Kathy Pike- Dont call me crazy essay

She goes on to detail which illnesses come under the bracket of mental disorders, and which are considered the most incapacitating, ‘the cost debilitating mental disorders, like schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder. ‘ She again uses a statistic in support Of this ‘6% Of the population. ‘ Pike then uses examples of the impact mental illness and suicide has in different countries. ‘In Nepal, different culture, different segment of the population, similar story. Also on soldiers returning from combat, she gives figures to give an idea of the magnitude and the suicide rates, ‘6,500 of these veterans returned home safely only to commit suicide when they were back. ‘ As she this is a global issue and no country is spared from the pain mental illness can cause. Again she gives the figures at 900,000 for those who suffer with a mental disorder, and will ultimately commit suicide due to this in one year. Pike invites the audience to consider the wide spectrum of people that are affected by a variety of mental disorders, including members of their own family.

Pike continues to explain that there are treatments that have been developed and work, ‘tested and demonstrated to help the majority of people across the spectrum of disorders. However the stigma surrounding mental health disorders is one of the main obstacles faced, ‘this stigma is the single greatest obstacle to improving the lives of millions of people with mental disorder around the globe. ‘ Although she states that many have argued that it is in fact funding that is the crux in combating mental disorders, ‘if mental illness was a priority, the funding would follow. She suggests that if funding was used properly in the treatment of mental illness, billions of dollars would be saved through lost work productivity and ultimately lives saved, ‘the irony s that we are spending billions and billions of dollars every year around the globe ignoring mental illness. ‘ The speak Kerr explains how evidence-based treatments have been effective in rural and remote communities naming sub- Sahara communities in Africa and Pakistan.

Pike goes on to say how these treatments have not only aided women’s recovery from depression, ‘women with depression, not only recovered from their depression,’ but their children have went on to have better health and academic achievements a year later. As knowledge and treatment Of mental illness has developed over the years Pike urges society to stop the stigma related to mental illness, ‘help put an end to the stigma of mental illness,’ and make treatment more accessible to the millions of people around the globe and make steps to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and make treatment a priority. . Throughout the delivery of the presentation Pike maintains a primarily steady and balanced pace this will aid in the clarity and articulation of the subject discussed and with her prone annunciation which would be extremely helpful in engaging members of the audience whose first language may not be English, he speaker also notably slows to deliver the area of her talk regarding ‘putting an end to this stigma’ this emphasizes the point and seriousness of her point.

Pike also pauses to let the audience think for a moment this aids to emphasis a point and for effect, these notable pauses come after the more hard hitting parts of the presentation such as, ‘they will all commit suicide during the time of my talk. ‘ These pauses also gives Pike a moment to control her breathing and tone to carry on to the next point in the presentation.

The tone of the presentation also changes and her voice raises slightly at key mints throughout the presentation which highlights and emphasizes the staggering numbers of people affected by mental disorders, ‘6,500 suicides is more lives lost than the total number of deaths in combat,’ and also when she talks about the reasons for lack of funding for the treatment of mental illness, that is a smoke screen for the stigma of mental health. ‘ These pauses and slight changes in tone and pace add character to her presentation to keep the audience interested in the content.

There is a wide range of vocabulary used which would suggest an adult educated audience, examples of which are, ideology,’ ‘debilitating’ ‘enduring,’ ‘conservatively,’ stigma,’ ‘debunk. ‘ The language used throughout the presentation is formal but not overly complex, however the use of certain medical terms again suggest the audience may be from a medical background and work, study or research in the field of mental illness, some of these terms are, ‘psychotherapies,’ chips arena,’ ‘bi-polar,’ ‘anxiety. The speaker also engages the audience further by occasionally asking rhetorical questions, ‘that should be great news, right? ‘ Also ‘why bother? 3. The primary purpose of the presentation is to inform the listener of the relation between suicide and mental health, and how many of the population suffer from mental disorders, whether they are considered to be mild or ranging up to the more severe, this is an issue all over the world, ‘mental disorder?it’s common, it’s serious, it’s global. It also informs the listener of how mental illness impacts on other countries across the world, ‘In Nepal,’ In Japan,’ and further informs the listener of how treatments have been tried and positive results show recovery from depression with the addition of a encouraging impact on subsequent generations. The reservation also informs the listener Of conditions that are considered to be a mental disorder, this is important information in aiding the listener to fully understand the content of the presentation.

It could be argued that another purpose of the presentation is to educate the listener about mental health and the impact it has on all societies and cultures, globally. The presentation also educates the listener to the conditions across the spectrum of mental disorder, and how treatment have been developed and have been tested and shown to work and also have a positive effect on a growing society, ‘women eave received these psychotherapies, women with depression, not only recovered from there depression but their children have better health and education outcomes. Another purpose is to persuade the audience that the eradication of the stigma that surrounds mental illness would be of considerable benefit to society. By using funding effectively in the correct treatment and support for mental disorders, this would in turn increase ‘work productivity. ‘ The speaker also aims to persuade the listener that they themselves can ‘help’ in acknowledging that mental illness is common and serious, and sufferers would no longer feel ashamed of their condition and be able to come forward and be given the treatment they need and ultimately deserve. . The target audience of this presentation is adults interested in the issues surrounding mental health and suicide, those who may already work in the field, be studying towards this area of expertise or who gather and study research in suicide associated with varied mental disorders. It could also be projected towards those actually suffering from a mental illness who are apprehensive about seeking guidance and treatment for their condition.

Pike addresses the audience generally in there capacity as a family member asking them to consider how at any time a member of their own family could become mentally ill, ‘Consider the mother who develop postpartum depression, can’t raise her baby. ‘ The Textbook audience in the auditorium would all be interested in the subject and perhaps work or have a personal connection to the issues addressed in the presentation. 5.

Throughout the presentation Pike speaks very passionately about the way she feels about metal illness, and society’s reluctance to address the issues of ending and stigma surrounding the treatment of a wide spectrum of mental disorders, ‘if mental illness were a priority, the funding would follow. ‘ She projects the idea that she genuinely believes that far from there being a lack of funding for treatments it is the stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, there’s no excuse to continue acting as if these myths and misconceptions were true. The enthusiasm shown in the overall delivery of the presentation indicate that this is a subject that is personally important to Pike and one that she feels could be dealt with more productively if mental illness was given the proper acknowledgment and resources needed for effective treatment, which in turn would be greatly beneficial in today’s society and for future generations. Throughout the presentation Pike often refers to the issues surrounding mental health as ‘our’ problem collectively and that ‘we’ all need to address the problems and overall stigma attached to mental illness.

Pike ends the presentation with again shows how important she feels it is to address the continual growing issues of mental disorder, ‘some think it’s crazy to make mental illness a priority, it’s crazy not to. ‘ 6. Overall the presentation was effective in tackling the issues surrounding mental health and effectively persuades the listener of the problems faced by those suffering from a mental illness. The presentation was well delivered and kept the listener interested throughout.

Pike did include a number of statistics and figures associated with suicide related to mental health, ‘2,400 people with mental disorder will commit suicide,’ but did not give reference as to where these were obtained from so cannot guarantee how credible or factual these would be. The presentation was delivered a lot from the beaker’s point of view with the inclusion of the personal pronoun ‘I’d like,’ ‘l know and largely bias in her feelings towards the lack of treatment offered or funded, for those suffering with a mental illness.

Although the bias makes the presentation more heart felt and she relates the content well to individual family circumstances which could be applicable to many of those listening to the presentation. The structure of the presentation flowed well and led on to each point addressed, allowing the listener to follow the content easily and the inclusion of the numerical stats aid to hook the listener and make them ant to listen to the whole content of the presentation.

The delivery of the presentation was covered well in a good time frame, long enough to keep the listener engaged and deliver the key points she wanted to make. The issues presented were easy to understand and relate personally to and the more professional medical terms were minimal. The presentation may perhaps influence the way people regard those suffering from a mental disorder as she demonstrates how many of the named conditions could affect, or become applicable through circumstance to potentially any member of society today.

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