We are delighted to share a blog written by team Social Outreach for Students, from The Columbus School who is delivering a Global Goals project for the 2019-20 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 957 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
Our project is about spreading awareness of mental health. We were really intrigued about why society considers mental health a type of sickness or think that people that suffer from these are just seeking for attention.
Our project’s main goal to spread awareness about what mental illness really is and also to be able to achieve a decrease in depression and suicide rates in schools. We plan to help students silenced by society to speak up and not be ashamed of their feelings. We have done immense progress in our schools regarding mental health awareness. We reached the school counselors and the School’s superintendent regarding how we will implement our project in the entire school. The counselors agreed to contribute to the project and with the help of the schools administration, we are working on creating a sustainable approach for the students.
During the process of this project, our team has learned many valuable skills that will not only benefit the members in the future but will make the project be better overall. To begin, teamwork has been one of the main things we have learned. In the beginning, we did not understand and worked very well; yet, after catching the beat our team was able to produce more work and come up with the great ideas we’ve been materializing in this short period of time. Also, we have learned how to work fast and under the United Nations Social Development Goals, being able to produce work that can benefit admirable organizations such as the UN. Finally, we have learned to receive feedback from others. At the beginning we thought that the team would be able to do this project alone; yet, after receiving feedback from our mentors the project has been growing and improving drastically.
The Next Chapter
Right now we are working on the future of this project which is looking promising all throughout the school. Ahead of us is a sustainable place where students feel comfortable talking about how they are feeling with us or with the counselors. We recommend for people to persevere and work on their ideas because it could really make a change in society…
The 2019-20 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2020. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.