This project is a requirement of the GOA Abnormal Psychology Course. Using the process of design thinking, a challenge in the world of mental health was identified, interviews and research were undertaken, and a solution prototype was developed. Below you will find information about the identified area of concern and my proposed solution. Please feel free to provide feedback on this prototype, using questions such as “How might we…”, “What if….?”, “I wonder….”, “I like…”, and “I wish.” Keep the comments positive, please. For more information on the process of Design Thinking, click here.
Currently, I am a senior in high school. Throughout my time in high school, I have had to decline offers to hang out with people because I am too busy, whether it be with school work, sports, community service, or something else. I have also gone to school while sick because it is too difficult to catch up once you miss school. Students nowadays are putting academics and other activities above their physical and mental health. In many cases, it is so they have what would be considered an impressive transcript for their college application.
The school I attend, Punahou School, is really competitive. Students are expected to participate in extra-curriculars and excel in academics. All of this, as well as other factors, can contribute to the development of an anxiety disorder. While people can try to lower their exposure to stressful situations, some of those situations are inevitable. Students in high school, as well as in college, need to learn how to handle stress and anxiety in a healthy manner.
People need to be educated on how to manage their stress and anxiety. My proposed solution is a classroom designated just for managing stress and anxiety. Students would be able to learn about different stress relieving strategies and try to put them into action. They would be able to go whenever they are free. This convenience will allow breaks that will be beneficial to their physical and mental health. By having this available to students they would be in a safe environment and surrounded by supportive people, without competition and expectations. Although I am currently a senior and cannot start this at my high school, I could execute this plan in college. This could help those who are transitioning from high school to college. Below are some tips I have found for managing stress that could be incorporated.
If you have time, you should check out the documentary Race to Nowhere. According to the documentary’s website, it “is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. [It features] the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve.” There are also sources on the website that relates to this issue.
As I said before, I might propose this to the college I attend next fall. Until then, I am going to share different techniques I have learned with other people. If you have something that works for you, please share on the Padlet.
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