Reach Out is an interactive Jeopardy-style game, which gets students into teams and challenges them to think about what they know and don't know about mental health issues and illnesses. The game is played using a computer, data projector and speakers, and is embedded with music, video content and information about emotional and mental health. When we play Reach Out with young people, our hope is to get conversations about mental health started during game play.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Mental health is a topic that affects us all. One in five people will experience a mental health issue during their lifetimes. This means that there may be youth you know that have lived experience with mental health issues and illnesses, or who might face these challenges in the next few years. It's important for young people to be informed of these issues, and to be provided with some resources to turn to in case they ever need to access them for themselves or a friend.
How will this project solve this problem?
A well-facilitated discussion can help battle stigma. Knowledge is power. Facts debunk myths and promote understanding. Young people can help themselves/a friend who might be going through a tough time, especially if they have some knowledge about mental health issues and how to get help. Mental health isn't just about the absence of mental illnesses. Mental health is about taking care of oneself and being able to cope through tough times. Mental Illness does not discriminate.
Potential Long Term Impact
By providing youth with relevant and youth friendly information when they need it, we believe we can avoid a more serious crisis that could disrupt their education, their social development and ultimately their confidence in their future. Our goals are: to reduce the stigma attached to seeking help for depression, mental health disorders and suicide, and to promote help seeking and mutual aid amongst peers. The more presentations we do, the more youth we can reach.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.