Frequently Asked Questions.
- Depression & anxiety
- Isolation from friends and family who don’t get it
- Stress of trying to balance work/school/personal life with activism
- A need to do as much as possible to help animals
- Hopelessness, lack of motivation, & feelings of futility
- Burnout & compassion fatigue
- In-fighting between animal rights activists
- …and more
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 meant for:
- Brand new activists
- Long-time activists
- Anyone new to veganism or vegetarianism
- Friends/family of activists who want to know how to be more supportive
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.
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 routinely deleted). We ask that activists seeking support refrain from discussing potentially ‘illegal’ actions and that they refer to other activists using pseudonyms where appropriate.
The people responding to your messages all use the pseudonym “Sam.” The animal activist community can be a small one at times and pseudonyms allow for activists to get support in a less threatening way.
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.
- What is activist burnout
- How can I be a better activist?
- My boyfriend/girlfriend eats meat and it upsets me.
- How can I get my family to go vegetarian?
- I feel depressed by how animals are treated.
- Animal abuse makes me angry.
- How do I find balance in my activism?
- I feel alone in my animal rights work.
- What is the best way for me to create change for animals?
- My family doesn’t understand why I’m vegan.
- I need legal advice for my activism.
- I feel demotivated by in-fighting and activist conflicts.
- I feel isolated from the animal rights community.
- How can I commit my whole life to helping animals?
- How can I feel more fulfilled in my activism?
- How can I make my activism more sustainable?
- What are the best ways for me to contribute to the movement?
- Where can I find an animal rights mentor?
- I feel stuck in my activism.
- How can I heal from burnout?
- I am having nightmares about animal cruelty.
- I am struggling with vegetarianism/veganism.
- My doctor said that I need to eat meat.
- My parents won’t let me be vegetarian/vegan.
- Can I be healthy as a vegan/vegetarian?
- Is it expensive to be a vegan/vegetarian?
- How can I start doing activism?
- Are there any animal rights organizations or groups near me?
- What is more effective: a liberationist or a welfarist approach?
- What is more effective: protests or outreach?
- Is animal liberation possible?
- I feel like I’m getting no where in my activism.
- What are the types of animal rights activism?
- Can I be an activist if I’m shy/introverted?
- Is online activism effective?
- How can I find friends who are vegan?
- What are my rights as an activist?
- I have been arrested for animal rights activism.
- How is human liberation tied to animal liberation?
- I am feeling suicidal.
- Am I too young to be an animal rights activist?
- I get emotional when outreaching about animal exploitation.
- I have to work at a fast food restaurant. Can I still be an activist?
- I feel guilty asking for support.
- I was sexually assaulted by another animal rights activist.
- How can we make activist communities safer?
- Can you suggest some vegan recipes?
- I’m going to do outreach for the first time and I’m nervous.
- I’m going to a protest for the first time and I’m nervous.
- I hate it when people make jokes about vegans.
Anyone wishing to volunteer on the line itself can email Intern@HelpActivists.org. 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.