Inquiry Question 1: Comparisons between mental health in first vs. third world countries.

Hi everyone!

I've decided that for my first topic I would research something that has been a big subject in my life. Mental health. This topic has always interested me and it's not something people generally talk about or express. Mental health is a big issue and I feel that more people should confront these emotions that can overtake us.

I look forward to hearing all of your feedback, critiques, and insight on this topic. I hope that this can spark a conversation that is so desperately needed.

Thank you! 



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Hey Alanna! 

This is an amazing topic, and one that can be very difficult to talk about. As someone with personal experience with mental health issues, I understand the severity of this subject, but unfortunately, many people chalk mental health down to simple black and white emotions. In reality, mental health can be a separate entity all together, which is why I'm really excited to see where this research takes you! 

Here are some links which may help you in your research:

Good luck!  

Ooh, this is super cool Alanna!

The differences between developed and underdeveloped countries are substantial, but in a variety of different ways whether that be resources, medical staff, awareness, or the prominence of other issues (which may disguise the seriousness of some mental health issues). You could begin your cycle by researching the differences between sedatives, anxiolytics, and hypnotics, then research the different types of sedatives and how the most common ones function (neurologically). Maybe even go into how these drugs can negatively affect people overdosing on them. Instead, you could take a sociological approach and look at how those with mental illnesses are treated in different societies and what resources are out there to help people cope. There are many different ways you could go about doing this; I hope you find what kindles you the most!

Hi !

This is an interesting topic,and its true its not addressed in our day to day life.

i thought of commenting with a definition as i await your next post. Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community

Hey Alanna,

This comparison is certainly an important and interesting one to make. I think that, while there are insufficient supports for people with mental illness in first world countries, third world countries have even worse ability to deal with such illnesses. 

Can't wait to see some research!

Ben Laird 

Hey Alanna,

I'm very interested in your topic idea! The comparison of mental health from developed to undeveloped countries is rarely talked about. I was wondering how you would be defining which countries fit into which category? Will you be comparing one country vs another or averaging out the developed and undeveloped countries. Will you be looking more into the citizens and what illnesses they have? The treatment? There's also a question with diagnosis: can richer countries afford to diagnose more people? How many people get to even go to a hospital in the first place?

Sorry to overload you with questions but it seems like quite the difficult subject... Best of luck,

Katelyn Lachance

Hello Alanna, 

I think this topic is really brilliant. Mental health is an issue that often gets overlooked and brushed off as fake, but it's truly a severe subject. This topic is rich with possibilities--I would suggest maybe looking at how wealth impacts the ability to seek assistance of any type, how socially acceptable mental disabilities are, and what populations are more likely to have mental health issues.

Good luck, I'm excited to see your work!
-Joanna Whitter

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