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Proposal: Mental Health

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.

The Issue

Problem Defined

Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay.

Some common self-help suggestions people receive are to exercise, meditate and be more present, which are helpful and work for many people. However, other proven methods aren’t mentioned as often. Many of them are quick and simple techniques that can easily be added to daily routines.


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What Is Mental Illness?MORE

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.

recognizing mental health MORE

Today, the hospital can address mental health issues as effectively as it treats trauma or cardiac arrest. This shift is occurring nationally, with community-involved, comprehensive mental health integration into hospitals in cities and rural communities alike. 

knowing what mental health isMORE

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse Family history of mental health problems

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It’s time to recognize mental health as essential to physical health

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Mental disorders affect nearly 20 percent of American adults; nearly 4 percent are severely impaired and classified as having serious mental illness. They also increase the risk of physical injury and death through accidents, violence, and suicide. 


My name is Tyeisha Thomas and I attend Allegany College of Maryland. I'm 17 years old and my major is nursing. I want to be a mental health nurse, that is apart of the reason I wanted yo make my proposal about mental health. I take mental health very serious because it’s easy to think of mental health as separate from physical health — but your brain is part of your body. Mental illness is the root cause of many physical symptoms. I'm from Baltimore, Maryland where you're going to have different mental challenges around you, where you have to push through things. I graduated from Randallstown High School which is in Baltimore county. My original plan of my life was to go to the military after high school, but I ended up changing my mind at the last minute to come to college. I changed my mind because I don't think I was ready for the military but I am ready for college because I can still see my family whenever. I'm very family oriented, my mother and I are close. I didn't want to end up getting put to far from her.

Tyeisha Thomas

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Deep BreathingMORE

-Breathing is an annoying cliche at this point, but that’s because the best way to calm anxiety really is to breathe deeply. 

-Breathe in for 5 seconds Hold the breath for 3 seconds Breathe out for 7 seconds This gentle repetition sends a message to the brain that everything is okay (or it will be soon). Before long, your heart will slow its pace and you will begin to relax—sometimes without even realizing it.

-deep breaths increases oxygen in our bloodstream and thus in our brain

-Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness

-Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind

-Deep breaths can settle your nerves, and now scientists have discovered the neural pathway in the brain that controls this process

-Your heart beats slower and your muscles relax


-looks at how well you are able to think, reason, and remember (cognitive functioning)

-tracking your moods

-You might be encouraged to look at things in a different way or learn new ways to react to events or people

-understand your mental health condition

-cope with stress;

-make sense of past traumatic experiences

-separate your true personality from the moods caused by your condition

Improve access to mental healthcare and encourage the development of novel drugs and therapies MORE

Successful mental health treatment should combine behavioral and psychological interventions with other medical ones when appropriate. Unfortunately, many of those who need treatment do not receive it because they live in areas of low access, or simply cannot afford medication.

It is estimated that about 75% of people in LMICs have no access to mental health treatment. Even in an advanced economy such as the US, it is estimated that one in five adults with a mental illness are not able to get the treatment they need. And this alarming number only includes individuals who are actually seeking treatment but facing barriers to getting it.

Expected Results
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Expected from Mental Health MORE

-mental illness symptoms

-thoughts, feelings or behaviors that have been troubling you

-Interview with your doctor

-A Physical examination

-Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), which is a short questionnaire used to measure cognitive impairment.

-mental health disorders such as anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder and bipolar disorder

-treatments in your person’s home

expected to self harm their selvesMORE

how you may react to mental illnessMORE


Federal agencies are important sources of funding for rural mental health programs. Mental health services are funded by the federal government in the following ways: Through direct provision of services, such as services provided in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service facilities.As currently written, the 2018 omnibus boosts federal health spending by $10.1 billion, providing increases for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more.

Funding in FY 2017 was $375.3 million, but the President's budget proposes a cut of $42.8 million. i National Institute of Mental Health. (2017) Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among U.S. Adults.

The Conversation

5 months ago
I have been through time where I was depressed and sad. Being depressed and sad is not a good feeling anybody should want to go through and it's important to check up on your friends because you never know what they're going though. I encourage everyone to pitch in when it comes to helping with other peoples mental health. Just only a year ago I was going through sad times and felt like I wanted to give up but I had to pick myself up and focus on my future of course. I spoke up and got help.

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