This week seemed to be even busier than the last! I thought that it was a hard task to write the survey itself, but it’s proving to be a longer, harder task to analyze it.
There seems to be a lot more quantitative data than categorical, which I originally thought would have switched roles. This is really when Statistics are coming in. It’s interesting to apply what I’m learning in Stat to real life. I feel like in past math classes, my peers have always complained that the material is pointless because we won’t use it outside of class, so it’s exciting how interdisciplinary this study is turning out to be. This week, I started organizing the data into a GoogleDoc and it was interesting to see the apparent trends that formed. One interesting point was how when asked to rank mental health on a scale from 1 (very healthy) to 5 (desperate), the trend appeared to show that the Fall of 2019 was when participants had the healthiest mental health. Then, the Spring of 2020, during quarantine, was the lowest point of mental health. However, the thing that interested me the most was how during the Fall of 2020, this fall, participants reported that their mental health doesn’t feel as “healthy” as it did last fall, even though with hybrid school, there is some sort of sense of restored normalcy.
Another surprising point of interest was how when participants were asked to describe the difference between mental health and mental illness, an overwhelming amount of people didn’t know the difference. Most people seemed to know that mental illness had to do with a diagnosed difference in mental state, but they didn’t seem to realize that everyone has mental health. My favorite way I’ve heard the difference described was “everyone has mental health; mental health is our emotional and psychological well-being. When people don’t have “healthy” mental health, they have the potential to be diagnosed with mental illness. Mental illness can also be genetic.”
This week, I plan to meet with my AP Stat teacher to help me mathematically analyze my data. I’m not the strongest math student, so this is my only goal for next week.
“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg