Why we need resources for mental health.

Wente, Margaret. “Why treat univeristy students like fragile flowers?” The Globe and Mail, 2017.  https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/why-treat-university-students-like-fragile-flowers/article36292886/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

 

            In The Globe and Mail opinion piece by Margaret Wente she discusses the use of mental health resources in universities and how frivolous they are.  Margaret Wente goes on to discuss how students back in the day used to just “deal with it” when they were having issues with their mental health.  Instead she says that students are being coddled by their universities when they should be taught resilience.  I wanted to discuss in my podcast the importance of having a variety of mental health resources and how society needs to consistently strive to have those resources more accessible.  I want to pick apart this article and explain why Wente’s perspective is out-dated and unreasonable.  We are living in a society where most people suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives and the resources for mental health are often expensive and difficult to find.  In order to improve as a society those aspects must change.

 

Davydov, Dmitry. “Resilience and mental health.” Clinical Psychology Review. vol. 30.   Pergamon. 2010. http://www.hal.inserm.fr/file/index/docid/534325/filename/Davydov_Clin_Psych   ol_Rev_30_479.pdf. January 24 2018.

 

I wanted to add focus on the topic of resiliency.  Not only is resiliency an ability to cope through adversity, but it is also “a theoretical construct of mental health protection, promotion and recovery process (Davydov 5).  It is important to remember this when discussing the Wente article because she is assuming that because someone struggles with their mental health they lack resiliency.  In reality that is not the case.  I use the article by Dmitry Davydov because it explains the concept of resiliency and how to use it to improve mental health.  I want to use these definitions to explain how everyone has the ability to cope, it’s just a matter of making these coping mechanisms accessible to everyone.