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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. 44,000+ student leaders from 3,300+ campuses across 170+ nations applied to join the Class of 2023. 260+ campuses worldwide (just 9%) in 38 countries were selected to host 4,000+ Millennium Fellows for the Class of 2023.



University of Calabar | Calabar, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 2


Millennium Fellowship Project: Hope Ascending Project

Hope Ascending: A Campaign for Mental Health Among University Students


Hope Ascending is a transformative campaign dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and support among university students. Focused on Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) - Good Health and Well-being, the project endeavors to address prevalent mental health issues, such as depression and low self-esteem, faced by students on a daily basis.

Background and Rationale:

University life often brings with it a myriad of challenges, including academic stress, societal expectations, and the pressures of personal growth. Recognizing these challenges, Hope Ascending aims to be a beacon of positivity, hope, and optimism for young individuals navigating the complex landscape of higher education. By focusing on mental health, the campaign aligns with SDG 3, which strives to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Collaboration with StiltNG:

In collaboration with StiltNG, Hope Ascending took to the streets in a walk for mental health. This strategic partnership allowed the campaign to extend its reach and impact. Walking through student areas, the team engaged with the university community, sharing not only awareness but also offering tangible support through thoughtful notes, hugs, and the provision of contacts for psychiatrists and mental health experts.

Community Engagement and Awareness:

The campaign's primary objective is to create a supportive environment for university students to openly express their mental health concerns. By initiating conversations during the walk for mental health, Hope Ascending has successfully broken the silence surrounding mental health issues. Through engaging discussions, students were encouraged to share their experiences, fostering a sense of community and understanding.

Providing a Voice of Support:

One of the key components of Hope Ascending is to be a voice of support for students facing mental health challenges. The campaign recognizes the importance of providing a platform for expression, acknowledging that open dialogue is essential for breaking down stigma and fostering an environment where seeking help is not only accepted but encouraged. By doing so, the project aligns with SDG 3's broader aim of promoting mental well-being and reducing the global burden of mental health issues.

Impact Assessment:

The impact of Hope Ascending on the university community has been profound. The campaign has initiated a cultural shift, where discussions around mental health are becoming normalized. Through the distribution of informative materials and contacts for mental health professionals, students are now more aware of available resources and avenues for seeking help.

Moreover, the campaign has contributed to reducing the isolation often felt by individuals struggling with mental health issues. By fostering a sense of community, Hope Ascending has become a support network for students, providing encouragement and understanding.

SDG 3 Alignment:

Hope Ascending directly contributes to the achievement of SDG 3 by promoting mental well-being, reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues, and ensuring access to support services. By addressing the specific mental health challenges faced by university students, the campaign aligns with the SDG 3 target of reducing the global burden of mental health disorders.


In conclusion, Hope Ascending has emerged as a powerful force for positive change within the university community. Through collaborative efforts, impactful initiatives, and a commitment to destigmatizing mental health, the campaign has not only aligned with SDG 3 but has also left a lasting impression on the lives of those it seeks to support. As we continue this journey, the ripple effects of Hope Ascending are poised to create a more mentally resilient and supportive university environment for current and future generations.

About the Millennium Fellow

Chioma Oganiru is a dedicated student at the University of Calabar, pursuing a degree in Social Work. With a fervent passion for the mental health and overall well-being of young individuals, she stands as a resolute advocate in this field. Through her MCN Fellowship project, Chioma directs her focus towards empowering and uplifting young lives. Leveraging her expertise as a social worker, she aspires to make a positive impact, fostering mental health awareness and support among the youth. Chioma's journey is marked by a profound commitment to promoting wellness and offering compassionate guidance to those she serves.

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