You can make a difference for mental health - and you're never too young to be involved! We focus on serving youth from age 13 to 24, but as long as your community commits to being student- and youth-friendly, you're also never too old to be involved. Here at L2S, we offer four ways to join our movement.
Note: We are not a crisis center, a replacement for therapy, or mental health professionals. Please visit our "Resources" page if you or anyone you know may have a mental illness.
 
Letters to Strangers chapters are our #1 way of expanding the mission of L2S: to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to affordable, quality treatment. 
Chapters ARE:
  • organized worldwide on school campuses, in communities, as part of religious congregations, etc. 
  • comprised of however many people as the chapter head desires, as long as the overall mission of L2S is not diluted by difficult logistics due to group size
  • places where individuals gather to write and submit anonymous letters according to our guidelines
  • places that collect said letters and send them to headquarters for delivery to partner sites and other chapters
  • places that partake in non-letter-writing L2S campaigns, whether that's fundraising for particular mental health-related causes and/or partner sites, engaging in peer training and counseling workshops, or political lobbying on mental health issues
  • places that may receive L2S services provided by health worker volunteers and headquarters, including workshops for peers on mental health and speeches by mental health activists. However, while partner sites would receive these services for the partner site members, chapters would receive these services to be distributed  to their larger community. That is, chapter members may be provided training to serve as peer counselors more than they would be the recipients of peer counseling.
  • essentially locations with an adequate amount of resources that help provide many of L2S's services for mental health and general wellbeing betterment. 
Chapters are NOT:
  • partner sites. Please see the description below for partner sites to clarify the difference.
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Partner sites are not chapters, so please read through the below description before deciding which type of L2S collaborator your location would best fit as.
Partner Sites ARE:
  • organized worldwide in homeless shelters, women's shelters, refugee camps, orphanages, juvenile prisons, rehabilitation centers, disadvantaged schools, etc. 
  • comprised of however many people as the partner site head desires, as long as the overall mission of L2S is not diluted by difficult logistics due to group size
  • places where individuals gather to write and submit anonymous letters according to our guidelines
  • places that collect said letters and send them to headquarters for delivery to chapters and other partner sites
  • places that receive non-letter L2S services, such as being matched with a local psychologist for monthly group sessions, poetry-reading nights, and fundraisers for the partner site that invoke the site members' creativity
  • essentially locations that experience a lack of resources and could use the services L2S provides for mental health and general wellbeing betterment. 
Partner Sites are NOT:
  • chapters. Please see the description above for chapters to clarify the difference.
  • requested to partake in fundraisers for L2S or political lobbying efforts for mental health, though they are more than welcome to join the effort
  • asked to commit as much time to L2S as chapters are
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Are you a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, social worker, psychiatric counselor, or anyone else involved in the mental health world? We can use your help!
Health Worker Volunteers ARE:
  • located worldwide
  • individual volunteers or volunteers as part of a larger organization
  • asked to provide complimentary or low-cost, quality services fitting their expertise to partner sites on a negotiable schedule (L2S may be able to supplement cost differences on a need-based basis)
  • asked to provide advice and insight into mental health and general wellbeing for L2S, including chapters and partner sites (this may be through leading workshops, giving speeches, or being available as a volunteer expert consultant on mental health issues--especially for updates in legislation and healthcare plans)
Health Worker Volunteers are NOT:
  • promised monetary compensation. L2S will do our best to supplement cost differences if necessary, but as we work with many individuals and groups that lack sufficient resources, we cannot guarantee 100% funding behind every volunteer session
  • requested to partake in fundraisers for L2S or political lobbying efforts for mental health, though they are more than welcome to join the effort
  • asked to commit as much time to L2S as chapters and/or partner sites are
  • asked to write letters or partake in letter exchanges, though they are welcome to
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Want to help, but cannot commit to a chapter/partner site/as a health worker volunteer right now? Don't worry, you can submit a letter still! 
Submitted Letters ARE:
  • accepted worldwide
  • required to read our sample letters and follow L2S guidelines or will be subjected to possible rejection 
  • preferred to be handwritten. Chapters/partner sites may take your letter submission and send it to headquarters for you. However, if you cannot find a chapter/partner site near you, or you cannot submit a handwritten letter for whatever reason, you may submit your letter digitally
Submitted Letters are NOT:
  • compensated for in any way. We cannot pay you for the time you spent on writing the letter, for example, since this is a volunteer activity
  • opportunities for exploitation or trolling. We review each and every letter we receive to make sure they do not violate our guidelines, but save us the time and just remember that real human beings will be reading your letter(s). Treat others the way you want to be treated. :) 
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