#3 Consolidations with Peers

My first and second interviews were similar, but had very unique type of responses along with different views that challenged my thinking of this topic. When interviewing them I could see the various seriousness about their thoughts and that got me thinking, “How can I show this to people, who even though ‘don’t’ have anything to do with mental health problems, become a crucial part of other’s lives,” I had then asked “What would you do to help bring awareness to this topic?” Both responses were exotically mismatched. One went on about bringing it into schools and educating kids and teens about how to deal and help people and themselves if they were to have a mental health problem. On the other hand, interview one said that they would go and talk to people like professionals and get insight. The then said they’d make it a global statement, but only if someone close to them or new personally had a condition. This last comment made me nervous that people might not want to participate with mental health, but that’s the reason I joined WtS, I joined to help people in my community understand and communicate better with the problems we have in our world.

I originally thought that I would target a single part of metal health, like anorexia or bipolar, but they changed my mind when they explained their thoughts miraculously about any issue. It seemed that they felt more comfortable with that, so I believe I will take note and try to expand my thinking. I did ask them this one question and their responses surprised me. I asked “Do you think I should base my topic on a more pinpointed topic or should I keep with the vagueness?” They then responded with
“I think that you should do it kind of vague because then you are not controlled on
a very tight barrier so you can be creative and think out of the box if you want to,” Later in the interview they said “I think of this as a pressing matter because so many people can say careless things that could hurt someone’s feelings or make someone so upset that they may not want to live any more but if you can have with a way to help people and bring awareness to this topic then it could make people less afraid to do things and speak up without being terrified or having panic attacks so they can just be them,” and this was the game changer. They talked so openly about it even though they themselves had dealt with metal health problems and still, but their explained that having a more open topic can allow more people to participate and join this project with me.

I feel like this experience of talking with people about a topic we’re interested of changing did change my thought process, but for better. I learned over this past week that being a little more open with any subject can allow more movement and better creative flow between individuals.

Rex Ross

3 Responses to “#3 Consolidations with Peers

  • Hi Rex,

    I’m glad that you had seemingly successful interviews. I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and they said, “If I say I’m interested in helping people with depression, then people automatically assume that I know someone with depression. It’s as if I can’t help people because I just want to help them.” I find that a little surprising, but I’m happy to hear you don’t think that way. You should want to help someone even if you don’t know them. The kind of mindset that you have will be really beneficial in the future.

    Good luck!

    • Hey, Rex?

      I honestly have no idea if I’m doing this whole commenting right so if it isn’t right then… oops. I really enjoy the direction you’re going in and am thinking of going in a similar direction myself. This piece is really insightful and is helping me move away from my indefinite procrastination. Thank you for your ideas!

      All the best,

  • Bill Rich
    4 years ago


    Just read through all three of your posts. A surgeon who works for NASA! How cool would that be? Next time I see you I’ll ask more about this. (Always interesting to me how people get interested in a career.)

    I appreciate your observation that people sometimes resort to being negative about the world, rather than digging in and doing something to make the world more positive. It’s a lot easier to sit in the peanut gallery, judging and critiquing those people brave enough to get in the ring to try to make a difference. I’ve found, though, that in the long run, even when I don’t succeed, it’s a lot more satisfying believing in and acting on what I think is right. One of the things I love about WtS is that it supports young people through the challenges (and thrills) of leaning in and trying to make the world a better place.

    So glad you’ve begun engaging others in conversation about your topic. You’ve already begun wrestling with one of the predictable challenges for anyone seeking to make change: how focused or broad should I be? Really interesting to hear how this played out in your chats with people you know. On the one hand, if you focus on one specific aspect of mental health (eg, depression), you’ll be more likely to find a particular audience whom you can influence. On the other hand, by focusing on one manifestation of mental health, you may limit the breadth of the impact.

    Before deciding which way to go (specific or broad), it’s a good idea to keep learning about what already exists (what others have already created to help). Sometimes peoples’ eagerness to help others makes them move into action mode before they’ve taken the time to learn what others have already done / are already doing. My suggestion would be to talk to some professionals in the field of mental health to ask them about your dilemma (broad or specific), and to ask them: what already exists out there that I should learn about?

    I’ve got a friend who’s a therapist. His name is John Penoyar (jonpen99@gmail.com), and he’s a great guy who might be good to talk with / pose these types of questions to. People who work within the field will have greater expertise, so they can help you get a better understanding of what’s already out there. Before we can have a positive impact that makes a difference, we need to understand what’s been done in the past and what’s being done now. Only then can we act wisely.

    Look forward to seeing how your thinking develops over time.



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