During week six we accomplished majority of the mental health documentary that we have been constructing for our final project. We have interviewed approximately eight citizens all of which are from the South Side of Chicago. The interviewees ages ranged from fifteen to fifty-nine. A common question we have asked our participants was “what resources are available in your community that helps deals with mental illness/well being?”. Another achievement we have accomplished thus far was editing and revising the clips of the interviewees. Alongside this achievement we have added new additions to our documentary such as arranging the responses of the participants based on the questions we have asked and the debate on what genre of music we want to use within our footage. There were a few setbacks, but the major setback we have faced was interviewees not being able to participate due to policy rules or the fact they did not want to speak upon the topic.
Through the summer and while working on the project there were multiple lessons we have learned. Two of biggest lessons were that when working in a team it takes cooperation and being able to hear others out on their perspective. The other lesson was that even when volunteering it is good to look at things through those you are helping viewpoint. These lessons helped mold the summer because it allowed the Washington Park team to have synergy while working in the neighborhood and so no-one person feels like there voice is not being heard.
The policies that are affecting the health topic that we working on are the limited access to free/affordable health care, and the amount of money that is invested into the institutions that offer this care. These policies make it hard for people to access quality health care. Also, some people are not able to get the health care that they deserve because it is not affordable. This provides people with the ultimatum of getting health care they need or having money for their everyday needs.