World Teen Mental Wellness Day is observed annually to raise awareness for the mental health issues teenagers face daily, promote mental wellness and determine solutions.
Mental health struggles, especially anxiety and depression, are common in teenagers. However, findings show that stigma prevents many teens from seeking help. Many don’t know the resources available in their own schools and communities, and too few know how to engage in self-care.
This year, bi3, Interact for Heath and The Joe Burrow Foundation are partnering together to invite high school students to develop and participate in activities commemorating World Teen Mental Wellness Day. Students will be awarded up to $500 per school to plan, create and lead activities that engage their fellow students. While the Global Day will be held on Saturday, March 2, students will be encouraged to plan activities on March 1 while schools are in session.
This is the second year local high school students have the opportunity to receive funding to support activities. In the inaugural year, funding supported 11 high schools to create wellness rooms, host speakers, promote awareness of resources and the national 988 number and dedicate days to journaling and reflecting. See more here.
Develop a plan for your school:
- Reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges and accessing care
- Increase awareness about the mental health resources available to students within your school and communities
- Encourage students to participate in wellness activities
APPLY FOR FUNDING
All high school students in the Greater Cincinnati region are eligible and only need to fill out an application describing plans for the funding and commit to sharing pictures of activities with us via email and social media within a week of World Teen Mental Wellness Day. Send the completed application along with a copy of the school’s W-9 to Marian Black at Marian_Black@bi3.org.
Blank W-9 forms can be found on the IRS website.
Note: Each Greater Cincinnati high school can submit one application, which must be signed by the principal. The final deadline for applications is February 1, 2024.
Questions? Contact Marian Black at Marian_Black@bi3.org.