Mental Health Awareness

A Peacemaking Project by Karen A.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Our project will help eradicate false and harmful beliefs/accusations about mental illness in the adolescent community of the city of Holland by educating and informing the community about: what mental illness is and isn't, and how to better understand those who struggle with mental illness.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of mental illness stigma
we will address lack of information and understanding
by creating a mental health workshop for adolescents

Our Project Plan:


  • Inform the adolescent community about what mental health and mental illness are
  • Inform the adolescent community about how to better understand those who struggle with mental illness
  • Give strategies to help care for the adolescents with mental illnesses

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Making others understand the feelings and thoughts that are going on in the people with mental illness heads and discovering the best way of helping those people

How will you show courage?

We will show courage by facing a group of peers who may be oppositional in beliefs about mental health and use public speaking skills.

How will you collaborate with others?

We will collaborate with people by doing workshops and scenarios to find how others can help

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

By giving a questionnaire/survey to give to others to fill out to know feedback

Key Steps

  • Develop business cards with notes on how to interact/help people dealing with a mental disorder to pass out at end of presentation
  • Develop presentation with demos/walk-throughs/scenarios
  • Research places and decide on location(s) to hold workshop
  • Schedule the times for the workshop at schools and local places


Akila S. Peace First Staff
8 June 2018 10:38
Hi Karen! We're checking in because you haven't submitted your reflection yet. Reflections were due on May 31 as a part of your mini-grant award. Please submit your reflection as soon as you can. We're looking forward to hearing about how your project went!

Here is the link to your reflection:

Dalton B. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 10:25
Hi Karen! Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below:
- I love that your project is centered around engaging your peers - I think changing their perceptions of mental illness can have really powerful and lasting impact!

-I think you're being really thoughtful in what you need to be successful in this work - thinking through the collateral you'll need to be effective during and after your workshops.

- I'd love to hear more about some of the details of your workshops - how exactly will this look? What's the curriculum? Who will be speaking? The content of these workshops is the gist of your project, so you want to make sure that's well developed!

- I'd also love to get a better understanding of how you will be collaborating - with who exactly and in what ways? Will it be through curriculum development? Just in the presentation?
RaulPF C.
2 March 2018 16:36
Welkom Karen!
Thanks so much for posting your project!
Can you share a bit more about what initial ideas you have to work on this project?
You could use our toolkit if you want some help generating ideas or putting your project together. You can find the toolkit here:
We look forward to hearing more from you and to seeing how we can help you!
Have a great day!
Brennan L. Peace First Staff
11 October 2019 21:27
Hi Karen,

My name is Brennan, and I'm a Fellow-in-Residence here at Peace First.

I hope you're doing well! How are things with your project? We'd love to see any updates that you have to share. Please remember to submit your reflection as well when your project goals are complete.

Looking forward to hearing from you!