Discussing Male Mental Health

Hi everyone. I have to discuss an important topic with everyone. I have been researching how men are most likely to commit suicide because of society.

What I mean by that is society has made it where if men talk about their feelings, then it will be looked at as a bad thing. It will make them look weak. Because of that, men are more likely to either abuse drugs and/or alcohol, or the worst case scenario, commit suicide.

I learned  last year the hard way and I’m still learning that discussing your mental health does not make you weak. In fact, people respect you for sharing your feelings. Those people who don’t are the ones that you don’t need in your life. Those who do support you (friends and/or family), hold on to them, communicate with them, let them know how you are truly doing. This can be one of the tools that can help improve your mental health. If you know someone who is suffering mentally, do not belittle him, SUPPORT HIM!! You could be the key to literally saving his life. If he ends his life because he feels like he hasn’t gotten the help he deserves, then it will be on you. You have to live with that for the rest of your life.

So guys, it’s up to you to end society’s way of thinking. Remember, it’s ok to not be ok. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Do not be afraid to truly discuss how you feel. As mentioned before, hang on to those people who supports you no matter what and toss out the people who doesn’t. And please, I’m begging you, do not commit suicide. You may not feel like you have a reason to live, but someone out there does and loves you. Thanks for reading this rant. I just needed to get this off my chest. Make sure you spread this message out to everyone.  Check out my website at https://danbarnesw.com/ Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanBarnesW1 Stay safe and I’ll see you next time.

It’s been a while…

Hi everyone! I hope that everyone is safe during this pandemic. A lot has happened since the last time I posted.

To see my thoughts about this year so far, what have I been up to, and what am I doing now, then you can go to my website at https://danbarnesw.com/uncategorized/its-been-a-while/  You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanBarnesW1 See you there!

Final Blog Post Reflection

Hey guys. Welcome back. Today, I want to talk about my time at CT101 over the semester. When I signed up for this class, I didn’t know what to expect. If you had told me that this class was stress-free with no exams, then I would have said that you were crazy because I have never experienced any classes that do not have any exams whatsoever. I’m happy to say that this class has managed to prove me wrong.

I’ll start at the beginning. On my first day of class, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know whether or not the class was going to be easy or difficult. Once the professor explained to his class what the class was about, then I started to relax and enjoy my time. While taking this class, I learned some skills that I’ll hopefully be able to carry on in the future.

One of those skills was how to create memes. I saw memes several times, but I had no idea how to create them. Once I learned, then I incorporated some memes of my own that I will show below.

I was able to create those memes by using Adobe PhotoShop. What I did is I found some images on Google and I used PhotoShop to edit a text into that same image. Therefore, the images above are my memes.

I learned how to create GIFs also using Photoshop. First, I chose a photo and I used PhotoShop to alter it into different colors and filters. (Yes, I chose Sonic the Hedgehog.)

Then, I collaborated these pictures together to create a GIF which you can see down below.

Finally, I uploaded the GIF to GIPHY which you can check out by clicking on the link. I created this GIF to contribute to GIF the Portrait Project that we did in class two months ago. I really enjoyed creating this project because it helped me to test more of my skills through PhotoShop and I got to play around with the photo I have chosen to make it more unique.

As the semester continued, I learned how to create my own website. I was a little nervous at first because I had no idea how to even create a website, let alone make my own. But as the professor was giving instructions, I felt more comfortable and I created my own website, where I have continued to post blogs. On my website, I post blogs from class and random stuff. I still go back and forth with posting blogs on the CT101 website and my website.

As the semester was coming to a close, we created a ZINE project, which you can see down below.

Even though it was challenging for me to think of what to create at first, I managed to find two perfect images to add to the collaboration of the ZINE project. I worked on some of it in class using Photoshop while I did the rest of the project at home by using Pixlr.

I enjoyed being in this class this semester because it helped me to relax from one of the stressful semesters I have ever been through. It also gave me a chance to express my feelings through digital storytelling. I have been going through anxiety and depression for almost 5 years and I had trouble expressing my feelings. But I feel like this class has helped me to express my true feelings and it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don’t know whether or not I will keep this website open, but I hope the answer will be yes. The grade I expect to receive is an A because even though this semester has been rough through my other classes, I somehow managed to not fall behind.

I’m really glad I took this class and I hope to continue blogging through the future, depending on whether or not my life will be hectic because life is unpredictable. So, thanks for reading this blog post and I hope that the rest of you had a successful semester. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Here’s to 2020, everyone!

 

Semester Wrap-Up

Hey guys. The semester is coming to an end and I know a lot of you are stressing out over final exams. (I know I am.)

But just know that you will be OK. If you did your best throughout the whole semester, then you will do fine on the final exams. If you didn’t do your best or you were struggling this whole semester, don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world.

And look at the bright side: Once the semester is over, then you can relax for the rest of the year as we dive into 2020.

What I’m looking forward to is spending Christmas with my family. Just thought I post a quick blog to talk about that. Also, make sure that if you haven’t already, check out my website at danbarnesw.com. So, thanks for reading, good luck on your finals, and see you next time!