My second idea is a feature on the ever-growing high school phenomenon of the silent freak out that leads to hospitalization. I would conduct research by survey as I did in my current events feature from November. The first few questions would ask for severity, causes, and regular schedule of stress. The next would ask if home or school has provided you with effective means of dealing with such stress. Another would ask if that person has ever seeked help when overwhelmingly stressed. Another would ask how many people they know who have been hospitalized for depression/anxiety due to stress. A final would ask who’s to blame. I would try to get statistics for the number of hospitalizations over the years. I would interview with mostly anonymous sources as this is a sensitive topic. Mostly, I would just want to see if the majority of people blame school, parents, or society for this growing issue.
Questions to Interview annonymous sources (students, therapists, teachers if possible, parents)
1) What do you think Prospect (and District 214) is doing to try to prevent these depression/anxiety numbers from increasing?
2) What do you think is the main source of student stress?
3) Who is putting the stress on the student most: parents, the school, or society?
4) If they answered society: How/Why do you think this is becoming a societal issue?