Project We Care Colorado

A Peacemaking Project by Saphira K.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Mental Illness - we have no resources and the resources we have are not affordable or accessable

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of To lower suicide rates
we will address We will address the lack of funding and lack of education regarding mental health
by 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.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Decrease stigma
  • Educate and advocate for mental health
  • Make resources available and affordable for everyone in need.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

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.

How will you show 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.

How will you collaborate with others?

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.

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

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.

Key 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

Comments:

Andrea C. Peace First Staff
14 January 2019 17:11

Hi Saphira,

I am Andrea from Peace First :) How was your Monday? Mine was quite inspiring. Actually, you inspired me! I read the projects we have received from the Colorado challenge (yours and the young people that participated in the lab!). I am so inspired by your work and your determination to solve this injustice.

I think you should check the other projects, and share your ideas and suggestions by leaving a comment. Remember that we are a community and we all love to get feedback from our peers :)

Find here the links to the other projects:
-High School Restroom Makeover to Empower Students: https://www.peacefirst.org/project/high-school-restroom-makeover-empower-students
-Find Your Voice (Greeley, CO): https://www.peacefirst.org/project/find-your-voice-greeley-co
-Day Without Hate: https://www.peacefirst.org/project/day-without-hate

As always, let me know if you have any question. I’ll be more than happy to answer.

Best,
Andrea  

Andrea C. Peace First Staff
31 January 2019 15:56

Hi Saphira,

How are you? Just one more step to get a mini-grant for up to $250! You are so close to implement your project and address the injustices in your community! :)

I noticed you hadn’t made any updates lately and I wonder if you have any question on how to fill out the mini-grant application. I am here to help you! I am hoping to hear from you soon so I can process your mini-grant and send the check your way.

Best,
Andrea