By Jim Virtel
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation would like your ideas to help people affected by mental illness. They’re offering a substantial monetary prize for the best idea. Anisha Imhoff-Kerr’s message is below:
For far too long, mental illness has been stigmatized and those
stigmas have served as a barrier to innovation. Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation’s “Rethinking Mental Health” competition offers an
opportunity for new ideas outside the traditional structures to
What can you do to participate? Simply go to
https://www.changemakers.com/en-us/mentalhealth to do any of the
1. Comment on entries from others like you who are deeply concerned
about this very important issue and want to get involved.
2. Enter the competition and share your own idea for improving mental health.
3. Nominate an inspired idea or project.
Please note that you will have to create an account on the
Changemakers website, but it is free to do so and will only take a
minute of your time.
Entries and comments can be submitted until October 14th. A panel of
judges will then select 10 ideas that the Changemakers community will
vote on to select the top three. The Changemakers collaborative
competition winners-the three finalists that receive the most
votes-will be announced on December 16, 2009 and will each receive a
cash prize of USD $5,000. As important as the three winners, however,
is the dialogue that occurs about mental health and that as many great
minds as possible come to the table with fresh thinking and new
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