GII Challenges


In the past nine years the Challenge Topics have been: Plastic Waste Management, Food Security and Zero Hunger, Sustainable Energy Access for All, Financial Inclusion in India, Scaling the Aravind Eye Institute program, distribution of Sprinkles micronutrient packets, reinventing the toilet, and birth registration.

2019-2020 Challenge Topic:  Mental Health & Well-Being: Suicide prevention for the hard to reach

This year the Global Ideas Institute (GII) challenge focuses on the issue of Mental Health & Well-Being: Youth Suicide Prevention for the Hard-to-Reach in Canada. In both Canada and around the globe, suicide is also a major challenge affecting young people — according to the World Health Organization, it is the leading health-related cause of death for people aged 15-29and one of the leading causes of preventable death globally. As such, it becomes important to ask how leaders and change-makers in local and global communities can act to prevent suicide and improve the safety and well-being of those around them.

Throughout the program, GII students are encouraged to look at what governments, businesses and individuals can achieve in order to help prevent suicide and improve community mental health and well-being. Students are encouraged to develop innovative technical, policy, education and/or socioeconomic interventions to tackle issues related to suicide prevention and mental health and well being. A range of experts, world-leading research, and detailed case studies will be provided to inform participants’ thinking about this topic throughout the GII program year. Learn more about this year’s challenge.

Previous Challenges:

Past Participants:

  • Bayview Glen
  • Bishop Marrocco/ Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School and Regional Arts Centre
  • Bloor Collegiate Institute
  • Branksome Hall
  • Etobicoke Collegiate Institute
  • Etobicoke School of the Arts
  • Harbord Collegiate Institute
  • Havergal College
  • Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
  • Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School
  • Malvern Collegiate Institute
  • Marc Garneau
  • Michael Power | St Joseph High School
  • Northern Secondary School
  • North Park Secondary School
  • North Toronto Collegiate Institute
  • Pickering College
  • Pickering High School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic High School
  • Sandalwood Heights Secondary School
  • St Clement’s School
  • Stephen Lewis Secondary School
  • St Michael’s Choir
  • The York School
  • Upper Canada College
  • University of Toronto Schools
  • Victoria Park
  • Woodbridge College
  • York School

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