Goals until May 2022
This article was published on November 30, 2021 on this website and the EA Forum.
A brief history of the EA Mental Health Navigator Service
The first survey to promote EA mental health was launched in 2019 as the 2018 EA Mental Health Survey. The results and analysis of the 2018 EA Mental Health Survey found that, of the 303 respondents to the survey, 30% believed they could personally benefit from an EA Mental Health Navigator Service. The EA Mental Health Care Navigator Pilot was therefore launched in October of 2019 to help EA community members navigate the local, national, and international mental health scenes in terms of available resources (both online and in-person) and making plans to access those resources. The EA Mental Health Navigator Service is also meant to create EA mental health informational resources, provide workshops for local groups, and research mental healthcare systems around the world so as to be able to provide recommendations for mental health resources available where EA community members live. An update on the EA Mental Health Navigator was posted on the EA Forum in November of this year (2021).
Between October 2019 and October 2021, Danica Wilbanks ran the EA Mental Health Navigator Service on a voluntary basis. In October 2021, the EA Mental Health Navigator Service received a grant from the EA Infrastructure Fund to hire a part-time project manager to build a global EA Mental Health Navigator volunteer network over the course of six months.
The overarching goal over the next six months is to get the EA Mental Health Navigator Service on its feet in such a way that it is sustainable thanks to a network of volunteers all working together to ensure that all EA community members are able to access the mental health resources they need.
The primary goals of the EA Mental Health Navigator Service over the next six months are to:
Recruit more volunteers who are located around the world or who have connections with people in various locations not already represented in the resource documents, so that the resources recommended on this website and through consultations are not only for those who live in the US, UK, or Europe, but in many other countries where EA community members reside or where there are budding EA communities.
Increase the number of volunteers such that there are more people helping with both consultations and updating and expanding the resource lists available on this website, ensuring that EA community members receive the help they need as quickly as possible.
Update the resource lists to ensure that resources relevant for EA community members who associated with a variety of identities and backgrounds are provided.
Update the website to make it easier for EA community members to quickly locate resources that could be helpful for their specific needs and locations.
Market the EA Mental Health Navigator Service such that more EA community members around the world are aware of and can access the service.
Goals for the remainder of 2021
The primary aim for the remainder of 2021 is to build the EA Mental Health Navigator volunteer network, and we are specifically looking for people who are skilled in or have experience with:
Web design and could help with revamping the ‘Resources’ and ‘Recommended providers’ webpages such that community members can quickly filter for their locations and needs;
Marketing, to help with the volunteer drive and strategies for advertising the EA Mental Health Navigator Service;
Mental health or peer support, and who are keen to help-out with the consultations side of the Navigator Service;
Healthcare systems and mental health resources around the world.
Join us! - Update as of January 1, 2022:
Applications for volunteering are now closed
A big thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in volunteering with the Navigator Service! Applications for volunteering are now closed and we will let everyone know how they can best help by January 15th. Again, a big, big thanks for your support and enthusiasm for this project!