Teen Changemakers Essay Contest

We believe that mental health education is most effective when it begins in our youth. This can be you! 


2023 Prompt:

At school and within your community, how will you be a source of strength and inspiration through your vulnerability in sharing about your mental health, and allowing others to do the same?

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

1st Place: Sophia Hasan

2nd Place: Katie Garrison

3rd Place: Surabhi Verma

Check back in November 2024 for our next prompt!


  1. Must be a current high school student in 9th to 12th grade. 
  2. Must provide your high school teacher or counselor’s information for verification.

Essays should be between 500 and 1,000 words but will not be penalized for surpassing the word count if the content is deemed an essential part of the student’s message.


We are pleased to announce that 3 winners will receive cash prizes ($1,000, $500, $250) and their letters used as a template for future advocacy that will be featured on our website.



Past Winners:



1st Place: Jaime Park

2nd Place: Elena Hirsch

3rd Place: Sydney Waltner


1st Place: Angela Li

2nd Place: Eric Corona

3rd Place: Nathan Gagné


1st Place: Jake McCann

2nd Place: Hosana Tagomori

3rd Place: Robert Ye


1st Place: Eric Shan

2nd Place: Su Bin Cho

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