‘Challenge Success’ Holds Event for Youth Mental Health Awareness


Vincent Pham

Challenge Success held an online panel discussion on Nov. 10, featuring three experts to provide students with resources and information to deal with stress, depression, and anxiety. Challenge Success is a non-profit organization partnered with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education.

The organization aims to transform students’ school experience and help prepare them for the opportunities and challenges they’ll encounter as an adult. Challenge Success focuses on providing schools and families with effective strategies to support student well-being and learning. “I will present on the importance of preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral problems and share a couple of online tools available to children, youth, and anyone interested in ways to deal with stress and distress,” Professor of Clinical Psychology and event speaker Ricardo Muñoz said

The event was free and available to the public through a partnership with Stanford and the U.S. Surgeon General. The Challenge Success organization feels that too many students exclusively associate success with good grades and college acceptance. According to their nationwide survey, 95% of students are sleep deprived, and 62% cite workload as a major source of stress. (student quote). The organization’s solution is to embrace a broader definition of success by valuing students by their own interests, talents, and interpretations of success. “Success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester,” Challenge Success Co-founder Denise Pope said.