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Our Idea

Why did your team choose to focus on this challenge?

We chose this topic to expand our knowledge and raise awareness about mental health. Many people don't acknowledge mental health but it needs to be better understood because in 2022, 49,449 people took their own life due to mental health.

What have you learned about the challenge that you didn't know before?

We learned so many things about our topic. We did some research and found out how almost 350 million people worldwide suffer with depression and that one in every six young people suffer from depression. We also found out anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition affecting nearly 40 million people yearly.

Outline the specific problem you would like to solve for your Hero and two or three solutions you think would help.

Problem: Our problem is that since Vanessa moved to Ireland from Ukraine and her mental health has gotten worse. Her mental health has gotten worse because of anxiety from leaving friends and family in the war in Ukraine. She struggles to talk to people and make new friends so she spends a lot of time on her own which is bad for her mental health. Since Vanessa moved to Ireland she found a boyfriend who is 18 years old and Vanessa is 17 years old. Her boyfriend does not treat her well. She will not leave him because she is scared and doesn’t realise how abusive he is and if she leaves him she won’t have anyone. Solution: Our solution is for Vanessa to start going to therapy so she can freely talk to someone about her problems and anxiety. Vanessa should also start going to different clubs and activities for example sports clubs and youth clubs where she can talk to more people and make new friends.

Ask your Mentor anything.

We would like to know if you think our problem and solution for Vanessa is good. We would also like to know if there is anything we need to change or add into our Hero Profile and Empathy Map?

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