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Speak Up for Mental Health

Essay Contest for Teens Under Way

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Know a teen with something to say about mental health? “Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story,” a national essay challenge cosponsored by NIMHD, NIMH and NICHD, aims to start conversations about mental health and encourage young people to seek help for mental health issues. U.S. high school students ages 16-18 are invited to submit a short essay. 

Topics may include resilience, ending stigma, improving communication among peers and adults and more. Submissions will be accepted through Apr. 30. Winners will be announced in September. Multiple winners will be chosen to receive cash prizes. For details, visit

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