Category Archives: Public Health HS Essay Contest

Are Video Games Really… “Mindless?”

By Ameyavikram Pathak

Hopewell Valley Central High School

We’ve all heard from, well, about everyone, that video games rot your brain. People often tell their kids to turn off their devices because they want their kids to have healthy eyes in this new era of technological advancements. Some can even argue that violence in certain video games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Fallout, is causing many people to commit acts of violence, like Columbine. But, very few have come to think that maybe Pac-Man or Galaga actually can improve your senses and capabilities that no one has ever thought would do. These “mindless” video games that we assume are just entertainment today can actually help us tomorrow by improving our cognitive abilities, which will help everyone, even adults, complete everyday tasks more efficiently than before.

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Untreated Mental Illnesses: The Causes and Effects

By Milena Bimpong

Lawrence High School

People view taking time off from school or work because of the flu or a broken bone as perfectly acceptable, but taking time off because of stress from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression, unfortunately, is not. People usually believe that someone who takes time off from school or work because of a physical illness needs the time to recover quickly. However, when someone does the same for a mental illness, they are usually told that they are “lazy” or that the problem is “all inside their head.” Why is this the case?

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