2021 Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

Deadline: March 28, 2021.

The Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship is a six-month virtual program for 10 young people from across the globe who are passionate about youth mental health and want to create change in the mental health landscape of their country.

The fellowship has been established to build the capacity, skills and voices of young people to create positive change in mental health awareness, policy and systems reform.


1. Education and training modules: The education modules are a core part of the fellowship and will be the platform to develop knowledge and insights for mental health advocacy. Fellows will learn nuances of developing a proposal for change, sharing lived experience of mental ill-health, and creating sustainable change. Each of the five education modules will be composed of lectures, panel discussions and/or practical workshops. These may be live or pre-recorded lectures. 

2. Mentoring: Mentoring will be used as a space for fellows to develop skills and expertise tailored to each fellow’s learning needs. These skills and expertise will help to equip the fellow with the resources and networks to enact their proposal for change. Mentoring will involve the fellow and mentor meeting monthly and is designed to be dynamic, personal and informal. 

3. Peer support: Peer-to-peer support is an invaluable opportunity for the fellows to provide each other with strategic and emotional support. Fellows from diverse backgrounds and geographical areas will be paired together and will meet monthly.

4. Contact with leaders in global youth mental health: Beyond the impact of implementing their own proposal for change, fellows will be able to network with leaders in youth mental health from all around the world.

5. Contribution: One component of the fellowship will be experiential learning, which allows fellows to engage with the established work of Orygen.


They would love to hear from you if you:

  • are aged 17-30-years-old (at the time of application)
  • self-identify as having lived experience of mental ill-health personally or through family members or friends; or have a specific interest or skill in youth mental health.
  • are from anywhere in the world. We are especially keen to hear from people in low and middle- income countries.
  • you are able to challenge and offer suggestions for developing and implementing a variety of projects.
  • have a clearly defined problem related to youth mental health you wish to address, a viable advocacy idea as to how you might approach it and the background and motivation needed to go forward.
  • you have permission from your parent/guardian to participate in the fellowship if you are under 18 years old.


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