Did you know that 1 in 8 people worldwide have a mental illness? That number may be astounding, but you have the power to do something. All you need is a piece of paper and something to write with to start, but don't stop there. Join us in our youth mental health movement. Tell your story. Mental health matters, so let's do something about it!
Mental Health & Intersectionalities: a Series
Letters to Strangers took our best-selling, experts-raving World's First Youth-for-Youth Mental Health Guidebook and turned some key sections of it into YouTube episodes. Watch now for a dive into race, ethnicity, youth, and mental health, particularly in the context of U.S. history but also featuring concerns and legacies felt by many around the world. As always - written and produced entirely by youth; expert/professional-reviewed and approved. (First season - 7 episodes - now complete!)
Write a Letter
1. Read our sample letters
2. Take time to reflect
3. Write* to a stranger, submit digitally here, and receive a letter back!
*make sure you follow the guidelines here
Exchange in a Peer Environment
Either as part of a chapter or as a partner site, you can conduct exchanges using our custom-designed, therapy-informed letter-exchange program - complete with safety guidelines, writing themes, and peer discussion prompts.
Start a Chapter & Advocate!
Some of the many things our chapters do:
A. Host peer-to-peer letter-writing exchanges and discussions
B. Plan peer training/education resources
C. Advocate for & introduce mental health-friendly policy changes
YOU HAVE THE POWER.
You can help us destigmatize mental illness and make affordable, quality treatment possible. Every voice matters, so let's make sure yours is heard!
So: Have a question? Want to share a story? Need to help out? Read our FAQ, contact us, and we'll get back to you soon. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts!
A Huge Thank You To...
Paul G. Haaga, Jr.
& other amazing people!