Hi! My name is Margie and I am a senior majoring in History and Political Science. I grew up in Maine, so quite a ways from Virginia. I love to be outside, read, and am a member of the swim team here at Mary Washington. I am super excited to take this course because I think that mental health is something that affects us all in some form or another. By learning the history of it in the US, I think that it offers up an opportunity to have a greater understanding of our society and how mental health and its services have evolved over the years.-8/29/23


This is an article talking about the changes being made to mental health policies in higher education. I think it’s a pretty relevant topic to this course as much of what we’re reading and discussing right now is about the changes being made to handling mental health. This goes to show that this is a constantly changing field, which is interesting to look at in the 1700s as well as now.


This is a podcast that I found which talks about ways in which to manage anxiety and what living with it looks like. I think that this is both a good resource for all to have. It also serves as a cool way to compare what the discussion around mental health looks like now vs the sources about early treatment that we are working through right now.


This is a NY Times article that I came across earlier today. It speaks about a trend found in Peace Corps applicants who were then disqualified because of their mental health conditions. It is an interesting topic to explore, because in some cases it makes sense not to let someone with a serious mental illness leave their home for 2 years. On the other hand, those with less-severe and/or managed mental health shouldn’t be disqualified because of their illness.


This week for the resource blog I chose to include a Ted Talk that has a lot of relevance for this week, since it’s student athlete mental health awareness week. This is a Ted Talk done by a former (at the time current) USC volleyball player. She talks about the stigma, causes, and effects of mental health in the case of college athletes. As a college athlete myself, I found this to be extremely insightful and comforting. She now does a lot of work in advocating for student athletes combating mental health struggles, so I think she is an important figure going forward as a resource.


The link above is a little blurb talking about yesterday’s celebration of World Mental Health Day. This shows a significant change from many of the books that we are reading for class. The steps that the global community has taken in recognizing mental health are very substantial in that we now have a whole day to reflect on the role it plays in our lives.


This is a NY Times article from a few days ago, talking about the influx of mental health “influencers” online. The advocacy, tips, and overall awareness of mental health on social media is very different from the vast majority of other social media posts. Bringing in their own experiences to platforms where people most often show their highlights opens up a bigger conversation about mental health and its place in our society.


How Music Can Be Mental Health Care

This article from the NY Times highlights a therapy that is a little bit more non-traditional. The shift to alternative therapies such as music therapy demonstrates an expansion of options for mental health. The difference between early asylum care and the options available now are very clearly seen within the article. In looking at these different options for care it expands on the changing landscape in mental health care in the US.


The link posted above is information surrounding men’s mental health. Unfortunately the conversation around men and mental health can be quite different than those for women. The month of November is a month of awareness for men’s health and with that spreading awareness and breaking down the stigma that men can also face mental health struggles is important. This is done through information like that shared in the link above, which informs and works to break down the stigma of men just “toughing” it out.


This is an article from politico which highlights the disparities in mental health treatment for those who do and don’t have resources. Governor of California Gavin Newsom is taking on a more controversial side of the state’s homelessness population. In his proposed efforts, it would mandate care for some individuals, rather than the previously optional care which makes up much of the US’s healthcare policy. Overall, it’s an interesting take on what do do about the intersection between those who are un-housed and mentally ill individuals.