Speaking Up About Mental Health!
This Is My Story

background image mentioning essay contest winners and honorable mentions


If you or someone you know needs help today, you can find help at the Crisis Text Line and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They’re free and available 24/7:

  • Text “HELLO” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
  • Call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you or your friend need immediate help, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced 10 winners and two honorable mentions for the Speaking Up about Mental Health! This Is My Story Essay Challenge. The contest was created to start conversations about mental health and encourage young people to seek help for mental health issues.

View winners of the essay contest

NOTE: NIH recognizes these talented young essay winners for their thoughtfulness and creativity in developing ideas to address mental health among minority youth. These essays are written in the students’ own words and are unedited except in cases where real names were changed to protect identities.