Here is my final blog post!
What challenges did you overcome throughout this inquiry project? How did you go about overcoming these challenges?
To be honest, I struggled with motivation throughout these final months. I was on the verge of failing this class, however, I pulled through and now I am passing! I went about this by doing most of my work slowly over time so that I would not feel the pressure of doing all of my late assignments at once. At times, my mom would help remind me that I had to go despite not wanting to! She was a vital aspect of regaining my motivation as well.
How did this inquiry change the way you think?
This inquiry has helped me, not change the way I think, however, it has given me more knowledge on things that impact my daily life such as mental illness. Such as people with depression are sympathized with while people with schizophrenia are viewed as dangerous. It makes me conscious of how others see me and those who have a mental illness as well. It lets me keep myself safe from people who I shouldn’t share my experiences with.
How did this investigation impact your future decisions?
I am definitely not taking this class again because of how stressful I found it! I do not like waking up at 7:30 AM as it makes me feel very sleepy. On a serious note, I believe that I have more knowledge to go into conversations on mental health now than I did in the past. My actions impact how others see those who have mental illnesses, so I will try my best to inform people who are uninformed on this topic to my utmost.
What impact will this investigation have on others locally and/or globally?
I hope that, at least locally, people will have a better understanding of what stigma against mental health does to different groups of people who have a mental illness! A large reason that I chose this topic is to help destigmatize the stigma surrounding mental health as I am tired of experiencing its effects. I also hope that people that have mental illnesses have felt seen by my inquiry project!
Thank you for reading! Have a good summer!