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ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2023

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.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CHIAZOR ONWULIRI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2023.

University of Jos | Jos, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 6

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Millennium Fellowship Project: The G.A.M.E initiative ( genetics and mental evaluation initiative)

The genetics and mental evaluation initiative is an organization that seeks to attend to the mental health of children and teens as well as individuals dealing with rare genetic disorders
Aim: to improve the health and living conditions of individuals dealing with mental health and rare genetic disorders
Objective:
1. To assess the mental status of teens
2. To diagnose children with some genetic disorders
3. To improve the health and living conditions of these children
4. To educate the public on mental disorders and genetic disorders
Method

When I embarked on this journey, I was aware of the pressing need to address mental health issues in our society, particularly among our young students. The statistics are alarming, with a growing number of young people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. It became clear that we needed to take action, and that's when my project was born. It is based on the sdg 3(good health for all)

I started by researching, diving deep into the vast ocean of information available on mental health. I educated myself about the different aspects of mental health, from the importance of self-care to understanding the stigma that often surrounds it. The more I learned, the more I realized how vital it was to share this knowledge with our youth.

As I began my journey to educate secondary students about mental health, I encountered a range of challenges. There was resistance, misunderstanding, and even apprehension about discussing such a sensitive topic. But I persisted because I knew that knowledge is the first step to breaking down barriers and eradicating stigma.

I organized a team of individuals passionate about mental health (the GAMErs as we fondly call ourselves). We visited a secondary school ( Baptist model high school Jos) shared our knowledge, and encouraged open conversations about mental health. It was heartwarming to see young minds light up with curiosity and empathy as they began to grasp the importance of this subject.

I believe in the power of storytelling, and I shared my own experiences with mental health challenges. By being vulnerable and authentic, I hoped to inspire students to seek help when needed and support those around them. I wanted to show them that mental health is not something to be ashamed of but a part of being human.

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Through my journey, I've seen remarkable transformations in the lives of these young students. They've become more aware, empathetic, and supportive of each other. They've learned to recognize the signs of mental distress and have the knowledge to seek help when necessary. I also made enquires from their teachers who also verified the massive impact it had on these students.

But the journey is far from over. There is still much work to be done. We must continue to break down the barriers that surround mental health, offer support to those in need, and ensure that our young students are equipped with the tools to navigate the challenges of life.

In conclusion, my journey through this project on mental health and educating secondary students has been a profound and life-changing experience. It has shown me the power of knowledge, empathy, and human connection. It has reinforced my belief that a good mental state is the key to a healthier, more compassionate society.

Let us all commit to this cause, to continue the journey of educating and empowering our young minds. Together, we can create a world where mental health is understood, accepted, and supported by all. Let’s keep playing the GAME!
Thank you

About the Millennium Fellow

I am ONWULIRI CHIAZOR, a pharmacy student at the university of Jos. I am passionate about the mental health and rare genetic disorders impacting our society and means by which these issues can be alleviated. I hope to use this platform to help individuals dealing with this conditions. I intend to further my studies in public health on completion of my degree

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