Amethyst's Awareness

What is the injustice we are solving?
I will educate youth in the Promise Zone of St. Louis about the importance of Mental Health. In this particular area, youth are not educated about the meaning of Mental Health and how it affects every person despite any demographic. Youth have a preconceived idea, a stigma, about mental illnesses even though it affects a great number of them. Areas surrounding the Promise Zone are supplied with in school licensed therapist, pamplets, and free screenings. Simple knowing the basis could change someones life and how they live it. It could also promote the youth wanting to understand each other and themselves on a deeper level.
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Adrian B.

April 05, 2018

Hi Khaliah,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian
Adrian B.

February 02, 2018

Hi Khaliah!

Thanks so much for sharing this project! Overcoming mental health stigma--whether we've internalized it against ourselves or against others--is so important, and it can save lives. I'm glad you've decided to take this project on! We're here to support you however you need.

Peace First has many tools and resources for starting and building a successful project. The next step is to take a deep dive into understanding the injustice you're describing here. Why is there mental health stigma? Understanding more deeply will help you get to the root cause of this injustice, which will then allow you to make a plan that addresses the injustice at its root.

To learn more about mental illness stigma, you can read and research as well as talk to people who are directly affected by the stigma, people who perpetuate the stigma, and people who are already working on this problem. Do you know people in your community who are in each of these categories? Let me know if you need support brainstorming about this. Here are the tools we have for this part of the work: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/test-project-3/dashboard/understand-injustice

Here are some links to organizations, blogs, and activists working to end mental health stigma:
http://theicarusproject.net/
https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/11/physical-illness-mental-illness/
https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/12/dismiss-teenagers-mental-health/
https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/02/teenagers-and-mental-health/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mental-health-discrimination_us_57e55d07e4b0e28b2b53a896

If you'd like more information or stories from particular groups of people who experience mental health stigma at higher rates, just let me know! I'm happy to help however I can. Let me know if there are other ways we can support you in this process. I'm so excited that you're doing this work, and look forward to seeing what you do in your next step!

Best,
Adrian
Khaliah B.

February 04, 2018

This means so much!! I will use all these resources
Adrian B.

February 05, 2018

I'm so glad this is helpful! Please keep us posted! Let me know how we can support your work moving forward. :)