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Global Hope Challenge: #OneThing for #Hope

Help inspire others by sharing the #OneThing for #Hope you turn to when feeling hopeless, anxious, depressed or stressed in this world. Read Overview...

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The Challenge:

Help others create, maintain, and sustain hope by creating a 30 second video or written summary of what YOU do in your darkest hour to get through that period of hopelessness and work to get back to a hopeful state of mind. Is it music? A friend? Deep breathing? Or something else? Share with the world so when they need some inspiration, they can use your technique to find their strength to hold on for brighter days. As those brighter days always do come.

And then engage with the community to vote on the messages, lifting up the ones you find most helpful and inspirational. What tips and techniques from what others are doing might work for you? Tag your friends, family, celebrities, or others that you want to hear from - what is their OneThing for Hope? Let's learn from each other about Hope.

We are giving monetary prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, based on votes by the community. Entries are due May 31, 2018 11:59 pm PST. Voting occurs in June 1-10, with current contest videos displayed at the 5th Annual Global Mental Health Movement Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa February 8th and 9th and winning videos displayed at Mental Health America's contest June 15th. Entries are encouraged from around the world, so share far and wide using both: #OneThing #Hope


Why Hope?

Hopelessness is the primary predictor of suicide, and the number one symptom of depression, so we need to grow the opposite if we want to tackle this issue. Research suggests hope is a teachable skill you can create and build, like a muscle. And with suicide and depression growing at alarming rates, with 36% of girls in the US alone self-reporting depression prior to graduating high school, suicide now the leading cause of death for 15-19 year old girls, the time is now to amplify the message of Hope. 

We are so grateful to Jack.org's team for providing video ambassadors for our challenge video. A special thanks and shout out to Kimberly Rutledge, Emily Ower, Alexis Lahorra, and Jessica Fazio for their courageous work to share their message of #OneThing for #Hope. It is through their leadership and determination to shine a light on this important topic that we can and will work together to end stigma and get support to those in need.

We ALL must have #OneThing for #Hope when the world is getting us down. Each and every one of us. What is your one thing? Share your message and join our campaign to start making a positive impact today.




International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) is a 501c3 working to shine a positive light on depression and eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. Its goal is to ensure 100% of the 350 million people affected by depression seek and receive treatment. iFred is creating a shift in society’s negative perception of depression through positive imagery and branding—establishing the sunflower and color yellow as the international symbols of hope for depression, engaging with individuals and organizations to execute high-impact and effective campaigns that educate the public about support and treatment for depression, and teaching on the biology of the brain. iFred's Hopeful Minds program, a free online curriculum that teaches hope as a skill, was featured at the World Bank, The Kennedy Forum, and International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.


Jack.org trains and empowers young leaders who are revolutionizing mental health in Canada. Through Jack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack Summits, young leaders identify and break down barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack.org is working towards a Canada where young people are comfortable talking about mental health, and those that need support get the help they deserve. With a national network of 2,500 young leaders, they're only just getting started.


Our Sponsor:

The Mood Factory

Our mission is simple: To Improve Moods. Our sensory engaging products are developed based on research on how scents impact moods, to improve your well-being. We are out of the present moment 50% of the time, and by simply getting present we can have a significant impact on our Happiness. Using your senses is one of the easiest ways to get in to the present moment and fastest ways to feel better to lead a happier, healthier, more engaged life. Learn more about how achieving presence through sensory engagement can improve your mood at The Mood Factory.

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New Entry Deadline: May 31st

Jan. 25, 2018, 9:01 a.m. PST by iFred

Hi all,

We have made the new entry deadline May 31st, so we capture the Mental Health Month of May to drive support. We plan to showcase some of the current entries at the Global Mental Health Movement Conference in South Africa to give you some encouragement and gratitude for your message, and share it with the world!

We plan to vote June 1-10, and then showcase the winning videos at Mental Health America's conference June 14-16.

Thanks so much for your participation and support!

In Gratitude,

Team iFred

New timeline, help us with hope!

Jan. 21, 2018, 6:11 a.m. PST by iFred

Hi all,

We think we need to extend the deadline - surely more than 20 people around the world find ways to generate hope! We would LOVE your ideas on how to expand the campaign, and encourage more to participate?

We are looking to expand a few months, vote in May and announce in June?

Thanks SO MUCH for your brilliance, support, and encouragement of our work!!

In Gratitude,

Team HOPE!!!

16 days till voting!!! Share your #OneThing for #Hope with friends and family and encourage them to enter the Challenge!

Jan. 14, 2018, 9:25 a.m. PST by iFred

Dear All,

Thank you for all the amazing submissions, we are beyond excited about your ways of finding hope, your tools and strategies :) 

We have 16 days left before voting and we would love to involve more individuals from all over the world, who want to share their #OneThing for #Hope. 

Please consider sharing your video or post on your social media channel(s), tag your friends and family members as well as celebrities and influencers! Help us raise awareness about the Global Hope Challenge in your community!

Thank you so much for all your support and for helping us spread hope!

In Gratitude,

Team iFred




Hopeful New Year! Challenge extended through January 31st

Dec. 30, 2017, 2:53 p.m. PST by iFred

Hi all you amazing participants,


Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season! Due to the holiday 'busyness', we have decided to shorten the voting period and increase the competition through the end of January. That ensures each and every person gets a chance to enter their #OneThing for #Hope in the New Year. So please check up the updated timeline for deadlines.


Please consider sharing your entry on your social media channel, and tagging a few friends, celebrities, or family members that you want to challenge to find their One Thing for Hope. Let's move in to 2018 with a super Hopeful outlook.


If you haven't already, be sure to check out our new Hopeful Minds website as well. Learn about creating a Hopeful Mindset, and use the skills in to 2018 no matter what life brings.


Thanks, as always, for your support! Happiest and most Hopefuls of New Years, ever!!


In Gratitude,



Almost 2 weeks left to enter

Dec. 29, 2017, 7:34 a.m. PST by iFred

Hi all,


We are getting down to the count, and we need to spread more hope! Enter today, and be sure to ask your favorite celebrity or social media influencer to join as well. Our goal is to spread as MUCH Hope as possible, and to do that we really need your support.


We are absolutely loving the entries, and so appreciate all you do to make the world a better place. Keep up the good work, keep shining your light, and remember: NEVER GIVE UP! You just never ever know what is right around the corner.


Let's make 2018 our best year yet.


In Gratitude,


Team iFred

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