Did you know that 450 million people worldwide currently suffer from a mental illness? That number may be astounding, but you have the power to help. 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!

"I've picked myself up before, and I'll do it again."

Letters to Strangers partnered with some members of the Screen Actors Guild of New York to create a short film series where actors read aloud letters submitted by young people with mental health concerns around the world. Please take a few minutes to listen to & share a stranger's story - you just might be surprised by how much it resonates with your soul.

Quick run-down

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 sessions!

C. Advocate for & introduce mental health-friendly policy changes



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!


Please note that this is not a form for letter submissions. To submit a letter, visit our page here.

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A Huge Thank You To...
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Nicholas Naylor-Leyland

Paul G. Haaga, Jr.

& other amazing people!