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Project LETS, Inc.

Project LETS, Inc. is a non-profit supporting students/young adults with mental illness through mental health education, reform, advocacy, and suicide prevention. We believe in individual relationships, and that everybody has a right to access help + treatment. We provide real information, by individuals living with mental illness, and aim to close the gap between impersonal, clinical symptoms and lived experience.

There is an enormous gap in the system, with less than 1 in 3 adults in the US accessing help. Outside the US, this gap approaches over 90%. We are embarking on a dual-mission of humanizing mental illness + democratizing medical knowledge. Most importantly, we work to show that people living with mental illness live successful, incredible, meaningful lives. This is the foundation for our free Peer Counseling program, who engage in critical functions like: linking people to help, following their treatment, + engaging in strength-based recovery work if treatment isn't an option.

We fight for curricular improvement in schools and policy reform relating to training, self-harm + medical leaves (etc.). We proposed a bill to NY State Congress mandating 2+ hours of suicide prevention training for educators of 7th-12th grade students. This training gives staff skills to address mental health issues properly. We are currently working with NY Committee of Mental Health to develop a statewide Peer Support program.

At the heart of LETS, we are invested in creating a world in which young adults with mental illness are accounted for, supported, and treated. We envision a different kind of health system, with comprehensive care for all people — focusing on a wellness-based recovery, not an illness-based one. Not only do we want these individuals to function, but flourish. Being immersed in our community has taken struggling, disempowered individuals, and turned them into leaders, who confidently share their voice and story - making true change and impact.

Funded by Port Washington, NY (March 2016)