The Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship
The Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship has been designed and led by young people, for young people. The Fellowship is a six-month virtual program for young people from across the globe who are passionate about youth mental health and want to create change in the mental health landscape of their country. The inaugural fellowship commenced in May 2021 and will run until November 2021. Contributors to the 2021 fellowship include the Institute of Climate and Peace, UNICEF, United for Global Mental Health, Mahi a Atua, The Stablity Network, Manic Monologues and Spur.
The fellowship has been established to build the capacity, skills and voices of young people to create positive change in mental health awareness, policy and systems reform. It consists of five modes of learning:
- Education and training modules: The education and training modules follow the five sections of the Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Toolkit and cover the following topics:
- Month 1: Defining mental ill-health, advocacy and personal development
- Month 2: Safety in advocacy and sharing your personal mental health story
- Month 3: Preparing for advocacy and developing a proposal for change
- Month 4-5: Doing advocacy
- Month 6: After advocacy, creating sustainable change.
- Mentoring: Mentoring is used as a space for fellows to develop skills and expertise tailored to each fellow’s learning needs.
- Peer support: Peer-to-peer support is an invaluable opportunity for the fellows to provide each other with strategic and emotional support.
- Contact with leaders in global youth mental health: Beyond the impact of implementing their own proposal for change, fellows are able to network with leaders in youth mental health from around the world.
- Contribution: One component of the fellowship is experiential learning, which allows fellows to engage with the established work of Orygen.