We're a small organization, with no paid staff, founded in 2015 with a simple purpose: To support the activists and advocates that work to end the cruel exploitation of animals. To help the people that help animals.
Get Answers: Frequently Asked Questions
Most people turn a blind eye to animal exploitation; they choose to ignore it. But animal activists and advocates know about the overwhelming suffering that exists in the world. This knowledge can take a heavy emotional toll and can create problems in our relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and partners.
Many activists struggle with:
Practicing self-care and seeking support when you need it will make you a better activist. Burnout, in-fighting, depression, and stress drain our ability to effectively fight for animals.
This service is for anyone seeking support, information, guidance, or resources. We are here to provide support for mental health issues. We’re here if you need a friendly ear to listen while you vent. And we’re here if you just want to ask a quick question or want help finding a particular resource. Even if you’re dealing with an issue that is seemingly unrelated to your activism, we’re here.
This service is meant for:
This service is 100% confidential and can be completely anonymous. We never give your information to any third parties (we will never be calling the cops or your parents on you). We automatically delete all messages after responding and do not retain any of your personal information. We do not ask for identifying information.
We know that reaching out for support can be difficult and we know that confidentiality/anonymity can help take away some of the barriers to accessing support. We don’t need to know who you are; we just want to help (so that you can help animals).
*you can use services like GhostMail to provide more anonymity.
Animal rights and animal liberation activists should be concerned about privacy and their rights, especially in the face of institutional activist repression. But we work to ensure that privacy concerns do not prevent activists from accessing the support they need.
We automatically delete all support messages immediately after responding. Under no circumstances do we willingly hand over information to law enforcement or any other third party (in the event that we are subpoenaed by a court, we will fight the subpoena and nevertheless cannot provide any evidence since all data related to support texts and emails are rountinely deleted). We ask that activists seeking support refrain from discussing potentially ‘illegal’ actions and that they refer to other activists using pseudonyms where appropriate.
Messages are responded to by Activist Support Line Counsellors. These individuals have received in-depth training: some are therapists with years of experience working in the mental health field and some are trained caring volunteers. All of our counsellors are also dedicated and passionate animal rights activists.
The people responding to your messages all use the pseudonym “Jane.” The animal activist community can be a small one at times and pseudonyms allow for activists to get support in a less threatening way.
We guarantee that all text and chat messages will be responded to within 30 minutes and that all emails will be responded to within 6 hours.
You are welcome to tell us as much or as little as you’d like. You get to set the pace for support; we never have to talk about anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. And you can end a conversation / not respond at any time. You can expect warmth, understanding, and non-judgmental listening.
You can find a full list of your rights and what you can expect here.
There are a handful of different ways to get involved, depending on your particular skillset and life circumstances. You can help out by telling people about this service. You can help by designing graphics, creating videos, or helping with marketing. You can help with fundraising to ensure the sustainability of this vital service. And you can help out directly on the text/email/chat line.
Anyone wishing to volunteer on the line itself can complete an internship application form. The next round of internships will be offered in Ontario, Canada beginning April, 2017. Interns live in a house with other activists and have food and living expenses covered. Internships are an amazing opportunity for activists to develop new skills and become more effective at creating change for animals. In addition to receiving 50+ hours of training for the support lines, interns assist with various animal rights campaigns to get a well-rounded experience.
You can find more details about all of these services at www.HelpActivists.org.