Who We Are

Self-Care For Advocates is an organization by advocates for advocates. We know from our own experiences on the frontlines of social justice movements and crisis response teams that the cost of caring is high.

First formed in 2014, Self-Care For Advocates began as a small (but plucky), volunteer-run Facebook group dedicated to promoting self-care, sharing resources, and creating a community of support among helping professionals. Now, just over 7 years later, the Self-Care For Advocates group has grown into a worldwide movement with thousands of participating helping professionals in over 63 countries around the world.

In 2020, Self-Care For Advocates took the first step in formalizing as a nonprofit organization and began growing our programs and services.

Meet Our Team

What We Do

Self-Care For Advocates provides mental health and self-care education, advocacy, and support services for helping professionals, organizations, and community leaders struggling with the effects of trauma exposure and occupational stress. We work to build individual and organizational resilience and advocate for change to the policies, systems, and norms that keep helping professionals from accessing the help the need.

Together, we are building a movement of radical self-compassion for helping professionals everywhere.

How We Help

From June 2020 to June 2021, Self-Care For Advocates provided training and support services to 584 helping professionals in 38 US states and territories.

We also currently maintain an online wellness community of over 4400 advocates around the world!

What We Believe

Compassion


We believe in the right of all people to live freely and safely without fear, abuse, coercion, oppression, and violence. We challenge ourselves to the highest level of empathy and conduct our work with compassion for others and for ourselves.

Social Justice


We believe in the equal value of every human being and the importance of respecting and honoring each individual. We strive to make our services accessible, responsive, and inclusive of all identities and experiences.

Integrity


We believe in the value of service-leadership and the importance of leading by example. We hold ourselves accountable first and foremost to the people and partners we serve.

Courage


We believe in the power of vulnerability. We admit when we are wrong. We speak up against injustice even when our voices shake.

Collaboration


We believe in the value of teamwork and solidarity of action. We know that this work cannot be done by anyone alone. We work together as a team towards lasting change.

Innovation


We believe in urgent, radical action and the necessity for transformation. We leverage the power of technology, research, and design thinking to advance our mission.

Sustainability


We believe in individual wellness as an essential element to the health and success of our organizational mission.