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2023 Results

We are extremely excited to announce 2023 winners of the New Zealand Mental Health Essay Competition!!

This year the competition was split into 3 age groups - Year 9, Year 10-11 and Year 12-13. Essays where marked based on 5 criteria: Relevance, Ideas & Message, Focus & Organisation, Engagement and Language. Special thanks to Claire's professional perspective to help with judging.

All of the essays we received were well-written and completed with high degrees of thought. It was an extremely difficult process deciding the winners. Everyone's take on the theme was unique and intriguing, bringing different perspectives to youth mental health. It was definitely a pleasure reading through each essay and what each student had to say. We commend everyone who participated for their efforts!

Lastly, thank you to everyone that participated in NZMHAEC, as well as those that supported our competition. As our mission is to spark conversation among youth about mental health, working towards breaking down the social stigma surrounding mental health, your efforts allow us to become one step closer to this. 

We hope you continue to support NZMHAEC, as well as continue to talk about youth mental health! 

Thank you,



Please keep on scrolling for the results! 


2023 Results

Due to the high quality of all the essays, it was extremely tough to decide winners for each category. Everyone's essays was heartwarming to read. 

All winning essays and honourable mention essays are available below.


Year 9                                                                                            Rebecca Qia

Year 10 - Year 11                                                                            Helen Liu

Year 12 - Year 13                                                                            Mia Li 


Miranda Yuan, Ethan Peng, Andrew Zhang

Huge congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups! Can't wait to see all your submissions for next year! 


Click on the essay writers name to view their essay

Winning Essays

Rebecca Qiao

Helen Liu

Mia Li

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