Sources

  1. “40th Anniversary of Title IX: The Next Generation.” Title IX. The MARGARET Fund of NWLC, 2017. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
  2. “Counseling and Psychiatry.” Center for Counseling & Student Development. University of Delaware , n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2017. <http://sites.udel.edu/counseling/>.
  3. Campbell, Rebecca, Emily Dworkin, and Giannina Cabral. “An Ecological Model of the Impact of Sexual Assault on Women’s Mental Health.” Trauma, Violence, and Abuse 10.3 (2009): n. pag. Sage Journals. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
  4. Oluo, Ijeoma. “‘13 Reasons Why’ Scared The Shit Out Of Me — And It Should Scare You Too.” The Establishment . N.p., 14 Apr. 2017. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
  5. Mowbray, Carol. “Campus mental health services: Recommendations for change.” 76.2 (2016): n. pag. APA PsycNET. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

Source 1: This source outlines what Title IX entails and the actual impacts it has on college campuses. It’s important that I include this as a source because a portion of my paper is focused on how sexual assault on college campuses affects women’s health. Title IX is always a part of the conversation concerning sexual assault on campuses. I mention a personal experience I’ve had on campus and how Title IX played a part in that so it’s very important that I’m able to clearly define and explain it.

Source 2: I specifically mention the University of Delaware several times in my paper to make it more relevant to students on our own campus. Part of the point that I am arguing is that there are not enough qualified resources on campus for student’s who are struggling with mental illnesses. This site is from UD’s own page and discusses the options available to students.

Source 3: This is a very important source because it comes from an academic journal and fits into my paragraphs concerning the effects of sexual assault on the mental health of women on campuses. I can use this source to solidify and add credibility to my points arguing that sexual assault, a huge issue on campus, can worsen the already debilitating affects of mental illnesses for students.

Source 4: 13 Reasons Why is an extremely popular show that is very prevalent with students on colleges campuses as it just recently came out. It deals very graphically with issues of rape and suicide and has received a good amount of criticism for the way that it portrays depression and suicide. The show does make use of trigger warnings but as a part of my paper I am arguing that these warnings are largely ineffective and the show’s graphic images can still have a hugely negative affect on those who actually deal with the issues discussed. This article discusses from a personal perspective how the show had an extremely negative affect on her son who struggles with depression and suicidal tendencies.

Source 5: This article from an academic journal discusses how mental health series on college campuses need to be reformed in order to be more effective. This is the main point that I am making in my paper and this article accentuates all of the points that I am attempting to prove in my paper.

My sources each relate directly to a topic I am discussing in my paper and blend well together in a way that allows me to have evidence to back up my statements. They each are very descriptive and I am happy that the ones that I have found so clearly relate to the main topics I want to cover.

Mental Health On College Campus

Mental health on college campuses has been a well known widespread issue for many years now. Even on the UD campus there are many flyers and posters spread about various locations with information on how to receive counseling as well as numbers for hotlines. Student Health Services houses counselors that students can visit to receive help if they feel that they are not well mentally.

College campuses are a virtual breeding ground for mental health illnesses, as the transition away from home to living independently on a college campus can be extremely hard for many incoming students. Additionally, students must learn to deal with the stress of schoolwork, loans, jobs, relationships, and the stress of living in such close proximity to so many of their peers. Altogether college is a very difficult period in many students lives which is why we see the prevalence of mental disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder in so many college students.

According to statistics provided by the Chadron State College 1 in 4 college students have a diagnosable mental illness. However, much less than this amount of students are ever actually diagnosed because many campuses fail to provide the proper support. Student’s often feel unsure of how they can receive help or do not feel comfortable using the resources available to them. Unfortunately, lack of help to those who need it can sometimes lead to suicide in student populations. One of the reasons mental health on college campuses has been focused on by the media so often in recent years is because of the number of suicides that have occurred at high profile universities. For example, the suicide of the star UPenn runner who ran off the roof of a parking garage on campus.

There are multiple ways that we can raise awareness and help improve the and lower the instances of mental illness and suicide on college campuses. Some of these include lowering the stigma around mental illness. The way that issues such as depression and bipolar disorder are portrayed in movies and tv shows vary extremely from the realities that many students face on an everyday basis. Educating the student body would help provide an environment more conducive to helping those in need.

 

Advocacy

To me advocacy means having the passion and taking the time to spread awareness about a certain issue in order to inspire and promote change. When I think of movements that work to create change the first thing that comes  to mind are Pride Marches that aim to end the stigma and prejudice against members of the gay community and that strive to ensure equal rights for members of the LBGTQ community, as well as being a celebration of who they are. Many movements that are extremely popular such as the recent Women’s marches across the nation are used as tools to promote and protect people’s rights. However, people can also advocate for the removal of people’s rights. For example, movements to defund Planned Parenthood have a vast number of anti-abortion members who advocate to defund Planned Parenthood so women aren’t able to easily get the help they need to have an abortion. Similarly, recent pro-Trump, anti-immigrant movements aim to prevent immigrants from having the same protections and rights as natural born citizens. Some movements  that I would really like  to learn more about and possibly become more involved in are movements supporting the LGBT community and movements spreading awareness about sexual assault. Many of my friends have come out to me as gay over the last couple years so this is a movement that is very important to me because I want to do everything I personally can to ensure they can be happy and comfortable regardless of their sexual orientation. Additionally, living on a college campus  has made me especially aware of how prevalent sexual assault is and how it can literally happen at anytime to anyone. I strongly believe that everyone should be able to walk across their own campus where they live without having the fear that they may be attacked and sexually assaulted. Additionally sexual assault at parties involving drugs and alcohol are especially common. I think that more education on sexual assault should be given and more tools should be made to support victims of sexual assault. I would like to learn more and possibly get involved with S.O.S, Sexual Offense Support, on UD’s campus.