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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” We, as American citizens, have the something called the First Amendment which allows citizens to freely express themselves. The first amendment is arguable the most important amendment for America and its people. Everyone should have the right to express themselves in their words, actions, and even just showing the religion/beliefs they have. In the novel 1984, Winston, the main character, lives in a totalitarian society where freedom of speech, press, religion, and overall expression is forbidden. Although not always...
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Suicide is the leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18 (http://prp.jasonfoundation.com) reason for this lead in death being depression. Depression is a disease which makes a person to have a lack of energy and dislike themselves. The effects of depression are described in the book Ordinary People, about a boy named Conrad who suffers from depression and has cut and attempted to kill himself as a result of it. Showing the extent that people go to because of depression this shows that this issue needs to be addressed and more needs to be done. Depression can strain from many different places, one of these being stress and overscheduling. Stress for teens can cause prevent them from having free time and time with friends. With the immense amount of stress and pressure...
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Suicide effects a lot of people, with some people you may not realize until it’s too late. In the novel ordinary people by Judith guest one of the main characters, Conrad, suffers from depression and even attempted suicide. A lot of people may never know until it’s too late or just not know how to help. No matter what I think any help at all is good. Suicide is not a thing you would normally think about unless you/someone you know is thinking about doing it, it was in the news, or just on a tv show or movie you just watched. In ordinary people suicide and depression are talked about all throughout the book. It’s a very big deal in the circle of people inside the book. Conrad handles his depression fairly well after his suicide attempt. He does what he wants to do and thinks for...
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The Downfall of Freedom of Expression Makenna McDowell “Social media and messaging apps are inaccessible for 38% of all internet users. And 33% of citizens live in countries where discussion of LGBTQ issues is off limits under threat of punishment.” (“internet.”) Censorship is a reoccurring event used by the government to limit access to social media, print media, and the overall flow of information to the public. In India, the government is seeking strategies to restrict freedom of expression, including recent attempts to limit access to the internet and the freedom of Indian television (The Editorial Board.) In addition, the government bans and censors’ books like, Harry Potter, Where the Sidewalk Ends, How to Kill a Mockingbird, and even Winnie the Pooh. The government should not...
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Mental health In today’s world, it is very common to hear the words “mental health”. Teens all over the world struggle with mental health disorders. Mental illness is a crisis in our society that we need to address. One of the primary ways that we can help is to reduce the stigma around the issue. Reducing the stigma around mental health will increase the likelihood of people feeling safe enough to access help. Increased access to services and support will help reduce negative outcomes and improve quality of life for people with mental illness. In 2017 there was a total of 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland. (Samaritans.org). Unfortunately, there is a negative stigma surrounding mental illness and people who suffer from it. Stigma can cause the person to be unwilling...
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Mental health has always been a taboo topic in conversations, more of a don’t ask don’t tell topic rather than something people feel they can openly discuss. This has severely stunted our society with making professional mental help accessible to those who want and or need it. With outrageous prices and depending on location having to travel, many people who would greatly benefit from some form of therapy are denied that help because of this. In the novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest we see the benefit of therapy highlighted through both Conrad and Calvin, they both have their own setbacks with mental health, and they see Dr. Berger and by the end of the novel they are both shown to be on the path to healing. This is only one, fictional but very real, example of therapy being...
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Dear The United Methodist Church As a young boy growing up in the Methodist church, I have fond memories of a church that taught me so many things. The members of my church greeted me with a smile every Sunday, asked how I was doing, and genuinely cared about the activities in my life. As I grew up, I became more active within the church. I took part in many mission-based trips, I became one of the worship leaders with the worship team, I spent hours every week in bible studies, small groups, and in church. The people whom surrounded me in the church were the people who would play a large part in molding me into the man I have become today. However, this journey in my faith was not all sunshine and rainbows. As I grew older I began to realize certain things that made me different...
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I didn't believe spiritual warfare was real until I was in it. It is defined as the Christian concept of fighting against the work of preternatural evil forces. It is based on the biblical belief in evil spirits, or demons, that are said to intervene in human affairs in various ways. It was hard to recognize. It felt like I was being internally attacked, living with a bully inside my head. I accepted Christ as my savior when I was 15 years old. Living in a world filled with such pain and suffering yet beauty and love, I had to believe there was something greater out there. In the beginning stages of my christianity, I felt a spiritual elation. I felt my life was perfect with Christ, worshiping every second of the day. I was on a spiritual high. Many "baby christians" describe feeling...
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Dear Society, The United States is facing an epidemic. An epidemic of missing happiness is happening within this country right now. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 16.7 million adults in the U.S. have had at least one depressive episode. That’s at least 67% of all adults in the U.S. Some of these people must have felt helpless at one point or another. Helplessness, loneliness, they are awful feelings. They can lead to some horrible consequences, such as self-harm, or even worse, suicide. The thought of suicide because someone did not receive the help they needed makes me think: “What could have been done to help them?” The most prominent thing people with depression face is stigma, and social distancing is the most significant form of stigma. But,...
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