What is the Spread Hope Project?

The Spread Hope Project grew out of the idea that so many of us often feel alone, even when surrounded by others. It began as a project focused primarily on those battling mental health conditions and chronic illness, who can often feel so isolated in their illness, and in the stigma that surrounds it, and grew from there. Our mission is to spread hope to as many places and people as possible.  From mental health and chronic illness advocacy, to chipping away at the stigma surrounding suicide, to our community based projects that branch out across numerous causes, we aim to let people know that each and every one of us matters, and that no matter how hopeless a situation may feel, they are not alone. By making visible the message of Hope, and by bringing it directly to people on a local level through our outreach campaigns, we want to erase taboos and stigmas, and replace them with compassion, understanding, and a feeling of community. 

What Do We Do?

Our first order of business is photos. Lots of them! Wearing Spread Hope Project merchandise, we take photos in as many places and with as many different people as we can. By visiting different cities, states, and even countries, we are spreading the message of Hope and support across the country and the globe.

Next up, merchandise. When it comes to spreading hope, we say the more the merrier!  To help others participate, we’re creating Spread Hope Project merchandise and apparel. A portion of the proceeds of all sales will go to your choice of mental health and suicide prevention organizations.  

Finally, Projects

Our projects range from ongoing social media campaigns, such as #365DaysofHope, to local, community based activities across numerous causes to reach those who in need. Check out our Projects page for what’s ongoing and upcoming! 

How Can You Be Involved? 

We want to connect with people. That’s what we’re all about – it’s how hope is spread, after all.  We’re always open to suggestion for new photo locations, project ideas, and ways to Spread Hope. Have a school or university that wants to be involved? Let us know! Interested in your business or organization being featured? Reach out! Have a great Spread Hope campaign idea? We’re all ears! And or  course, take photos. Lots of them. Create a handmade sign or poster or craft project with the word Hope if you’d like. And if you don’t have any swag, that’s perfectly fine too – a picture featuring you is fantastic on its own. So however you choose, snap a photo in a place  where you’d like to spread hope, post it, and use the hashtag #SpreadHopeProject. We can’t wait to see it! 

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