Promote positive mental health
Mental health issues have a major impact on today's society. Volunteer to help those that are dealing with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Join millions of young people that care by signing up for a campaign below to give support to those experiencing mental illness.
DoSomething.org run dozens of campaigns each year that lead to better self-care. Want to improve self-esteem at your school? Post encouraging notes in your school’s bathroom with Mirror Messages. Boost morale and brighten the days of young hospital patients by creating an activity book through Patient Playbooks. Motivate your friends to talk to counselors during stressful times with Heart on Your Sleeve.
Whichever strategy you want to focus on, whether it’s fighting stress, making new friends, or boosting others’ self-esteem, we have you covered.
Sign up now. Join millions of young people volunteering to make a difference.
Facts About Mental Health
- Almost half of young people have seen or experienced online harassment, which can seriously impact self-esteem. 1
- There are more than 6 million children hospitalized each year. Being in the hospital can be really scary, especially for kids, and can actually lead to depression. 2
- By age 13, approximately 53% of American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This increases to 78% once girls reach 17 years of age. 3
- One of the most common causes of self-injury is low self-esteem, and over 40% of young people personally know someone who has done it. 4
- 70% of young people with mental health needs don't receive the care they need. 5
Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies, Craig Newmark. The Rise of Online Harassment. http://www.onlineharassmentdata.com/. Accessed online November 2014.
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project: http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb118.pdf. 2009.
Brumberg, Joan J., "The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls," 1998. Accessed January 29, 2014.
Transue, Laura, Janis Whitlock. “Self-Injury in the Media.” Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, 2010. Web Accessed July 14, 2014.
Chandra A, CS Minkovitz, “Stigma Starts Early: Gender Differences in Teen Willingness to Use Mental Health Services,” 2006. Accessed December 20th, 2013.
What You Get
Psh, what DON’T you get? Each campaign offers the key facts, pro tips, and four easy action steps you need to rock the campaign and make an impact.
- Step 1, Know It: You get stats on the problem and how you’re going to solve it.
- Step 2, Plan It: You’ll learn the stuff you need, how to recruit others to take action with you, and how to prep to take action.
- Step 3, Do It: You’ll learn how to actually do the darn thing and make the biggest impact possible.
- Step 4, Prove It: Snap a pic of you in action and upload it! Each campaign counts as volunteer experience for your resume. And you can enter to win scholarships! Speaking of…
Scholarships and Contests
You make the world suck less for others. Great! So what’s in it for you? Money. Lots and lots of money. (For school.) Complete any campaign on the site, send a pic in the Prove It section, and you’ll enter to win a $10,000 scholarship! We award one of these seasonal scholarships four times a year. And, lots of other campaigns offer their own scholarship opps. Mad chances to win mad money.
DoSomething.org makes the world suck less. One of the largest orgs for young people and social change, our millions of members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere. *mic drop