• August 9, 2020 at 7:43 pm #2690
    Maurice Ligon II

    Delay of Assignment 3

    We are so sorry for the long delay that you just went through. This is the first time ever in Kectil history that we introduce the topic of Mental Health. We think that it is extremely important that the mental health of youth is taken care of thoroughly, especially during this unusual time. We decided to take extra time to make sure Assignment 3 will be delivered the best quality and get experienced Youth Mentors involved to provide extra input. A big thank you to Youth Mentors Keaton Harris and Thamsanqa Hoza for being of great help. Thamsanqa Hoza (also known as Thami) is a Cape Town based entrepreneur and Founder of Hot Nozzle. He is passionate about infrastructure, technology and people. He looks to change the African innovative landscape. Keaton Harris is currently a Medical Student at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town. He combines his expertise of his study field and in-depth passion for influencing leaders of tomorrow by co-founding a global start-up called InforMED Global that focuses on breaking language barriers in healthcare. The insights given by them contribute a lot to our assignment 3.

    Posting of Assignment 2 Submissions on Kectil Colleagues Website

    Great job submitting Assignment 2! The submissions are impressive! We have posted the Assignment 2 submissions on the Kectil Colleagues website. We hope you have taken time to visit the website and review the submissions made by your peers from so many countries. They will give you great insights on Social Media & Branding as individuals who are more acquainted with the digital and online era, and will also allow you to compare what you submitted with the submission of other colleagues.

    Please feel free to write to us and share what you think; also you can let us know Colleagues who did well in their assignments! We will be expecting to hear from you!

    Global Awards

    As we announced earlier, we will be recognizing the  best Assignment Submissions during the Global Awards. We started the process by selecting the best submissions from each regional group and from the nominated list, we will finalize the Award Winners!

    Please stay tuned, as we are close to making the big announcement. Kectil will highlight the final winners on our website, social media and emails so they will have a chance to gain more online exposure. The awardees will be given certificates to recognize their amazing work as well.

    We encourage you to do the best you can in your assignments so that you can win one of the monthly Global Awards! We also keep names of Regional nominees in our database. Being either a Regional nominee or Global Award Winner will add you points to your overall Kectil performance evaluation.

    Assignment 3 Deadline and Requirements

    Kectil is now pleased to release Assignment 3: Mental Health Management. A sensitive topic that is affecting youth especially those whose countries have placed a lockdown during this global pandemic. This is the first year we introduce this new model. We have planned for the topic Youth Mental Health since 2019, and would be glad that it is finally out to you now.

    Assignment No.3 will be due Monday, September 10th, 2020. You can submit your assignment at any time prior to or on the deadline. We will not accept late submissions unless you have asked for an extension in advance of the deadline with a good reason which we will have approved in advance. Leaders meet their deadlines! If you need an extension, please send an email to with an explanation of the good cause for the extension.

    Your assignment should be submitted to Please use Word, not PDF, to submit your assignment and make sure you send it to the right email.

    At the top of your assignment, please type your name and country.



    Mental health is generally termed as a state of emotional, psychological and social well-being. It is a pertinent concern in the world we live in. Mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, affect millions of people worldwide. They impose an enormous global disease burden that leads to premature mortality and affects functioning and quality of life. This year, for the first time in our generation’s existence, we are experiencing a global pandemic. This pandemic has curtailed and continues to threaten many aspects of our lives as youth right from our education to our social life to our ambitions and even our potential employment opportunities. Now, more than ever, youth mental health is a fundamental concern. For us the organizers of The Kectil Program, it is even more crucial as we have more than 700 young leaders-in-training during our 2020 cohort.

    Further, in many countries across the globe, the lockdowns and the cessation of movement orders during this pandemic have continued to heighten anxiety and strain to the mental health of youth. It is also affecting those who already have pre-diagnosed mental conditions, causing the exacerbation of their conditions. Although it affects youth, we cannot discount how parents, teachers and healthcare workers are also struggling with mental health. Even in the countries where there are relaxed measures, mental health of youth is still a concern as some youth have lost their jobs, others have lost their family members and friends and others are experiencing financial difficulties.

    According to the World Health Organization, about 800,000 people die every year due to mental health issues. Given the current state of affairs, this number is set to rise and the youth are at the epicentre of these figures. However, there is a silver lining as youth across the globe are not letting this pandemic define their mental health and are championing for mental health in their countries. In Kenya for instance, a global mental health champion called Nadia Abdalla started the “Kenya is me” series to encourage youth to spread positivity and shares tips on how to look after one’s mental health during this period. In the same vein, the United Nations Envoy on Youth initiated a coping with COVID webinar series that is focused on providing youth with a platform to exchange ideas and deal with their mental health together.

    We would like to hear your thoughts on this.

    1. We attach three articles for you to read: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

    ·       Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 (World Health Organization) 
    ·       Mental Health – Our World in Data (Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser, April 2018)
    ·       United Nations Report on Mental Health

    2. Please write a short paragraph of fewer than 300 words on your definition of mental health from a youth’s perspective. How has it made you feel about the concept of mental health? Have you experienced mental health challenges in your past or do you know of someone who has or is ongoing mental health management challenges? Tell us their story (you may be anonymous or use fictional characters, we respect our privacy and of those around you). How was this managed, if at all?

    3. In your opinion, is mental health management necessary in society? What are the signs and symptoms that someone is experiencing mental health challenges? Do you believe that these signs and symptoms are more common in their communities or are they seen as the typical signs and symptoms of mental health worldwide? Why?

    4. The common statement is that mental health management especially among youth is a developed world problem and not an issue that affects developing countries. Is this true or false? Please provide an explanation and possible examples.

    5. What do you think are the main reasons for Mental Health issues among youth in developing and least developed countries? Do you think the issues are less or more severe than in developing countries?

    6. Please refer to assignment 2: Social Media and Personal Banding. We posted a study by Dr. Primack and colleagues in 2014-2016 at the University of Pittsburgh, the study found that there is a significant, linear relationship between social media use and depression, measured either as total time or frequency of visits. Do you think social media has an impact on Youth Mental Health? How are your community leaders dealing with it?

    7. Is there decent access to mental care for youth in your country? Do you think youth seek the help of mental care officers first when they have mental health issues? Are the officers being active in helping the youth?

    8. Please write a paragraph of 400 words or less on whether your government is taking into account mental health management. Give suggestions on what changes you as a youth would advocate for. List a few steps you are willing to undertake as a youth to fight for change in terms of mental health.

    9. Highlight a role model in your life who was battling with mental health and is a survivor. Explain in depth what makes this individual unique to you as a youth. Tell us their story on how they overcame mental health and the lessons you derived from their history.



    Assemble 4-6 of your peers between the ages 18-26 for a discussion session that you lead on the effect of social media on youth in your country. Although the lockdown order may have been relaxed in some countries, we do not want any of you to risk your health. Please do not organize face-to-face panel discussions. We highly recommend you to do online meetings on Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or alternative channels convenient for you.

    Discuss the following and submit a short report of the outcome.

    1. Ask your panelists about their view on mental health. Have any of them personally experienced Mental Health Issues or know anyone who went through the same and recovered? What are the lessons from these stories?

    2. Lead a discussion on the most common mental health issues among the youth in your country.

    3. Do your panelists think youth have equal and enough access to mental health care services? What are hindrances for a youth in your country from access to this service?

    4. Do they feel as though they receive mental health services as frequently? Should youth find their own way to overcome mental health challenges or should they lean to external services? Give options on the type of services that can be offered.

    5. What are their suggestions to Kectil on raising awareness and educating the youth on the topic Mental Health? What do you think you as a Kectil Colleague can do to combat Mental Health in your communities?

    6. Briefly introduce the actionable points derived from the Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 (World Health Organization). Do your panelists think the plan is feasible? What has been accomplished this far?


    Your Kectil submission should reflect your thoughts and not be copied from another source. Plagiarism is a violation of the Kectil Code. Over the past few years, we have received several submissions that were whole scale taken from another source. If you want to quote a source, that is fine, but the source must be identified with enough detail that someone else can find the source. In addition, only small aspects of your submission should come from another source. For example, if you are describing a speech, of course it is fine to quote the speech. If you want to use reference material or a review article, cite it as your source. There are software programs that can be run to identify plagiarized material. If we receive a submission that looks like it was not written by the submitter, we can easily check it with the software program that teachers use. We do not expect any of our talented Kectil Colleagues to intentionally plagiarize material. We just want you to be aware of what the rules are.

    We can’t wait to receive your submissions! We will post every submission on the Kectil Colleagues website so don’t miss out! Let the Colleagues hear from you and also learn from what they have to say. And work toward receiving one of the monthly Kectil Assignment Awards for your region!


    Sherry Knowles

    Founder and Executive Director

    The Kectil Program

    The Malmar Knowles Family Foundation


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