activism project

There are a number of social justice issues related to mental health. This semester, I want you to organize and carry out an activism project that relates to one of these themes. Remember that activism can take on many forms – from writing a letter to a politician to participating in a march or protest. You can find a few examples on NAMI’s website

To get you to start thinking about this project, here are some topics to consider:

  • Funding for treatment
  • Equity in access to treatment
  • Affordability of treatment
  • The role of racism, sexism, or other means of bias in diagnosis and treatment
  • The opioid crisis
  • Prevention measures/funding

You will create a PowerPoint that details your activism project. Your PowerPoint should include the following information:

  • Identified problem or issue
  • Research on/history of the problem
  • The activist activity you did
  • Evaluation of how effective the activism was
  • Discussion of further work that needs to be done on this issue
  • How you see activism in this area benefiting your current or future clients and/or work
  • Personal reflection on this project
    • How did you feel about activism before this project? While engaging in activism? Afterwards?
    • What did you learn about the issue/problem? Activism? Yourself?
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