Project LETS, Inc. exists to support students and young adults living with mental illness, or lived experience that would be classified as mental illness. We believe in individual, personal relationships; and that everybody has a fundamental right to access quality, socially competent, humane treatment. Project LETS aims to close the gap between impersonal, clinical research/doctors and our own lived experience.Our team provides information straight from the source - mentally ill folks - not a laundry list of clinical symptoms that reveal little for how your life will be affected, or how to cope successfully. We are embarking on a dual-mission of humanizing mental illness + democratizing medical knowledge.
Receiving a diagnosis can be incredibly isolating — and living inside of it without being able to share who you are can be even more painful. In our community - you will discover you aren't alone, find a safe outlet to express everything you're experiencing - from stigma, shame and fear, and in time, healing. This idea is the foundation for our Peer Support program, where we provide free Peer Counselors to individuals all over the world. These Counselors engage in critical functions with our peers, most often, linking them to help, following their treatment, or engaging in strength-based recovery work if treatment is not an option.
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 equally and fairly. We envision a different kind of health system, with comprehensive care for all people — focusing on a wellness-based/person-centered recovery, not an illness-based one. Not only do we want these individuals to function, but flourish. We envision a world where all individuals, regardless of age, sexuality, gender, geographic location, cultural values, etc. has access to essential and life-changing resources, whether they be medical or educational interventions.
In October 2009, Brittany Marie Petrocca of East Meadow, New York, lost her life to suicide. After being a part of the after-math, it was clear that the community was devastated and hurting. However, the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness is so negative, that nobody wanted to talk about it. A school of fourteen year-olds did not know how to handle this kind of situation, and events like these take place every single day. This was when our founder recognized the lack of awareness and education within the community, and began her work for Project LETS. To erase the stigma and to commemorate the lives we have lost in these honorable ways, we must talk and spread awareness. We must never, ever, stay silent.
We believe everybody has a fundamental right to access help and treatment. We understand we're not professionals, but we are the people this affects. The ones living with mental illness - every day of our lives. Each of us have valuable insight to pass along, and know who to point you towards if the situation requires more help than we can provide. This is why we believe so fundamentally in the power of Peer Support.
Brittany Marie, we don't forget you. We are here, honoring your memory.