Mental Health Ms. Croak English 9/1st hour
Background • Mental Health • 1. A state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life. • 2. A branch of medicine that deals with the achievement and maintenance of psychological well-being. • 3. A person's overall emotional and psychological condition
Types of Mental Health Issues • Schizophrenia • Bipolar Disorder • Obsessive Compulsion Disorder (OCD) • Anxiety Disorder
Main Idea • Mental health is an issue presented in I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier and is still present in today’s society
Mental Health in Society • has been evident in society for centuries • is treated much differently now than it was in the past • today we still see mental health discussed in news, literature, and media
History of Mental Health • In the 17th and 18th centuries, individuals with mental illnesses underwent great suffering at the hands of American society. Viewed as demon-possessed or characterized as senseless animals, they were subject to deplorable treatment. • In 1972, The costs of housing patients increased dramatically, patients became bored and felt they lacked the purpose they once clung to, thus the need to de-institutionalize was more prevalent then ever. • As more patients were de-institutionalized, cottages and buildings were gradually closed at the Athens mental institution. • Through television programs, literature distribution, and other media, NAMH continued to educate the American public on mental health issues and promote mental health awareness. • The Athens Mental Health Center has emphasized short-term inpatient care since 1976, and refers patients to the Tri- County Mental Health and Counseling Service for out- patient care. • By the mid-1970s the long and short-term inpatient population was reduced to 300-400 patients, and by 1987 to around 200.
I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier • Adam, the protagonist in the novel, I am the Cheese, suffers from mental illness • For much of the novel, Adam believes he is on a journey to meet his father when in reality he is circling the yard in a mental hospital
Quotes that demonstrate Adam’s mental illness in I am the Cheese • “I am afraid of a thousand things, a million. Like, is it possible to be claustrophobic and yet fear open spaces, too?” (Cormier 12). • Context: • Significance:
Quotes (continued) • “My arm hurts. My body hurts. All those needles” (116). • Context: • Significance:
Quotes (continued) • “Are you feeling better? They say you refused to get out of bed yesterday. Are you better today? They say you have not eaten. That you have not slept. That you lie there staring into space” (106). • Context: • Significance:
Mental Health Today • Mental Health Article • A Beautiful Mind • Hoarders
Final Thoughts • Mental health illness has been researched, analyzed, and reviewed for many centuries. • This topic is still very much an issue in today’s society. • While we have made many advances in this field, there are still ways we can improve.
Works Cited “HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION AND THE MOVEMENT.” MI IA Mental Health America. Mental Health America, 2013. Web. 13 February 2013. Leupo, Kimberly. “The History of Mental Illness.” Mental Health. Kathi Stringer & Respective Authors, 2012. Web. 13 February 2013.