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About Us

Welcome to the One Life Project's National Center For Advocacy, a haven dedicated to fostering positive change and championing the causes that matter most to us, including mental health, suicide prevention, and bullying. At our center, we are driven by a passion for justice, equality, and empowerment for all and we work to ensure that all young people are treated fairly. We strive to create a supportive community that advocates for mental health awareness, social justice, and meaningful societal transformation. Through education, engagement, and collaborative initiatives, we aim to break stigmas, amplify voices, and ignite conversations that inspire change. We're also key supporters in activism and advocacy for human rights and LGBTQ+ youth. Join us on this journey of advocacy, where every voice has the power to make a difference, and together, we can build a brighter and more inclusive future for all people.

Break the Silence, Embrace the Mind: Mental Health Matters Every Time.™

A Better Tomorrow

What is mental health advocacy?

Mental health advocacy involves efforts to promote awareness, understanding, and positive change in the realm of mental health. Advocates work to eliminate stigma, improve access to mental health services, and influence policies that support individuals facing mental health challenges with local and national politicians. The overarching goal is to create a more compassionate and inclusive society where mental health is prioritized, and individuals feel empowered to seek help without fear of judgment or discrimination.

 

One Life Project's mental health advocacy program takes place in various forms, including public awareness campaigns, community engagement, lobbying for policy changes, and supporting initiatives that promote mental well-being.

Volunteers and staffs often collaborate with mental health organizations, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to address systemic issues, reduce barriers to mental health care, and enhance the overall mental health landscape. We also partner with various organizations and individuals each year to promote positive mental health and advocacte for those who need help.

Advocating for LGBTQIA+ Individuals

The One Life Project's Center For Advocacy works with our Human Rights and LGBTQ+ Education Teams to help promote LGBTQ advocacy efforts across the communities we serve. Our center works to support LGBTQ+ and other marginalized youth by promoting the rights, visibility, and well-being of LGBTQ+ and other individuals. Advocates work towards achieving equality, fighting discrimination, and fostering an inclusive society that recognizes and respects diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

 

The goals of human rights advocacy encompass various aspects, including legal rights, anti-discrimination policies, healthcare access, educational inclusivity, and social acceptance for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or disability. We aspire to assure that all youth have a safe place where they can feel and be themselves without fear of judgement.

 

The One Life Project partners with and collaborates with LGBTQ organizations, allies, and policymakers throughout the year, as advocates strive to bring about positive societal change, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live free from discrimination and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.

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Advocate for Others: Amplify Voices, Ignite Change, And Be the Catalyst for Compassion.

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How do we advocate for people?

Advocating for mental health, LGBTQ+ individuals, and various other topics is necessary to enact change. Advocacy and activism requires various actions that collectively contribute to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and promoting positive change.

The most important thing to remember about advocacy is that small actions can have a significant impact, and collectively, the efforts of individuals can contribute to a more compassionate and supportive environment for mental health. Even one person can make a massive impact in the worlds of mental health, equality, and LGBTQ+ acceptance. Be sharing a social media event, attending an event, volunteering for an organization, or by researching and educating yourself, you are making steps to better understand and promote positivity for others. That's an important first step in advocating for others.

The One Life Project's Center For Advocacy works to support, advocate for, and educate individuals, groups, and schools in various ways. Through social media, a helpline, hosting hundreds of events each year, support groups, and various other things, we're able to advocate for and support millions of individuals each year.

One Life Project National Helpline

The One Life Project will begin operating a national non-emergency helpline service in March, 2024. The One Life Project's National Helpline for Mental Health Advocacy will be a beacon of support, understanding, and empowerment for individuals across the country and further.

 

The One Life Project's national non-emergency helpline is a supportive lifeline for those navigating the complexities of mental health challenges, providing a compassionate space where every voice is heard and every individual is valued. Whether you are seeking guidance, struggling with your mental health and just need someone to talk to, or are looking for information on advocating for someone else, our team of advocacy volunteers will be here to provide support, education, and advocacy guidance.

At the One Life Project, we believe in the transformative power of advocacy. Our helpline is not just a listening ear; it's a conduit for change. We offer a judgment-free environment, where individuals can share their stories, ask for valuable resources, and talk with individuals who are here to lend a kind ear. 

Our helpline is non-emergency, which means we do not take conversations that are an emergency which can include those who are a harm to themselves or others and those who have situations that are more complex. Our helpline is filled with volunteers and employees who are trained in advocacy, education, and resources. All helpline workers are required to go through 12 hours of training programs and classes, with four of these hours being crisis intervention and suicide intervention. While our helpline is here for everyone, we will pass all emergency situations onto our partner, Crisis Text Line, which handles emergency events and active suicide situations. Our helpline was designed to assist individuals with education, resource finding, support, and advocacy. Our helpline staff is here to listen, support, and guide you in the right direction!

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One Life Project Support Groups

The One Life Project is home to several support groups across our website and social media. The One Life Project's Supportive Community on Social Media and our website is a virtual space where individuals from all walks of life come together to share, support, ask questions or for support, and uplift each other on their mental health journeys. Our website and social media support groups serve as a dynamic extension of our commitment to mental health advocacy, providing a platform for connection, understanding, empowerment, and support.

Joining our support groups on social media or our website means that you'll become a part of a community that values every voice and understands the power of shared experiences. Whether you're seeking a listening ear, looking to share your story, or interested in learning from the experiences of others, our support groups provide a safe and inclusive environment where individuals can connect and find support, understanding, and love.

Our social media support groups are not just about sharing challenges; they're about celebrating victories, fostering resilience, and collectively advocating for mental health awareness. With regular discussions, expert insights, and community-driven initiatives, our groups aim to empower each member to navigate their mental health journey with strength and understanding.

 At the One Life Project, we're not just building a community; we're forging a path towards a more compassionate and supportive world, one post and person at a time. Join us, because your story matters, and together, we can create positive change.

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