Empowering youth to shape the future of mental health

Participate | Innovate | Create



Empowering youth to shape the future of mental health

Participate | Innovate | Create



The Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge is a two-day event taking place Saturday, June 24th- Sunday, June 25th, 2017 for rising 10th-12th graders (in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) at the Li Ka Shing Center @ Stanford, to deepen our understanding of the mental health challenges that affect our communities and develop innovative ideas to tackle these issues.



Who can participate?

The event is open to rising 10th-12th graders in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, and we encourage participants to have an interest in helping address mental health issues in our community. However, no prior knowledge of mental health is necessary, as we will provide participants with information and resources beforehand to prepare!

What can I expect at the event?

You will work in teams of 5 on a specific challenge area within the field of mental health, and with the guidance of a mentor, to devise a unique and innovative way to address the challenge. Each team will then pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges and a top team will be selected to implement their idea. There will be runners up in each of the other four challenge prompt categories. 

What are the minimum requirements to participate?

  • Current enrollment in high school within San Mateo County or Santa Clara County

  • Available 8 am - 6 pm on both June 24th and 25th, 2017

  • Transportation to and from the event

  • Parent/guardian consent, media release and liability waiver signed

  • Willingness to work with a pre-assigned team students from other high schools, and with guidance from college students and mentors throughout the 2 day event

  • Willingness to work with your assigned team and mentors for up to 1 year following the event to implement the project idea, should you be part of a winning team

What happens if I am not able to make it to the event after I have registered?

If you are not able to make it to the event, participants must notify the planning committee via email ASAP so that we can give the spot to another applicant.  

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are Stanford faculty, students, and members of the community with expertise in the fields of mental health, technology, design thinking, etc.

What are the requirements if my team wins?

  1. Winning Project Team will meet as a team (either in person or online) once per month, and with their mentors quarterly. 

  2. Submit quarterly reports containing: Project idea and goals with timeline and status update

  3. Submit reimbursement requests as needed