“Where do I even start?”

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“How does this line work? And where do I even begin?” It’s a common question we get and an understandable one. People often don’t know where to start when they reach out to our support lines.

Most of us aren’t used to reaching out for support. It can feel intimidating, emotional, or overwhelming to start talking about how we’re feeling. Even from a practical standpoint, where do we begin when talking about the intense emotions, stress, and worries that accompany activism?

That first step in accessing support is a big one. We know that. We’ve been there, on the other side of it, and know how difficult it is to ask for support. But don’t let that initial hurdle stop you from reaching out. Here’s a fictional example of how a support session might begin:



Animal Activist Support Line:

“Hi there, this is Sam from the Animal Activist Support Line. How can I help?”


“I’m not sure where to start. I’ve been having a hard time lately.”

Animal Activist Support Line:

“I’m really sorry to hear that, but I’m glad that you reached out. Can you tell me a bit about why you’re having a hard time?”


“I don’t fully know. Lately I’ve been feeling worn down and exhausted and defeated. I have a hard time with everyone’s apathy. I just don’t get why they don’t care and it makes me so angry and tired. I know I need to push through it, it’s the least I can do for animals, but sometimes I’m not sure how.”

Animal Activist Support Line:

“How you’re feeling makes sense. It’s horrible enough living in a world where animals are constantly being abused and exploited, and it’s even harder when most people choose not to care (and also choose to financially support these systems). It says incredible things about you that you do care. Pushing through these feelings may help in the short-term, but it’s usually not a long-term solution; without addressing them, they often return even more intensely. Are there types of activism that bring you joy instead of those feelings of defeat?”

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