Let’s Talk About Mental Health

In the Constitution Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel, delegates from the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) are busy discussing mental health in crisis zones. As one of the biggest committees at this year’s conference, SOCHUM is jam-packed with intellectual thinkers and problem solvers who can recognize the need for an internationally agreed-upon definition of mental health. Mental health is one of the most timely humanitarian issues in our world today, yet it does not receive the attention that it deserves.

One of the resolutions on the floor calls for the use of Nokia phones that enable caretakers to register people for health care, access health records, and send daily medication reminders to patients. “This program has already been implemented around the world and has been very successful,” stated the delegate from India. “. . . our next focus is on expanding the existing program.” The delegate from Uzbekistan added that their resolution is focused on “universality and accessibility.”

With several other resolutions currently in circulation, a few delegates started to notice a trend: the sophisticated words and ideas proposed in a resolution can be really confusing. In order to combat this issue, the delegates from Sri Lanka, India, Senegal, Papua New Guinea, Uruguay and Uzbekistan decided to meet in the hallway to reconfigure their resolution in a format that can be more widely understood, therefore fostering more productive discussion. “We are not adding or changing anything right now,” added the delegate from Sri Lanka. “. . . we are just going through and eliminating unnecessary abbreviations and translating our ideas into simpler terms.”

An in-depth discussion of each of the resolutions presented is in the near future for delegates in SOCHUM. Delegates are well on their way towards reaching a resolution on their current topic, and once they do, they have an equally pressing issue to discuss: human population control.

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