Class notes

Final presentations

The presenters were as followed


  1. Elaina

-How can self-help help improve mental health illnesses?

-Mental health illnesses affect mood, thinking and behavior


Two types of mental health illnesses:

-Neurotic(normal type such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks) and

-Psychotic ( intervene with reality such as hallucinations, hearing)


**Mentally ill people are allowed to or can seek self help


Q: how can one help or deal with the struggle of a mental ill person

A: emotional support


  1. George 

Focus on How colleges have helped students deal with all those stressful situation going on lately, such as Covid-19


-Students suicidal 18-24 years old


-meditation can be helpful

-does not necessarily need to be goals


**Radical acceptance: Opposite to emotion

Yes, accept what happens but also take action/s as self help encourages people to do


  1. Kashfi

Focus on assertiveness and self help


Argument: Assertiveness can relate to self help because it helps you to stand up for yourself, love yourself and boost your self confidence.


-Self help can help to think positively

-Being assertive is to Be brave


-Self respect be confident

-Love yourself


-Assertiveness can be self care, improve mental health and self esteem


Q: how is assertiveness and well being related?

A: By looking out for yourself and standing up for what’s good for you; it’d have positive feedback in your life.


  1. Daphney

Is there a relationship between self help and religion?

Argument: “There is a relation between self-help and religion/Christianity though some may differ. Some self-help practices or techniques are useful to Christianity while they don’t jeopardize one’s faith, such as drawing a vision and mental exercises. However, they have to be seen through the lens of biblical truth.’’


Both self help and religion help boosting people’s self confidence and self esteem


Q: Does self-help genre engages with religion? If so, how?

A: Self help clearly makes the distinction between those two


  1. Ashley 

Focus on Self care and mindfulness


Through meditation if affects college student and health professionals


-Student wellness highlights the importance of self care for medical students


-Self care moderate the relationship between stress and psychological quality of live in medical students resulting in an increase in the level of their engagement in self care in both physical and psychological quality of life


-Practice such as Meditation is very helpful


-There are different ways such as yoga

– No rights or wrongs

  1. Can start with
  2. Exercising
  3. Being in nature
  4. Enough sleep
  5. Nutritious meal
  6. Social media break
  7. Value significant relationship
  8. Creativity


Conclusion: Practicing self care through meditation can help reduce certain mental illnesses


Q: What are the needs of each of the particular demographics (college students and working professionals)


Q: how does one know when to “self care “ or seek a professional?

A: when struggling,


  1. Kelanie 

Focus: Law of attraction


-It is an affective form of self help

-It attracts desires from thoughts


The more tense the thoughts are the more they’d they are certainly to come true

However, actions are to be taken and that’s best and fair


Q:Aside from the self help texts seen in class, what are some other examples of texts that teach the law of attraction?


  1. Katie 


Is there a way to control your mind without controlling everything?


-Keep yourself healthy

-Reading books


-Exercise to avoid conflicts about your day


-Self help is self care


-Anger and its signs

Hormones might affect anger as triggers

Can be caused by know or unknown factors


-Can cause headache, hypertension, etc


-What can one do?

Recognize internal and external triggers


Think before speaking

Use humor

Try what works for you


Q: how do you deal with anger yourself?

A: take 5 minutes to self, meditation,  breath in and out, international conversation


Q: Self help texts that deal with anger?

A: The dance of intimacy: a woman’s guide to changing intimate relationships, by Harriet Lerner Ph. D.




Important notes :

  •  Do not forget the final course reflection that’s due on Sunday May 22nd
  • DO NOT submit it late 
  • Look forward to check out your  final grades