How can society reduce mental health stigma and foster resilience among young people?

Mental health is an important part of overall health for across all life stages. However, far too often, symptoms are not addressed or recognized among adolescents.

Speaking Up About Mental Health! This is My Story is an essay where high school students address ways to eliminate and/or reduce mental health stigma that young people may need to overcome when seeking mental health treatment.

This contest is soliciting essays that

  • Raise awareness of mental health among American youth and their families
  • Promote communication and understanding among teens, parents, guardians, and other caregivers to seek help for mental health issues
  • Provide students the opportunity for self-expression about mental health concerns

Ideas for essay topics could include:

  • Resilience and coping during challenging times
  • School policies or practices that could help reduce stigma
  • Conversations about mental health or related stigmas
  • Barriers to mental health treatment
  • Other areas of concern to individuals and their communities with respect to mental health

The challenge is soliciting essays to raise the awareness of mental health and provide students an opportunity for self-expression about mental health concerns.

I am a 11th grader in high school who suffers from depression and social anxiety as well as ADHD and Dyslexia. For me, Covid-19 has impacted my mental health with separation an anxiety. I feel disconnected from my friend and suffered aduring tramatic experience durring the pandemic. I got used to speaking traumatic of a computer, and now that we are back to in-person I feel oin frontut of place. Please help me, write this…