• Table of Contents


    System Analysis

    Mental Health Presentation

    Stake Holder Analysis

    Journey Map

    Current Approaches

    Description of the System

    The Gap

    Next Steps

  • Issue

    The cultural climate of 2019 has brought light to multiple issues around the world. One such issue, here in the United States, is the problem of mental health in teens, young adults and adults. This has begged the question, what are some healthy and non-medicated solutions available to all parties affected by mental health? Through our research we are determined to find a solution for this problem that continues to plague many Americans and many of the world’s citizens. 


    We found many interesting points from the system analysis that connect to the current environmental scan. The biggest key to fully understanding the mental health problem is also understanding the recent shifts in the environment. The US today finds itself in more international debt than they have ever been in. Therefore, the major sectors are forced to be more financially cautious than in previous eras. Due to the current financial situation, it is necessary to assure that mental health is a major issue to ensure that government sectors will invest both their time and their financial support. Due to the economic shift and increasing unemployment rates, mental health issues have grown due to the pressure of earning a job out of college and the overall job availability. As shown in our System Analysis, one of the leading factors of depression and anxiety is the pressure of getting a job after college. If the economy continues on a downhill path, and without help from the government, this pressure will not disappear. For regulations, the government has experimented. In certain states and schools, the government has tried giving students 5 days every three months to have mental health days. This is not including physical sick days this is strictly mental days. This can be if the student is tired or feels drained or if they are heavily feeling the effects of their mental health disease and need a day or two off to refocus. 

  • Mental Health Presentation

  • Stakeholder analysis

    These stake holders encompase the vast majority of people that influence the DU community. We are working with them because they have the most influence as to what happens at the school. Kim Liao and Michael La Farr are the heads of the Health and Counceling Center. They provided us with the tools necessary for our solution to come to fruition. Corey Nyman offers an insight into how mental health is combatted at a corporate/business level. His information proivded us with the insight into how college students can start to prepare for the business world and what they can do to continue to combat their mental helath issues. Vice Chancellor Nancy Nicely provided us with the connections necessary to get our project off the ground. Annie Leibovitz has helped us in understanding how mental health affects student athletes and the dangers of concussions which can affect athletes. All of the stake holders have students and future employee's best interest at heart. They want the safety and well being of the students to be the first priority and as such they have provided us with the tools necessary for a Mental Health Day to occur. 

  • Journey Map

  • Current Approaches

    Currently there is not enough is being done by schools and communities to help with mental health. We previously talked about the experiments being conducted where students are given an extra 5 days every 3 months as mental health days. This is a great start but sadly can be abused by students pretending that they need the mental health days when they don't. Other than that, most schools do not have any psychologists that the students can access through the school. Often times the athletes have access to their sports psychologists but the non-athletes don't have this privilege. That means that students who are having mental health issues would have to schedule their own psychologist which may take a long time. The lack of resources and help at schools is what is really hurting people who need help. Students are dealing with more mental health issues than ever before and there is simply not enough being done by schools or communities to aid in this process. 

    At the college level there is only counseling that is offered for students. As well there is medication that can be given to the students but there is nothing that is very impactful for the students to notice any real change. As well students are not as open to their professors about their mental health issues and do not seek the proper treatments that are being offered to them. As it stands there is not much offered at the college level for students to notice any changes or seek any help for themselves. 

  • Description of the System

    The current political climate has allowed for both State and Local governments to have control over the say of what mental health solutions can be passed to affect change in the populous. It was the Local government in Oregon which allowed for its students to have mental health days after many students had spoken up about the issues of anxiety and depression in students. Across campuses and in High school's the Chancellor and Principal have power over the different departments and how they act. Currently there are laws in place that are meant to help people with mental health issues. 

    • Liberty and Autonomy
      • People who live with mental health disibilities have the right to choose how to live their lives and seek treatment.
        • If a person suffers from a mental disibility they can choose if they would like to take medication for treatment or therapy. If not, the person can completely deny treatment and continue to live their life as is. 
    • Seclusion and Restraint
      • People living with mental health disibilities have the right to be free from all forms of abuse including restraint and seclusion (being separated from other people around them).
        • As it stands restraint is only to be used in the medical field when the patient is believed to cause harm to him/herself or others. Thus the form of restraining is to be only used by trained professionals for the safety of the patient. 
        • Seclusion is the seperation of a person from those around them. It was recently reported that a person with a mental disability was put into a bathroom for his studies. This student was separated from the rest of the class and students. This can cause stress with more issues to follow from the lack of inclusion. 
    • Community inclusion
      • If a person has a mental health disability they can live and fully participate in any community they choose. 
        • The sense of community has been based on everyone's participation. Thus, any member can contribute to any community they wish to participate in and with any community they wish to.
    • Access to Services
      • If a person is living with mental health disabilites they can choose which services they desire, when they want it, and full explanation of insurance benefits and treatments and side effects of those treatments.
        • Every person has the right to choose any form of help they want. The inclusion of disclosing information to help benefit a person is key in the decision making process. This allows for the person to decide the treatment he/she desires. 
    • Privacy
      • People who live with mental health disabilites have the right to privacy and who can know about their disability.
        • As the job market continues to grow, more supervisors and bosses ask for any diabilities to be known. But it is the right of the person being hired to disclose that information should they choose to. This in no way can affect the decision of the person hiring because of discriminitory laws. 

    During our environmental survey, we found that the current generation has a higher, and continuously growing, suicide rate amongst young adults because of climate change. Based on the understanding that people have from their understanding of the worlds different cycles, a growing sense of fear has begun to show. During 2019 the Rain forest in Brazil was reported to be burning at a faster rate because the Brazilian government had given big companies more power to continue deforestation. With that information now public, people began to feel scared that the worlds oxygen supply would be diminished faster and faster. Inturn the populus started to feel scared and afraid that the world would end. However it was later reported on that the worlds oceans produce a lot of the oxygen we need. Sadly the damage was already done and now people have a larger sense of fear growing at an alarming rate. Because people have developed the mind set that the world is not fixable and is basically already dead. These negative throughts feed the emotions and mental illnesses that people have in which they are no longer able to sense hope, but infact have driven themselves into depressive cycles and ultimately to suicide. 

  • The GAP

    At the current moment the only approaches available today, towards better mental health, are medication and therapy. We would apply our business acumen to the DU Mental Health department because this is one local source which has been able to help students, but it is still underfunded. Thus, we can find a way to make the Mental Health Department a more sustainable and financially funded department to help students battle their mental illness. 

  • Next Steps

    After having reviewed this information and talking with our stake holders we are still left with questions and still updating our solution into a way that can benefit people outside of the DU community. We are still meeting with our stake holders to get their feedback on our current solution while simultaneously conducting different forms of research in the background and gathering information through peer to peer interactions to gage how our target market will be benefiting from this current approach. 

    Some questions we still have are:

    • How to get other people to commit to this type of work? Because if we do not have full involvement from people across the campus as well as continued involvement than our whole project will have been for nothing. 
    • How will we continue the project after we graduate? Because our team is primarily senior based we cannot continue the project after we graduate unless our jobs allow for us to implement this system during our jobs. However, we should still be able to leave it in the hands of the DU community to continue the project while growing it for the future across campus. 
  • Systems Analysis


This portfolio last updated: 19-Nov-2019 11:44 AM