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Generation Bold: Mental Health Advocacy By Girls, For Girls

Generation Bold (Gen Bold) is a project to address the unique mental health needs of young women, ages 16 – 24. The initiative promotes women’s voices, addresses barriers to care for girls and transform storytelling into a tool for change.

Did you know that young women are more likely than their male peers to experience anxiety and depression? Girls are also less likely to receive treatment for mental health challenges. Unmet mental health needs can impact young women’s self-confidence, education, and interpersonal relationships. It can also lead to more serious outcomes like involvement with the juvenile justice system and even suicide.

Gen Bold provides a platform for young women to share their authentic selves and change the narrative around mental health. The project also fosters effective advocacy skills in the next generation of female leaders.

Women’s Mental Health Toolkit

The Gen Bold team is currently in the process of developing an online resource toolkit, with the aim of empowering young female-identifying advocates to make change in their communities. It will include basic information about mental health, the mental health care system, rights, stories from other young women, and pathways to advocacy. Want to contribute to the toolkit? Use the form the form below to share your story or contact genbold@ymadvocacy.org.

“Women’s voices are more powerful than they know. So many stories go untold–stories of resilience, survival, solidarity.”  – Smitha, Youth Advisory Board Member

Here are some ways YOU can get involved in Gen Bold:

This project is possible thanks to generous grants from the hope & grace initiative, Mckenzie Foundation of San Francisco, and the Pollination Project.

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