If you’re a student ages 13-18 with a passion for mental health advocacy and building a healthier relationship with technology and social media, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global wants to publish your work!
On World Mental Health Day on October 10th, in response to startling statistics about the rise of student mental health concerns (over 90 percent of Generation Z students say they’re stressed out, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2018 Stress in America report), Thrive Global launched Thrive on Campus, a major ongoing initiative anchored by a special section devoted to stories from the student and educational communities about improving mental health and well-being in class and beyond.
Recent research has shown that our constant state of connectivity through devices and social media comes at a significant cost to our mental well-being, especially for teenagers. With so many conflicting pressures around being “always online,” getting good grades, loading up on extracurriculars, and preparing for life after high school, teens are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression in increasing severity and at younger ages. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that American teens say anxiety and depression is the most important problem their generation is facing, with 70 percent considering it a “major problem.”
We’ve heard what adults have to say about this — but we at Thrive want to know what you, the students, have to say about your own experiences.
Thrive is partnering on a special Op-Ed Writing Competition with Write the World, an interactive online global community for student writers to develop their voices, refine their editing skills, and get their work published on an international platform. Thrive’s Editorial Director, Marina Khidekel, will be the guest judge.
What’s in it for you:
Here’s what you need to know:
Competition eligibility: Current students ages 13-18
Registration: Register for a free contributor account on Write the World
Opening date for submissions: May 13th, 2019
Due date for submissions: May 28th, 2019
Winners to be announced: June 7th, 2019
We’re eager to hear your thoughts and to give your voices a meaningful, global platform.
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