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Informative Speech On Mental Health

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Attention Getting Device: “All day, every day, life is like this. Fear. Apprehension. Avoidance. Pain. Anxiety about what you said. Fear that you said something wrong. Worry about others' disapproval. Afraid of rejection, of not fitting in. Anxious to enter a conversation, afraid you'll have nothing to talk about. Hiding what's wrong with you deep inside, putting up a defensive wall to protect your "secret". You are undergoing the daily, chronic trouble of living with this mental disorder we call social anxiety disorder.” How many of you know someone or have heard of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or personality disorders?
Thesis/Central Purpose (ie. The purpose of my speech is to) The purpose of my speech is to teach you about mental health so that you know how to look out for the signs. I’d like to get more specific and discuss mental illnesses in schools.
Justification/Why should we listen?: For years, mental health has had a stigma surrounding it. In different cultures and religions, mental illnesses were thought to be a punishment or a demonic possession. Currently, the taboo has not gone away and people are still suffering. More often times than not, people are underdiagnosed, dismissed, or the stigma creates too much societal pressure to say anything.
Credibility/Why should we listen to YOU?: I have struggled with anxiety as long as I can remember. When I was in second grade, I was diagnosed with social
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