Project LETS (www.LetsEraseTheStigma.com) is a non-profit organization working on a local and national level to support and ensure the civil rights of mentally ill folks (or folks whose experiences are often classified as mental illness) through peer-led communities, advocacy efforts, and political change.
We also aim to provide real information, provided by individuals suffering with the disorders. We hate laundry-lists of clinical symptoms that don’t actually tell you anything about how your life will be affected.
We have many programs, but our core is long-term Peer Support. We run a Peer Crisis Line, and have Peer Mental Health Advocates (PMHAs) who are trained to work one-on-one with individuals who are struggling with their mental health. We work with individuals every day who can't seek treatment due to insurance or lack thereof, financial limitations, family issues, stigma, geographic location, inaccessibility, cultural differences, and many other barriers. Our PMHAs work with individuals to:
- Create a personalized safety/relapse prevention plan
- Reminders regarding medication and appointments
- Cultivates their peers’ ability to make informed, independent choices
- Helps their peers identify and build on their strengths
- Access help/resources + learn how to interact with the healthcare system.
- Answer questions about mental illness to develop confidence and reduce stress
- Provide support in times of struggle and crisis
- Provide information relating to coping mechanisms and how to maintain recovery.
- Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
- Assists their peers in gaining information and support from the community to make their goals a reality
People of color have high disparity rates when it comes to mental illness, for a variety of reasons (including: societal stigma, barriers to healthcare, insurance, family stigma, professional stigma, cultural differences, etc.) Our PMHAs work in confidence with individuals who are like them, culturally, ethnically, etc. to support them in the best way possible during their experience with a mental illness.
Our training exists in online modules, and you will be given the skills and tools needed to work with at-risk individuals, or those struggling significantly with their mental health.
You can learn more about our PMHA program, here: http://www.letserasethestigma.com/peer-counseling/.
- Mental Health
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Crisis Intervention
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 3-6 hours a week