Mental Health Awareness Week Essay Competition for Youth
Date:12:00am to 11:30pm on 28 September - 06 November 20
We are excited to bring to you the New Zealand Mental Health Awareness Week Essay Competition!
NZMHAEC is an essay competition for young people aged 13-18 to talk about mental health. Submit a short essay of less than 600 words on the given theme and be in to win some amazing prizes!
For information about this competition and how to enter, please visit www.nzmhaec.org.
This year the theme is: 'Yes Mental Health Matters: Coping with Stress in a Time of Distress'
This year has brought massive changes to our lives that no youth has ever faced before. From online learning to the loss of physical contact, the stress and uncertainty brought on by these massive changes have put a strain on our mental wellbeing. Especially being constantly faced with the anxiety and negativity of the media, it has been difficult to not be affected.
However, it is ok to not feel great. A Youthline survey of youth conducted the April lockdown found that the pandemic had a negative impact on the mental health of 72% of surveyees. What is important is how we overcome these challenges. Therefore, the theme this year focuses on how hope and positivity can be refound.
The pandemic has redefined what wellbeing looks like so new approaches to cope with stress are also needed. There is no correct answer to how to deal with all this stress, however, we hope that your essays can bring insight and new perspectives on dealing with mental health while messages of positivity and hope!