2014 Mental Health Awareness Essay Contest
For junior and senior high school students, write an essay on the topic of "How does your personal definition of success affect your mental health?"
May 31, 2014
2014 Mental Health Awareness Essay Contest Winners
10 winners and 20 honorable mentions were announced at the mental health awareness essay contest award ceremony at Irvington High School in Fremont on May 31, 2014.
This year's contest judges included:
- Mary Ellen, Chair of the Valley Care Medical Foundation and Ambassador and Community Volunteer;
- Kenneth Mintz, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education Trustee;
- Hung Wei, Member of Board of Trustees, Fremont Union High School District;
- G. Julie Xie, Ph.D., School Psychologist at Fremont Unified School District;
- Dr. Paul Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
You can also read the 2014 mental health awareness essays written by the winning and honorable mentioned students.
2014 Mental Health Awareness Essay Contest Awards Ceremony
On behalf of the Culture to Culture Foundation, we cordially invite you to join us in honoring high school students throughout California at the 2014 Mental Health Awareness Award Ceremony. This year we asked students to tell us about their personal definitions of success and how these definitions impact their mental health. We were greatly inspired by the essays submitted by 242 students from 78 California high schools, and believe you will be too. We hope you can join us for this special opportunity to learn about the diverse perspectives and aspirations of the students in our community, while supporting and celebrating each of their individual paths towards achieving happiness and fulfillment.
Awards Ceremony begins at 2:00 PM at Irvington High School
Reception will follow Awards Ceremony
Please RSVP by May 20, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Mental Health Awareness Essay Contest Information
Topic: "How does your personal definition of success affect your mental health?"
Awards: 10 scholarship awards $1000 each
20 honorable mention awards $250 each
Submit by March 17, 2014
- Applicants must be 11th or 12th grade students
- Essays should have a 1,000 word limit
- Essays must include an introductory cover page that lists:
- Full Name
- Home Address
- Telephone Number
- Email Address
- High School
- Current Grade
- Please submit essay as a single email attachment (PDF or MS Word format) to: email@example.com
- Please name the attached file: Last Name, First Name
What are some signs of a mental health issue?
- Feeling exhausted all the time
- Withdrawing from your friends
- Difficulty sleeping
- Gradual or sudden decline in grades
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Hearing or seeing things that others don't
- Extreme anxiety toward food & body image
- Feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed
- Finding it difficult to cope with academic pressures, family conflict, relationships, financial hardships, bullying or school safety issues
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, sent a letter to Bay Area educators publicizing this essay contest.