The job is just to read each individual peer post that I put there and respond to them with a response of 3-4 sentences long Peer #1 For the Research Assignment, I have chosen to focus on an area of Healthcare that rarely gets the attention it deserves Mental health. I chose this topic because I am personally effected by it and so are many millions of Americans. Mental illness is also one of the leading causes of death in our nation and one life is lost as a result of suicide, abuse or incarceration every 17mins in the United States. Mental illness has been my area of focus throughout this program and the advocacy and participatory philosophy will be useful for the final project because it suggests that “ that research inquiry needs to be intertwined with politics and a political agenda” (Creswell, p.9). I do believe that mental health has a specific agenda for a study and that there has been constant aim for reform in healthcare and mental health. This social issue is definitely pertinent right now and topics that address it such as “empowerment, inequality, oppression, domination, suppression, and alienation” (Creswell, p.9), and are really the focus of the study. The goal of this project for me, is to provide a voice to participants and give them the ability address the concerns that will lead to reform. According to Kemmis and Wilkinson (1998) this philosophy offers four key features of the advocacy/participatory framework of inquiry: 1. Participatory actions are focused on bringing about change, and at the end of this type of study, researchers create an action agenda for change. 2. It is focused on freeing individuals from societal constraints, which is why the study begins with an important issue currently in society. 3. It aims to create a political debate so that change will occur. 4. Since advocacy/participatory researchers engage participants as active contributors to the research, it is a collaborative experience. Research Problem Statement My Vision is to Provide members of the community with the opportunities and education needed to prevent death due to suicide, acts of self-harm and the traumatic impact of mental illness. By promoting resilience, the enhancement of community resources, conflict resolution and support for individuals, families and the communities of those who suffer with mental disorders, illness or have a sudden mental health crisis. The target population includes all individuals within Chatham County, with unmet mental health needs. These individuals are currently not being served by traditional methods due to financial, structural, and personal barriers including access and stigma. Untreated mental health issues of these individuals put them at risk for exacerbation of physical health problems, suicide attempts, premature moves to long-term care se.