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The Purple Hydrangea Project Aims to Spread Awareness on Mental Health

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

High School Seniors, Saavarni Chilukuri and Michelle Siu spent this past summer working and gaining skills on The Purple Hydrangea Project. The student-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit fights to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. Their mission is to promote equity in youth mental health support and foster an environment of understanding in which everyone feels comfortable reaching out for help without fear of being judged, ignored, or shunned.

Saavarni Chilukuri and Michelle Siu became very passionate about speaking out on mental health and wanted to share it with the community of Walnut by bringing the chapter to Walnut High School. The Walnut Chapter’s mission is to carry out similar and new projects in a community-based outlet. As high school students, they understand that dealing with the pressures of school and other personal issues can take a toll on one’s mental health, especially with Walnut High School being known for its academically excellent, yet competitive atmosphere. With this new club, they hope to be more connected with their peers, promote positivity, create a safer environment, and contribute to the community with their in-progress projects.

The Purple Hydrangea Project offers internships and staff positions, allowing students to be a part of an important cause and promoting self-growth. Students are constantly working to obtain this ambition by carrying out outreach projects, hosting webinars, inviting guest speakers, and much more. Learn how you can volunteer by contacting Saavarni and/or Michelle at their email address provided below.