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Global Mental Health


Posters under this theme examine mental health and well-being from a variety of perspectives (e.g. healthcare worker burnout, HIV status and mental health, social media’s influence on adolescent well-being, etc.) in both local and global contexts.

Depression: Psychopathology as Defined by Underrepresented Adolescents

by Daniel Sandoval

How do adolescents define depression and how does that compare to the standard definition used in Psychology? Because not all suffering is equal, it is better to understand the narratives underrepresented people have by listening to them. This project is insightful by nature because it dives into the perspective adolescents have regarding depression. This project is a...

The Hidden Trauma: How Immigration Policy in the United States has Inflicted Violence on Latinx Families in the Autism Community

by Shelby Thurman

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts 1 in 54 children in the US (Maenner, Shaw, Baio, Washington et al., 2020). While autism does not discriminate in terms of the population it impacts, there are severe healthcare disparities present in autism between Latinx children and White children (Casillas, Vigil, Wang, 2017; Angell, Frank, Solomon, 2016...

Correlation Between HIV+ Serostatus Through Intravenous Drug Use & Depression Among Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico

by Soraya Pina Contreras

Problem: La Zona Roja located in Tijuana, Mexico, encompasses commercialized sex work and drug trafficking. Female sex workers (FSWs) are exposed to high-risk work factors (i.e. engaging in intravenous drug use) that increase the risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) contraction and HIV+ serostatus. While there are many reasons FSWs...

Mental Health Global Burden of Disease

by Astrea Villarroel-Sanchez

Mental health issues as an aspect of human health are met throughout the world with a myriad of different responses. While in some areas of the world treatment for mental illness is highly developed with widespread access, many more regions do not have comprehensive healthcare systems that include mental health services accessible to most citizens. The...

How Racism and Discrimination Affect Anxiety

by Inspire Shell​

This project discusses multiple dimensions of racism and how that contributes to the disproportionately high anxiety levels. State institutions such as hospitals, schools and criminal justice system has allowed racism to fester with minimal changes or repercussions. This thesis shows how these governmental institutions in North America perpetuate structural...

Cross-Cultural Barriers in Asian Mental Health

by Willis Gough

Since the 16th century, the Asian community had their mental health impaired due to colonization and migration. This topic has been ongoing for years, yet it is an essential study because mental health is just as important as physical well-being. Asians are an ethnic group that refuses to discuss their mental health concerns due to stigmas, but concealment...

The Cultural and Environmental Effects on Mental Health in the Philippines

by Johnny Martin

This article reviews scholarly claims that provide insight into what it is like to face mental health issues within a specific culture. There is a lack of knowledge and understanding when it comes to Filipino culture regarding mental health. This article first looks at the background of Filipino culture and the policy side of the Philippines medical field. From there it focuses...

Music: The Universal Healer

by Hajar Kamel

Music plays an integral role in the day to day lives of both past and present-day societies (Meymandi, 2009), acting as a powerful force in both historical and cultural contexts. Through the creation and consumption of music, many can either process their traumas or incite socio-political movements aimed at causes centering and giving voice to marginalized...

Colonialism’s Impacts on Philippine Mental Healthcare Infrastructure

by Louise Tolentino

Mental health has become such a growing field within the past two decades. There has been some progress on improving access to services as shown in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). However, global mental health still has a long way to go as it is still under-resourced in terms of mental health services and...

The Hidden Truth of Fitspiration and Disordered Eating Amongst Women in the US

by Julia Rabbitt

Instagram has emerged as a leading social media application. Established in 2010 it has grown with over one billion users worldwide. The application allows users to share their photos with peers and strangers which can be inspiring and authentic or triggering and artificial. The toxicity of Instagram often stems through social comparisons, false realities...

Energy Healing Used To Decrease Burnout Risk Factors

by Celeste Quesada

In the past two decades, burnout levels among nurses and mental health workers have risen exponentially. Burnout not only affects the individual worker’s current mental health, but their long-term health, the quality of patient care, and the way they interact with everyone else. Numerous studies have been done to understand and measure burning out levels...

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