New Zealand Mental Health Awareness Essay Competition

Let's talk about mental health

Welcome to the official site of the New Zealand Mental Health Awareness Essay Competition

The New Zealand Mental Health Essay Competition is an essay competition for young people aged 12 and above to talk about mental health.


This competition was created in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and will be officially launched during Mental Health Awarness Week 2022. 


Mental health issues amongst youth both globally and locally has always been an silent killer that grinds away your soul slowly but surely. It can’t be seen. it makes you enjoy loneliness makes u feel like if it was a given gift stollen from the crowds of laughter and happiness itself but without you knowing, you have already swam to far. Not waving but drowning . COVID-19 has added weight onto this already stressed camel but it also has been the last straw to take the camel onto its ground. never recovering up but issues such as social stigma and discrimination have not gotten any better, in fact it has fuelled this already existing fire making it more dangerous and helpless .People cannot reach out for help when its needed. Mental health is still an issue that is overlooked and under-discussed. 

The first step towards overcoming social stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health is getting people to know more and express themselves. loneliness is an illness an illness needs to be treated to prevent further deterioration. Treatment for loneliness is crowds and people where thoughts can be expressed .Only by doing this, can it allow further steps to be taken. Therefore, the goal of NZMHAEC is to spark conversation among youth about mental health, in order to work towards breaking down the social stigma that surrounds mental health.