design a final project that accomplishes one of the following:
(a) a mental illness stigma reduction campaign OR
(b) a new mental health policy OR
(c) a proposal for an innovative program that addresses the needs of people
with mental illnesses/disorders and/or emotional suffering in our
Each person is responsible for researching their topic, designing a new intervention
or policy memo or proposed legislation, written as an 8 page final paper.
In thinking through the elements of your proposal, consider the following
possibilities and questions (where relevant):
Consider a society where we don’t have medications to treat disorders
but have to respond to the problem via an alternative cultural and social
response to disorders. What would this response look like?
In what way is stress related to the mental health problems of people
with stigmatized identities (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, SES, sexual
d. Sexual orientation
What would a truly interdisciplinary program, intervention, or policy look like—one
that was based on the methods and observations of several disciplines and practice
traditions (e.g. Psychiatry, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, History,
Complementary and Alternative Medicines, etc)?
Format: The research paper should be 8 pages (not including works cited).
Please follow the following format: 12-point Times New Roman or Arial, double-
spaced, one-inch margins.
Your research paper requires 5 academic, recent (within last 5 years)
-Keep in mind this is NOT a book report, your own supported analysis is needed in
your arguments. Your sources should be used to support YOUR thesis and
-It is safe to assume, when writing this paper, that your audience has a basic
understanding of the health topic that you are researching. However, you should
spend the majority of your time using the feminist strategies used in the course to
convey your arguments with great depth and detail.
-Remember that sources are not simply supposed to provide you with data, they
should be used to support your argument on a variety of levels. This means that
your sources should be carefully combed and evaluated for main arguments and
weaknesses, and this should be discussed in the paper. It is NOT enough to simply
pull a statistic from a paper and plug it into your argument without understanding
the larger context.
-No footnotes/endnotes will be allowed in this paper. In-text citations ONLY and
they must be cited in APA format.