In this Challenge, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking insightful essays from U.S. high school students, aged 16 – 18, that describe a teen’s understanding of a specific mental health issue and ideas that can promote better health and well-being in their communities with a particular emphasis on communicating with parents, peers, school leaders, policy makers, and health professionals.
The challenge of raising mental health awareness among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities is multifaceted but includes two key barriers: language issues and cultural barriers. To address these barriers, the Healthy Mind Initiative was established to create a collaboration across the federal, state, county, and community sectors with two intents. The first aim is to improve mental health literacy in AAPI communities. The second aim is to address the mental health stigma and cultural barriers to seeking mental health treatment faced by AAPI youth and communities.
The Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story Challenge was initiated to address this second aim and then further expanded to include any youth from any culture that may view mental health negatively or not at all due to stigma, lack of awareness and education, and differences in cultural conceptualization of mental health.
Solutions submitted to this Challenge could include:
- Creative ideas to start a conversation
- Innovative ideas to remove/reduce/lower barriers
- Suggested changes in school policies
- Other areas of concern to individuals and their community
Learn more about the challenge in this announcement. Essays are due by May 31, 2019.