Nikita C, XiLin C, Hannah G, Krithika S
Our final project for the 2018 Intuit Girls Who Code program is "Expression", a website that promotes mental health. We are four high school students from the Bay Area who are passionate about de-stigmatizing the topic of mental wellness. We hope that "Expression" gives you more insight into what mental health is and how it impacts individuals. We also hope that this website helps motivate you to change the way you approach the subject of mental health, and to make a conscious effort to take care of your own mental state. Remember: everyone, whether they are mentally healthy or not, should dedicate attention and care towards maintaining a sound mind.
The problem that we are trying to address is the widespread ignorance of the causes and effects of mental health. Additionally, we observed that the majority of people feel uncomfortable talking about mental illnesses because of the stigma surrounding them.
About 1 in 5 people are diagnosed with a mental health issue in their lifetime. Depression in youths increased from 6% in 2012 to 8% in 2015. Evidently, mental health is an influential condition in our world today, and we believe it to be imperative that everyone is educated on the subject.
To educate people on various aspects of mental health, we decided to create a website: "Expression". It includes statistics, personal stories from those who have battled mental illnesses or know someone who has, and information on how others can help. There is also a tab that provides suggestions as to how you can take care of your mental health and how you can help other people who may have a mental health condition.
We encountered several stumbling blocks and bugs when creating our project. Sometimes, the problem would be as simple as a syntax error, but some of our issues took quite a while to fix. Some examples include figuring out how to layer the navigation bar on top of the images and creating the quiz. We also had to work together to merge different parts of our code and had some issues with version control.