This May GSWCF joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many people, especially our girls experience. In the United States, major depression among teen girls increased significantly from 2011 (12%) to 2017 (20%) and half of all mental health conditions start by age 14, but most go undetected and as a result are untreated.1
According to GSUSA’s study Girls Speak Out About Mental Health that Girl
Scouts are deeply concerned about the stress, anxiety, depression, and
other mental health issues that they and their peers are
experiencing—and they’re asking adults to take notice.
This has led us to take action and focus on giving tools to prioritize mental health wellness and acknowledge that mental health issues matter. Our hope is that these resources will empower our Girl Scouts and others to advocate for their own mental wellness and bring a deeper understanding, increase awareness, and erase stigmas around mental health.
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Mental Health Resources:
- Mental Health Matters patch program (coming soon!)
- I am a “B5” patch program
- Mental Health Awareness patch program
- Raising Awesome Girls by Girl Scouts USA, Help Her Be Happy and Healthy
- Blog: Breaking stigma of mental health is goal of Gold Award Girl Scout
- National Alliance on Mental Health
- National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Resources from Girl Scout Gold Award Projects:
- Danielle K. – Deep
Breaths- created an app to
help students with anxiety
- Angelica P. – Melodic Medicine – created a video
for nursing home residents to enjoy music to help their state of
mind and create happiness
- Grace H. – Making your
troop Accessible- focuses on making troops more accessible for
- Emily D. – Post Your
Secret encourages people to find their voice and use it. Emily
noticed some people are afraid to share their opinions, but she
recognizes there is power in expressing your thoughts. Emily created
a program that will live on through the art department at her
school. It encourages people to decorate an anonymous postcard
containing a secret. The postcards are then hung around the library.
Emily’s goal is to spark conversation among people when they read
the anonymous secrets because that’s where the greatest changes
1Girl Scout Research Institute (2020). Girls Speak Out About Mental Health.