Project We Care Colorado

Pre-assess - Understand
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Inspired
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Engaged
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Skills
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Stand Up
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Reach Out
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Others
Strongly Agree
Details - Project Image
Injustice - Importance
We have innocent people dying, even though suicide is the most preventable cause of death in the world. We shouldn't be spending our teenage years being depressed and isolated, and if we can help people out of this dark place, if we can save one person, that's the major goal.
Injustice - Who Affected
It impacts everyone, no matter race, religion, sex, gender identity, or any other defining inside or outside factor.
Injustice - How Affected
Without access or knowledge, there is no opportunity to better themselves or to actually start steps to recovery.
Injustice - Who Causes
Everyone, even if they don't try to. Stigma envelops all aspects of mental illness, and if we don't try to break that down, nothing will change.
Injustice - Why
Lack of education
Initial Problem Statement
Mental Illness - we have no resources and the resources we have are not affordable or accessable
Initial Problem Comments
Hi Saphira,

I hope you have had a great week and that you are ready to enjoy your weekend! I am commenting here to check on how you are doing and to ask you if you have had any questions when creating your mini-grant application. Remember that I am here to help and I will be more than happy to answer.

We are excited to support you with your project!

Comment Date
Fri, 01/11/2019 - 16:09
Interview - Who
Other teens suffering from mental illnesses
Interview - How They Feel
Our injustice is complicated because until it directly impacts either you or your friends, you don't notice how detrimental the lack of mental health resources is. They all agree that there needs to be a change inorder to help, if not save, multiple lives
Interview - How Affected
This group is particularly impacted directly because they need help, and when there's no help to get, they remain stuck with their mental illnesses.
Interview - Why They Feel That Way
It's not as much as a feeling, as it is a fact. They feel like there's nowhere to turn to because there are no places to go in times of crisis, and the resources that are out there aren't advertised to people who need them.
Interview - How Involved
By sharing their stories annonomously or being apart of the panic button videos, people can become involved in this project in multiple ways.
Root Cause
The root causes that we found was major underfunding and a despicable lack of education within our community, the state, and the entire world. The stigma caused by both of these is excruciatingly detrimental.
Compassionate Insight - Injustice
To lower suicide rates
Compassionate Insight - Address
We will address the lack of funding and lack of education regarding mental health
Compassionate Insight - Action
By creating an online educational resource to walk people through handling mental health crises, going through prevention mechanisms, and teaching people in need how to start moving towards recovery. We will propose mandatory mental health training for teachers and administrators in schools, and then hopefully expand that to large companies so we have many eyes educated and looking for signs of depression and mental illness. We will add mental health training into the already required health classes in schools.
Compassionate Insight - Comments
Hi Saphira,

Thanks so much for posting this project! I am glad to see that your project addresses the lack of mental health education and resources that is made available to students. I definitely agree that no one should feel the need to resort to suicide because of the lack of attention that society is paying towards this injustice. I’m a member of the Peace First team and as part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff gives formal feedback on important steps of your project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I appreciate that you clearly show compassion in making sure that more people get the proper support in battling against mental health challenges. Your future plans will definitely make this issue more acknowledged by people and helps remove negative stigmas or beliefs that people have on mental health. Education as you say is key and you have definitely thoroughly thought about the root causes of this and the necessary steps in addressing it. Your work will reach many not just the ones around you through new improved school health education but also anyone who decides to use your online resources. I thank you for the amazing work that you have done so far and can’t wait to see more of what’s to come!

Will you be creating your own educational resource guides and tips or using ones that have been made by other individuals? Have you considered adding crisis helplines onto your webpage? (If you need help in finding organizations that do a great job of this, I am happy to help!) I also encourage you to talk to other advocacy groups in your community who are already fighting for this. You may find their support helpful in deciding what to include on the site and how to move forward with things. How do you plan to get better training for health teachers in your community and who are the people you need to talk to for it to happen?

Here are some projects already on our platform that addresses mental health. Feel free to start an online conversation with them:

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for all the awesome work that you have done so far! I look forward to seeing what you do! :)

Comment Date
Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:02
Plan - Goals
Decrease stigma
Educate and advocate for mental health
Make resources available and affordable for everyone in need.
Plan - Compassion
We will increase our compassion by conducting more interviews in person so we truly understand what we're trying to do and the people we're trying to help and thinking about the pros/cons of what we're proposing and the impact it will have on our community and the people around us.
Plan - Courage
We will show courage by not hesitating to share our own personal stories to make people feel more comfortable. The more vulnerable we are the more people will want to listen. We will not hesitate to jump on opportunities that will better the world.
Plan - Collaborate
We're already partnered with many mental health-related and nonmental health-related organizations throughout the state, and we will continually use these connections to form a larger network. Once we have our timeline, we will be able to better divide up work and figure out what we need to accomplish.
Plan - Direction
We know we'll be moving in the right direction when we have merchandise and marketing materials, have an active timeline, are working, are writing speeches for legislatures, and the house, are working with the school board and MindSprings to create the teacher trainings, working with UB.U for prevention integration into schools and have a production schedule.
Plan - Steps
-Contact/Get in touch with count/mindsprings/ school board/speakup reachout
- Follow up with legislatures
- Figure out a schedule with High Five Access Media
- Follow up with CMC
- Timeline/Schedule
Plan - Comments
Hi Saphira,

Congratulations! Your Plan has been approved! This means you can move forward with creating your budget to apply for a mini-grant, if you need one to bring it to life.

This 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 as you prepare to apply for the Mini-Grant and as you carry it out. Please see the feedback below:

Strengths: The injustice that you are addressing is highly important. The rate of suicide in Colorado has been increasing for the last two decades and is interesting that legislators have not pushed for more education resources to prevent it. I am profoundly glad you decided to take action! I love the interview component that you have included; this will serve you both as a needs assessment and as an indicator to measure your impact. Great job! I appreciate the courage you are showing by sharing your personal stories, and I am sure you will inspire so many people.

Things to Consider: I noticed that you are still building your timeline. As a quick reminder, mini-grants are intended for you and your team to get started on your peacemaking journey so you can complete projects within the next three months after we disburse the funds. Take this into consideration to decide the date you sill submit your budget and payment details.

Best of luck with your project!


Comment Date
Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:31
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Interview - Who
Other teens suffering from mental illnesses