Winners of the Mental Health Challenge

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Winners of the Mental Health Challenge

In September 2020 Blink International launched an exciting challenge open to ambitious artists and advocates in the photography and videography field. This was an opportunity for young people to present unique innovations within the mental health sector and share inspiring stories of hope from their communities. We believe that their stories should not go unnoticed because they matter.

Phyllis Irungu: Mental Health Advocate

Challenge Winner from Kenya

What does mental health awareness mean to you?

It simply means making sure that everyone not only has knowledge on what mental health encompasses but also understands and most importantly they believe that regardless of what mental issues they have they can be supported through it.

What is the main message you would like people seeing your submission to get about the importance of mental health awareness?

Mental Health is important and everyone should be able to get support despite their social status and that people suffering from mental issues can use their struggles and their story to be a voice of impact.

How important do you feel recognition for your submission is towards your larger portfolio?

This opportunity presents a chance for me to increase my efforts towards championing for mental health awareness in my community and most importantly rallying as many young people to come on board. It has also opened my mind that I can document stories of impact and change touching on mental health.

Link to Phyllis two submissions can be found on here and here

Hafsat Buhari: Student

Challenge Winner from Nigeria

What does mental health awareness mean to you?

Mental health awareness means bringing down the walls of stigma by sharing our experiences, stories, and truths. It means educating others on what mental illness really is and helping those with illnesses know they are not alone.

How important do you feel recognition for your submission is towards your larger portfolio?

Participating and being selected as one of the winners of this challenge is a great achievement for me because I have always been interested in community service so this feels like a step forward towards achieving that goal.

What is the main message you would like people seeing your submission to get about the importance of mental health awareness?

I want them to know that mental health disorders are real and that people with mental health disorders should not be stigmatized but rather we should be kind to them especially in these trying times.

The link to Hafsat’s impressive creative submissions can be found here

Lucy Mugure: Aspiring media practitioner

Challenge Winner from Uganda

What does mental health awareness mean to you?

Living my life at peace with myself, the society but most importantly with God. Using all my gifts and talents to make a better world.

What mental health gap did you identify and how is your submission addressing this?

I addressed the people who were laid off due to the closure of businesses due to COVID-19. My submission creates awareness and it also gives hope that there is life after Covid losses. We must therefore be careful to rebuild ourselves under the new normal.

What is the main message you would like people seeing your submission to get about the importance of mental health awareness?

It is critical to address mental health to achieve maximum productivity in our society. We must live our full lives and there is no other way to do it except to address mental health gaps first.

The link to her submissions can be accessed here

One Response

  1. Esther says:

    Congratulations to Phyllis Wanjiru from Kenya and the rest of the participants. Wonderful initiative. Indeed,there is no health without mental health.

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