I will put two writing below from the discussion post. Please read them and respond to them separately with you OWN opinion, 100 words each, no source just your opinion, by including
in one or more of the following ways:
– building a focused argument around a specific issue;
– asking a new related question; and/or– sharing opposing viewpoints with supporting evidence(i.e. personal experience/observation, course materials, outside research).
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Note: The video that is used in discussions is : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wSO2hdLShU&t=1s
1-For the over 5 million people that live in Liberia, the past two decades have seen two extreme hardships take over their country and leave it in a state of disarray. Although the civil war is almost 20 years in the past, and Ebola has been seemingly eradicated from Liberia the lingering effects of living through these two traumatic events is still being felt, and now being addressed head on. Both the civil war and Ebola epidemic left many in Liberia dealing with the loss of loved ones, as well as their own physical ailments, which in turn created another epidemic of mental health issues.
The lack of modern medicine and treatment has left many Liberians to be subject to traditional means of addressing their issues. As we see in the video, some of these traditional treatments are archaic and only work to extend the problem for the patient. Through the Carter Foundation and other NGOs, more modern ways of addressing the mental struggles that Liberians are facing are being introduced to the population. The Liberian government seems to agree that these tactics are working in words, but not in any sort of monetary funding. As we see in many developing countries, the government and their policies have a great impact on the outlook of the country. Their ability to influence the effectiveness of how a nation tackles its pressing issues seems to be far more reaching than the ability of developed countries. Because of this I am afraid that the mental health crisis that is terrorizing the people of Liberia will continue to grow until the government addresses it not only with their speeches, but with their wallet as well.
Mental health is a very difficult issue to tackle and there is no “one size fits all” treatment like a vaccine for a disease or a peace treaty to end a war. The spread of this issue is the consequence of years of traumatic experiences felt by the people of Liberia, and as we see here in the United States, it is not a quick fix. The issue must be addressed on a personal level with each individual feeling the strain of the years of hard living and loss that they have felt. Because of this it will take a coordinated effort between both the Liberian government and the Liberian people to help quell the pain felt from the trying times that they all have had to deal with together.
2- Mental health is an incredibly complex aspect of the human species, and as such mental illness has not been treated nearly as seriously as physical illness; this is likely because issues of the body are blatantly more apparent, tending to have obvious external effects on the health of a population, whereas mental illnesses are not as well documented because they can be so difficult to comprehend. It has not been until recently that mental health has become something that is widely believed to be important, and even in the modern day one will encounter people who do not believe in mental illness or who do not have a grasp on how detrimental it can be to a person’s overall health. Arcane methods such as the ones shown in our viewing material this week (in which people who are having ‘episodes’ will have their ankle restrained in a tree trunk) are still used all over the world to treat mental illness, and they are eerily reminiscent of treatment methods used in the early nineteenth century–though we have certainly departed from the more grotesque things like lobotomy since then, there are still equally as terrifying methods plaguing our country and our world today such as the employment of conversion therapy. Mental health should be treated much more seriously all over the world, but especially in war ridden countries where entire families and cultures are being ripped apart–treatment for mental health is not something that should be viewed as a luxury but rather a necessity. It is easy for governments and large organizations to send material goods to impoverished communities, and though this certainly is helpful, the fact remains that if large groups of people are suffering mentally then these communities rest on an unstable foundation–mental illness is something that can stay with a person forever and it merely worsens when untreated, eating them from the inside out and making it impossible to perform even the simplest tasks to the point that it can become physically crippling.