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Challenge winners unveiled to develop mental health solutions for diverse youth

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Google recently hosted the latest round of the John E. Martin Mental health challengein which student teams from all over the US competed for a total of $25,000 in prizes.

The teams, made up of graduate students and business leaders, presented strategic programs and solutions to address specific mental health issues faced by vulnerable and underserved adolescents in a culturally responsive manner.

National resilience”, this year’s winning group developed a program that promotes resilience for transadolescents in rural areas.

Through this initiative, called “YOU ALL”, which takes a bottom-up, multifaceted approach, uses digital technology and rotating in-person neighborhood events to spark joy among the trans community and reach youth before mental health crises.

Y’ALL member Julia Cohen stated:

Our team was honored to be part of the John E. Martin Mental Healthcare Challenge and is grateful to the other teams who have proposed creative solutions to improve the mental health of rural youth.

This year’s programming focused on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Among the organizations that attended various events, symposia and workshops aimed at building equitable, inclusive, effective and sustainable mental health products and services, the following stood out:

  • The University of Texas
  • Florida International University
  • California State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Florida A&M University
  • Winston Salem State University

“The day was filled with inspirational and influential speakers who pushed our thinking in various areas of mental health equity. We are so excited that the judges recognized the importance and potential impact of Y’ALL,” added Cohen .

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After the tragic loss of his father in a car accident in 2013, UC Berkeley alumnus and Googler Michael Martin founded the John E. Martin Fellowship to celebrate his father’s passion and dedication to mentoring and supporting veterans who return home a war.

In his quest to create diversity, equity, and inclusion outreach programs to scale efforts aimed at improving the quality of and access to mental health care, he also founded the John E. Martin in 2020 Mental Healthcare Challenge.

“All participants in this year’s John E. Martin Mental Healthcare Challenge embodied the best that humanity has to offer. They worked together. They listened. They learned. They are committed to defending their mental health and the mental health of others. I came away from the event inspired and hopeful for the future,” stressed Martin.

In the first round of the competition, student teams developed strategies and solutions that addressed the mental health needs of urban youth.

The 6 finalist teams personally presented to a jury their ideas and solutions to address the mental health needs of disadvantaged youth in rural areas.

“Enabling better and more equitable access to mental health care is a critical issue. I am excited to see students working with business leaders to address this, and I am incredibly proud of our Haas student team for embracing Berkeley Haas’ commitment to inclusion and innovation,” said Ann Harrison, dean of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

For her part, Dra. Sohini Stone, Google’s Chief Medical Officer for Global Employee Health, emphasized, “As an ecosystem, we continue to shift the conversation from talking about mental illness to a holistic approach that considers mental health from prevention through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.”

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