LetsConnectProject is a digital platform that connects SEEKERS (people who seek support) to SUPPORTERS (people who provide support).
Our Supporters are Peer Supporters, Lay Counselors, and Licensed Counselors who work independently and are using our platform to provide their support service.
Our goal with LetsConnectProject is to make it easier for people to connect and help each other no matter where they are in the world.
When Sophia, the founder of LetsConnectProject, went through many bouts of depression and anxiety in 2017, she couldn’t find a counseling service in her town that could meet her needs.
Through a friend, she found a lay counselor from a church who understood her condition (Sophia has Bipolar type 2 Disorder) and was able to help her navigate her journey through the rough patches and towards recovery.
The service was by donation.
Sophia also got support from online Peer Supporters.
Since then, Sophia became a big believer in the healing power of connection and compassion. She wanted more people to get the kind of support that she received, no matter where they are in the world. With that in mind, she designed LetsConnectProject platform.
Now that the platform is ready, it is her hope that LetsConnectProject can help others, one connection at a time.
At LetsConnectProject, our main goal is:
“to improve the mental health of our community, one connection at a time, in a way that is effective and at the lowest cost as possible.”
There are many studies that show the benefit of talking to others.
A sense of isolation, whether real or perceived, can be dangerous to our mental health. Loneliness is a risk factor for suicide. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs stated, “Some researchers identify social isolation as “arguably the strongest and most reliable predictor of suicidal ideation, [suicide] attempts, and lethal suicidal behavior”” (source). With LetsConnectProject, we want to do early intervention in suicide prevention effort.
Brene Brown, a social researcher, famously said, “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
Making connections is what LetsConnectProject is all about.