boys in New Brunswick by escaping from its cage. and strangling them. It was found that the reptile was an illegal species that should not have been in the province of N.B, as they are banned from the province. Officials decided to euthanize the python and perform an autopsy.

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An article titled “Making music videos helps young cancer patients cope” featured by BBC News on January 26, 2014 explains how an experiment testing the effects of music therapy on a group of patients undergoing high-risk stem cell transplant treatments that were asked to produce a music video. The young 11-24 year olds worked with a professional music expert who helped the patients write song lyrics, record sounds and construct video montages in hopes to improve their communication and sensation towards their illness.

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 According to Abigail Elise who wrote the article; Video Games Have No Effect On Children’s Behavior, New Study Finds on the November 22nd 2013, video games and television has been proven to not be harmful to children, but otherwise. A study in United Kingdom has been held in order to determine if video games were causing deficit disorder or depression. Around 11 000 children were used for the studies where the parents would answer survey questions after tracking their kids’ behavior for a period of time. The study concludes that video games can actually improve some parts of the brain.

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  On Friday it was announced that a young man had died outside one of the on-campus student residence of the South Carolina University. The deceased of twenty years old was shot to death by what the authorities believe to be four suspects although they are still unclear of all the details and motives behind the murder.

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Alcohol use generally starts at mid to late teenage years causing several issues relating to motor vehicle accidents, binge drinking and even fatalities. 21 is the minimum national drinking age which has become a policy in the United States in order to have some control within alcohol consumption. There has been much debate over the past several years on whether or not the legal drinking age should be lowered to age 18. Even though many adolescence and college students agree with lowering the drinking age there is plenty of evidence which supports the legal age of alcohol consumption remaining at 21 years old. A concerning statistic states that alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death here in the US. Alcohol kills about 75,000 youth and young adults due to accidental injuries each year. Not only does alcohol increase the likelihood of a young death, but also to several other factors including sexual assault, unintended pregnancy, STI’s, violence, crime, mental health issues, overdose and other substance abuse. It is true that underage drinkers tend to drink on less occasions, however these occasions consist of heavy binge drinking which ultimately is the cause of these serious matters.

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Childhood Sexual Abuse is present in people's life. It is very traumatizing and can stay with the victim for years. People can find ways to cope with it but it never will truly disappear.

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Homelessness upon youth is a growing problem especially in the United States. Homelessness itself is a problem on its own however; homelessness causes a variety of more serious problems, which the authors of my article specifically address.

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