Founded in 2014 by Jenny Jaffe, Project UROK provides not only practical assistance to teenagers in need of mental health help, but also a sense of belonging, a sense of comfort, and a sense of hope. The content on Project UROK ranges from comedy sketches, testimonials, informational videos, a podcast, and scripted and unscripted webseries, and the organization also provides a platform for readers to showcase their own voices and stories by allowing them to upload personal videos and testimonials. In an effort to raise greater awareness and combat the isolation and stigmatization surrounding mental illness, Project UROK is endeavoring to initiate an honest and open conversation about the cause.
In sharing his own struggles with mental illness and depression, Wheaton emphasized that those dealing with mental health issues are not alone by noting, “You are not the only person in the world who has anxiety. You are not the only person in the world who has depression. You’re not the only person in the world who has thoughts of self-harm. There are people who want to help you. There are people who have spent their entire lives helping people like you and me and all of the people that you’re seeing in this video. And you’re not alone. You are okay.”
For those interested in getting involved in Project UROK or making a donation to the organization, readers may visit the organization's official website. In addition, there are a plethora of organizations available for adults in need of mental health assistance, including the National Alliance on Mental Health, Mental Health America, and the Movement for Global Mental Health.
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