MIND Speaks Up: an online platform for youth mental health

  • Meghan Joy Smith University of British Columbia
  • Eric Zhao University of British Columbia
  • Connor Hawkins University of British Columbia
  • Megan Lucey University of British Columbia
  • Jordan Yeo University of British Columbia
  • Kelly Zerr University of British Columbia

Abstract

Mental health disorders are common and stigmatized health issues that often present during youth. Although effective prevention and treatment strategies exist, an estimated two-thirds of individuals with a mental illness do not seek help, and stigma has been identified as a significant barrier. We developed MINDSpeaksUp.com, a website aimed to be a local resource for mental health and to lower the barrier to seeking help by reducing stigma. The website hosts videos featuring members of the UBC community sharing stories of their personal struggles with mental health. It also includes a portrait project, written submissions, and a resources tab.

Author Biographies

Meghan Joy Smith, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine 2018
Eric Zhao, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine 2020
Connor Hawkins, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine 2018
Megan Lucey, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine 2018
Jordan Yeo, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine 2019
Kelly Zerr, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine 2019
Published
2018-03-09
Section
News and Letters