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What is your specific area of interest in youth mental health advocacy?

Anti-Stigma Advocacy, Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Advocacy.

why is youth mental health advocacy important to you?

Youth are increasingly experiencing mental health issues ranging from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and self-harm. Yet the issues are not adequately recognised, particularly in nations with limited access to this sector and that are bound by traditional beliefs. I have battled with mental health issues both personally and through those around me. Therefore, I know firsthand how it feels, and I want to be a voice to promote better mental health outcomes for youth.

how would you describe mental health in your community?

Access to mental health care in Laos remains limited due to a lack of qualified mental health practitioners, insufficient resources and funding for mental health care and the stigma associated with mental illness. There is still much work to be done to make mental health care more accessible to all.

Project Summary

The initial form of advocacy would be a public awareness campaign. I would like to:

  1. Create an appealing campaign message emphasising empathy, support and comprehension of depression, self-harm, and suicide.
  2. Spread vital information and raise awareness about mental health, suicide prevention and self-harm through numerous media spaces (such as social media and posters).
  3. Increase the campaign's reach and impact by enlisting the participation of local influencers, and mental health advocates.