Application: Problem Statement Problem statements help to further define the nature of a problem/issue, as well as provide the rationale for why a particular problem was chosen. In this Application Assignment, you will write a problem statement for the problem/issue you selected. To prepare: Review the “Problem Statement Description and Examples” document in this week’s Learning Resources, keeping in mind your Capstone Project.Review your justification for the topic you selected in Week 2. The assignment: In 1-2 pages, respond to the following: Write a problem statement for the problem/issue you have selected for your Capstone Project. Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.



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Latosha Detharidge
Capstone Project: Mental health Disorder
Walden University
Dr. Lyons
Awareness Creation on Mental Health Disorder in Various Public Universities through an
Outreach Programme.
Statement of the problem
Over the last decade, the cases on mental health among students in universities have been
increasing drastically. The cases reported by the health practitioners are depressions, anxiety and
in extreme cases bipolar disorder and suicidal attempts. The students need to be educated on the
early signs of mental health disorder, the subsequent symptoms, the services offered by the
institutions, among them, counselling services. The indication of the increasing rate of mental
health disorder among students is; frequent counseling center visits.
Purpose of the project
The purpose of my project is to assess the impact that an outreach program would have in
creating awareness on mental health disorder among students in the universities. Institutions of
higher learning remain to have the highest cases of mental health disorder among the youth
(Pedrelli, Nyer, Yeung, Zulauf & Wilens 2014).
Integrative literature Review
Attending the university can be stressful at times. Apart from the pressure from academic
work that students have to undertake and examinations, there an aspect of separation from family
and close friends. This is when the students experience the first onset of mental health disorder or
an exacerbation of an already existing problem (Pedrelli, Nyer, Yeung, Zulauf & Wilens 2014).
For the traditional students, they are normally younger and dependent on the parents and they have
not been working, therefore, they start to take up adult responsibilities and yet they are not mature
enough to do so and be independent (Pedrelli 2014). For the non-traditional students, they
face the challenge of juggling between their academics, working and providing for their families.
This might be stressful and unbearable. “In a survey of 274 institutions, 88 % of counseling center
directors reported an increase in “severe” psychological problems over the previous 5 years
including learning disabilities, self-injury incidents, eating disorders, substance use, and sexual
assaults” (Pedrelli 2014).
Depression is ranked as the second most prevalent cases of mental health disorder among
the university students at about 9% (Assari& Moghani 2018). Suicidal cases have also been
reported which is said to be the third most leading cause of death among the adults (Assari&
Moghani 2018). Among the students the statistics indicate 7% ideation, suicidal plans at 2% and
0.5% attempts last year (Assari& Moghani 2018).
Despite the increasing demand for mental health services, a third with the distress seeks
counselling services. Therefore, they prefer seeking help from friends and family. The reason for
this is the fear for stigmatization (Brown 2018). They also assume that stress is normal in school
and they can handle it.
Mental health disorder is like any other medical problem that consists of several problems
and different signs and symptoms. It is associated with several changes in a person’s emotions,
how one thinks and behavior of a person or conjunction of all these changes. Example of this
illness includes; thinking disabilities, schizophrenia, and stress. This type of illness mostly comes
as a result of stress or issues in society, workplace and family actions. The illness is treatable if
someone seeks medical attention and they can carry on with their daily activities as usual without
any problem.
Mental illness has become a major concern since there is an increasing trend in this illness.
It is widely spreading into universities and colleges where it has led to many lives of young people
who are the backbones of the future generation. In universities, mental illness comes as a result of
students having to leave their homes where they have an attachment with their parents and go to
study in a different state or country hence they are affected emotionally because of the gap due to
the distance. Also by students having to take adult responsibility that they were never used to and
pressure from assignments in universities can cause this problem.
In a research that has been done in universities and colleges, it has shown that more than
11 percent of the total population of the students have been diagnosed or treated with the problem
of mental illness due to emotional change and 10 percent have reported on being treated on the
issue of depression or stress ( Cline, 2007). Several students are reported of not seeking medical
attention due to stigma and shame that they feel. Cases of students who commit suicide in
universities have been on the increase due to mental illness problems.
Capstone project timeline
1. Preparation
Identification of the benchmark universities – 3/12/2018
Consultation with the benchmark institutions – 10/12/2018
Review of the objectives – 12/12/2018
Needs assessment – 15/12/2018
Finalization of the plan – 17/12/2018
2. Development of an outreach program
Evaluation of the designs -24/12/2018
Draft the education materials/information for the outreach program – 31/12/2018
Present to the implementing committee – 7/1/2019
3. Implementation of the programme
Select the students to take up the programme – 14/1/2019
Identify the locations for the programme – 16/1/2019
Disseminate the information that was designed – 21/1/2019
4. Evaluation
Evaluate the implementation plan- 4/2/2019
Analyze the data on the responses received – 11/2/2019
Draft a final capstone report – 18/2/2019
Prepare slides on the outcome of the programme – 25/2/2019
Assari, S., & Moghani Lankarani, M. (2018). Violence Exposure and Mental Health of College
Students in the United States. Behavioral sciences (Basel, Switzerland), 8(6), 53.
Brown, June S. L. (2018). Student mental health: some answers and more questions. Journal of
Mental Health Volume 27(London).
CLINE, T. (2007). Mental health. Issues in Science and Technology, 23(3), 18-20.
Pedrelli, P., Nyer, M., Yeung, A., Zulauf, C., & Wilens, T. (2014). College Students: Mental
Health Problems and Treatment Considerations. Academic psychiatry: the journal of the
American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association
for Academic Psychiatry, 39(5), 503-11.
Creating a Time Line for the Capstone Project
The Capstone Project will be built in stages throughout the quarter. It is useful to develop
a time line to ensure that the Project is progressing in a timely manner. The time line
should have at least two columns: the name of the component to be completed and the
date it will be completed. Feel free to include intermediate steps to help with pacing
yourself. Be sure to return often to the time line to check off when you have met each
See the sample time line below. Make sure to include the specific dates that are
applicable for your particular quarter. Please consult the term calendar located in the left
navigation bar to find out the dates for each week.
Identify problem for capstone
Read article on how to write problem statement
Write a problem statement
Spend several hours in the Walden Library
Collect literature sources
Summarize and critique all collected sources
Complete integrative literature review
Read articles on critical analysis
Complete critical analysis narrative
Generate list of possible solutions
Review list with classmates
Identify and write up main solution
Complete final editing of Capstone Project
Turn in final Capstone Project
Capstone Project
PSYC 6393
Components of Capstone

Problem Statement
Integrated Literature Review
Critical Analysis
Problem Resolution
• The purpose of the introduction is the
introduce the identified problem/issue and
why you chose this specific topic. In 1-2
paragraph provide specific details about
the nature of the problem and your
rationale (why this problem is important to
Problem Statement
The problem statement describes the
identified problem/issue in more detail
including how the critical considerations
(diversity, social change, ethics, globalism)
addressed in week 2 apply. Please see the
Problem Statement Template for more
discussion and examples of a problem
statement. The problem statement should
be 1-2 pages in length.
Integrated Literature
• The literature will involve a detailed
summary and critique of at least 4
relevant sources related to the
problem/issue. The literature review
should be between 3-5 pages. Please
review the readings for guidance on
completing an integrated literature review.
Critical Analysis Narrative
• In this section you will critically analyze the
problem/issue using the sources collected
in week 5. Please review the Critical
Analysis Template for step-by-step
instructions on completing this section.
The critical analysis narrative should be 35 pages in length.
Problem Resolution
• Using the steps outlined in the Problem
Solving Template, develop one solution to
the problem/issue. Describe the solution in
detail including the costs and benefits, and
the challenges and barriers to
implementing this solution. The problem
resolution should be 2-3 pages in length.
• End the Capstone with a 1 page narrative
of your final thoughts about the problem
and generated solution. Also include your
reaction to the project and what you have
learned about yourself in completing the
References and Form and Style
• Be sure that your references are in APA
• Make sure that your capstone is double
spaced in 12 pt font.
• Be sure the do spell check and grammar

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