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Sustainable Activism: Animal Activist Helpline Provides Support

By Daria Zeoli, Guest Contributor

Activist burnout is something that many of us are affected by. I recently discussed my own experiences with exasperation, misanthropy, and detachment in the article Breaking Free from Vegan Burnout. I believe that burnout is a nasty cycle, and it can be very easy to find oneself in the throes of it. Please know that if you find yourself feeling burnt out, or feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. In fact, I’m happy to tell you that there is help for those who need it.

This past April, In Defense of Animals launched its Animal Activist Helpline.  The Helpline is available to activists in the United States and Canada by phone at 1 (800) 705-0425 or by email at helpline@idausa.org. Trained counselors are available if you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or alone in your activist efforts, or if you’re upset or depressed by conflict. They can also help with vegan resources, self-care tools, and strategies to help animals.

The hours of operation are as follows:

Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST/11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST/11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

In IDA’s own words:

Our goal is to help animal activists gain clarity on their missions, work effectively and efficiently, create successful and satisfying careers, balance activism with the rest of their life, and avoid (or heal from) burnout and trauma.

The Animal Activist Helpline is a free and confidential service; part of IDA’s Sustainable Activism Campaign, which provides “emotional and spiritual support for animal activists via workshops, teleseminars, retreats, and blogs to ensure that activists can continue helping animals for the long haul.”

Helpline volunteers, with experience in psychology or animal activism, are also needed. More details, including requirements and how to apply, can be found at http://www.idausa.org/idas-animal-activist-helpline/.

The activist world is wide and varied; we all have such unique perspectives, techniques, coping mechanisms, communication skills, and stories. How wonderful it is that we can reach out when we need to – to seek help when help is needed, to seek answers when we have questions, to seek others when we feel alone.

About the Author:

Daria Zeoli went vegan when she was thirty and is proof that there is life after dairy-based cheese.

2 Comments

  1. Emmanuel Amoah March 5, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    I am Emmanuel Amoah from Ghana (west Africa). I decided to go vegan almost a month ago. Though I loose most of my friends we used to go out together and enjoy meat. I realised going into vegan has reduced most of my ailment and I hope it will possibly vanish as time goes on. I am moved to be Animal Activist Volunteer. I tried to share my experience with my friends. They said going into vegan in Ghana is costly. It is true in my country. I need your advice and support to win their soul.

    • KD Angle Traegner March 5, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Emmanuel! What kind of support and advice do you need? I’ll do my best to help!

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