Youth Involvement
• engage in leadership through service workshops learning about mental illnesses, addiction, the stigma associated with each, and service-learning
• take self-directed action against social stigma through the completion of either a youth voice service-learning project or a prescribed service-learning project,
• receive financial resources needed to implement service-learning projects that address the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse


Programming Tiers

• Decrease negative attitudes and beliefs among adolescents toward peers and adults with mental illness and/or substance use disorders
• Decrease social distance between adolescents and their peers who have a mental illness and/or substance use disorder
• Encourage adolescents to speak with an adult when they become concerned about a peer who is depressed, suicidal, or exhibiting other signs/symptoms of a mental illness and/or substance use disorder

Why should your school participate? Negative beliefs and attitudes towards youth who have a mental illness are alive and well. This stigma causes shame and embarrassment for these youth and they experience its impact through ostracism, social isolation, depression, suicidal ideation, and self-harm.

16% experience suicidal ideation
25-44% drop out of school
2/3 don’t receive treatment

Decreasing Stigma Helps To Cut Down On
poor school performance
suicidal ideation and completion