High School Essay Contest

We believe that mental health education is most effective when it begins in our youth.

IBPF’s High School Essay Contest


Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place: Micah Gatewood

2nd Place: Rachel Benson

3rd Place: Morgan Matheson

2022 Topic:

Although social media can be a powerful tool for connecting with friends and building a sense of community, research indicates that social media usage may negatively affect mental health. What are some ways that you can leverage social media for the greater good in your community?

1. Create a mental health campaign or program using social media to connect with classmates, and explain how you can develop non-screen time activities inside or outside of school.

  1. Make a plan for launching a social media campaign showing how you can uplift and encourage your classmate’s self-esteem and promote mental wellness. 


  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: 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


1st Place: Parag Kappor

2nd Place: Dierdre Zoe

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