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Mental Health America (MHA) is excited to announce our new Young Mental Health Leaders Council. For the past three years, MHA’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC) has identified student leaders impacting campus mental health. By focusing on student-led programs that fill gaps in traditional mental health services, CMHIC highlighted the concerns of college students and model student-led programs to be expanded to additional campuses. Now, we are opening the program to all young adults ages 18-25.

The new program will identify leaders who have created programs or initiatives that fill gaps in mental health supports and resources in their communities. Efforts could include starting a mental health and sports program, developing an app, launching a policy initiative, or more.

Selected members will:

  • Connect with and learn from other young leaders via virtual meetings over a 6-month term
  • Receive one-on-one mentoring for their programmatic and professional growth
  • Gain leadership opportunities at MHA and with MHA partners
  • Highlight their work and ideas in an annual report
  • Share their work with MHA’s social media network
  • Present at MHA local and national events and with MHA partners

In line with MHA’s over 111-year history of consumer leadership, the Young Mental Health Leaders Council centers lived experience as essential to meeting the mental health needs of youth and young adults today. The world is different and rapidly changing. To improve the well-being of young people, we need to listen to their ideas and support them in leading.

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Applications are due Friday, August 14, 2020.

Questions? Email Kelly Davis at