Applications open for the Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

Applications open for the Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

6 January 2022

Applications open for the Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

Following the success of the inaugural Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship, we're extending this opportunity for a second iteration and applications are now open via www.orygen.org.au/globalfellowship.

The fellowship is an online program for up to 16 candidates aged 18-30 years old who are passionate about youth mental health and have a desire to create long-term change in the mental health landscape within their communities.

The program combines professional insights and education from leading global mental health organisations and networks, individual development and mentorship with industry leaders, and advocacy training from those who have practiced advocacy at a local, national and international level.

The program supports fellows to build a network of mental health youth advocates to provide peer support and sustain advocacy efforts beyond the reaches of the fellowship program.

Here is what some of the fellows from the inaugural cohort had to say about the Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship:

Testimonials from previous fellows:

“Being in that fellowship space really encouraged me and motivated me for the future; for my future mental health advocacy.” – Jennifer Oroilidis

“You just don't wake up one day and say okay I’m going to advocate, you have to be careful with what you say, who you say it to, you know, you want to make sure you're reaching the right audience so this has helped me tremendously.” – Sahar Vasquez

“I feel confident to be able to do [advocacy] now… because of the work, the learnings we've gained on how to structure a project and where to network and to think about where it will be feasible and to see it materialize." - Saisha

“The fellowship really exceeded my expectations.” - Jennifer Oroilidis

“I have a really clear idea of not just this project, but a future career in advocacy and what it looks like to maintain that across a career for a much longer period of time.” – Jessica Stubbing

“The fellowship has been very helpful because it helped me come up with an idea to start my own project and having the resources which is necessary for developing your own proposal for change.” – Ahmad Nisar

“I feel like I’m a better advocate by 100 times now, thanks to this fellowship and everything i've learned and also being able to network with other people.” – Sahar Vasquez

“Thank you Orygen for this type of tool to help young leaders.” – Labib Tazone Utshab

The Orygen Global Advocacy Youth Fellowship is being led by Orygen, Australia’s centre of excellence in youth mental health, which is expanding its global impact.