• All donations currently being matched dollar for dollar up to 100K!
  • An online mental health resource for teens and young adults.
  • We’re starting a conversation about mental illness and we hope you’ll join us!
  • Watch and make videos about your experience.
  • Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. Your story matters.

FAQs

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OF SELF-HARMING OR COMMITTING SUICIDE, PLEASE DIAL 911, OR THE SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255

Do you have a question we didn’t answer below? Email us at projecturok@childmind.org!

About Project UROK

Is it pronounced “You Are Okay” or “You Rock”?

We say “You are Okay”, but we also think you totally rock!

What’s the Child Mind Institute?

The Child Mind Institute is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. 

How do I make more Project UROK videos possible?

Donate! All donations are matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

What does that have to do with Project UROK?

Project UROK was founded in 2014 by Jenny Jaffe. Then, in 2016, we became a project of the Child Mind Institute. That means that our funding and support comes from them, but everything else stays the same. Child Mind Institute is an amazing resource for children and their parents, but Project UROK isn’t for children OR parents- we’re for teens that want to tell their stories and see stories like theirs.

How can I make a UROK video of my own?

Click here for more info!

I don’t want to/don’t feel comfortable making a video- can I still get involved?

Yes! You can donate, share our info and videos on social media, and don’t forget to follow, like and subscribe!

Why do you refer to it as “mental illness”? Isn’t that a harsh phrase?

We say “mental illness” because we believe Dumbledore. “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.”

You wouldn’t hear someone with diabetes saying they have “blood sugar issues”, because people with illnesses that affect the rest of the body aren’t expected to hide or justify their disease. We don’t think people with mental illness should have to either. Of course, we understand why it’s a phrase that makes some people uncomfortable, and believe that everyone should be able to identify in the way that makes them feel the most comfortable and safe.

To hear more, check out this video from founder Jenny Jaffe!

My Account

Why can’t I see my comment?

All comments are subject to review and approval. It will be posted soon!

Why wasn’t my comment approved?

Project UROK is dedicated to remaining a positive space, so we have some automatic filters on certain words and phrases that might be hurtful or harmful. If you think your comment was declined in error, try rephrasing it and posting again.

I forgot my password. What do I do?

Click here!

Why should I create an account?

Creating an account is easy, free, and totally anonymous- also, that way you’ll be able to favorite and comment on videos! Plus, creating an account ensures that you’ll be the first in line to hear about all of our upcoming features. We will never ask for any personal information, besides your email address, which we will never give out.

Click here to register!

Can I change my avatar/username?

Avatars and usernames are randomly generated to avoid revealing any personal information for users who would rather remain anonymous. However, we may have an option to choose from our randomly generated avatars/usernames coming soon!

I saw a comment that upset me. Who do I tell?

Email projecturok@childmind.org and let us know what video the comment was on and who wrote it.

My Videos

How do I make/upload a video?

Read our “How To Make A Video” page here!

What should my video look like?

It can look however you want it to look! Project UROK wants to hear your story as you want to tell it, whether it’s jokes, a poem, pictures or just you talking to a camera. Think about what you wish someone had told you when you were struggling the most.

How long can my video be?

2-3 minutes

I can’t see my video, where is it?

All videos are subjected to review and approval and can take up to 5 business days to process. Email projecturok@childmind.org if your video hasn’t shown up after 5 days.

Your Videos

How can I find videos about what I’m struggling with?

Type what you’re looking for in the search bar- if you can’t find any videos about that particular topic, email us at projecturok@childmind.org and we’ll try to find the video for you! We want everyone to know that we value them and their experiences, and we’re working hard to build a comprehensive content library, but it’s still a work in progress.

I saw a video and now I’m afraid/convinced I have a new mental illness. Help!

It is totally normal to hear other people’s stories and connect them to your own. It just means you’re empathetic and a super good person, and doesn’t necessarily mean you have that particular mental illness. Go do something else for a little while: watch a video of puppies being adorable, paint your nails, read a book. Anything to take your mind off it and relax. Afterwards, if you’re still worried about it, talk to a trusted adult or therapist about it. Check out our Resources page to find a therapist if you don’t have one. And remember, no matter what, you are ok.

Who are all these people?

Project UROK video participants are people from all walks of life who feel passionately about mental illness destigmatization. Some of them are our friends, and all of them are people who wanted to share their story with you!

Can I find out more about someone in a video?

Any information available about video participants is in the description. If you have questions for or about anyone you see, feel free to email projecturok@childmind.org and we’ll pass them along, but we can’t promise they’ll get back to you.

How to Help

You can donate, share our info and videos on social media, and don’t forget to follow, like and subscribe!

Project UROK is an initiative of the Child Mind Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Donations to the Child Mind Institute are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 100% of all donations made through this link with go towards Project UROK.

Follow us on social media!

Twitter: @ProjectUROK

Instagram: @ProjectUROK

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Share our videos on social media!

Don’t forget to tag us!

Make your own video!

Check out our “Make Your Own Video” page to find out how!

How to Get Help

I’m feeling suicidal.

Call 911, or the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. If you can, talk to an adult you trust. Do not let yourself be alone. Click here for more resources.

I want to self harm.

Call 911, or the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. If you can, talk to an adult you trust. Do not let yourself be alone. Click here for more resources.

I think my friend is suicidal. What do I do?

Call 911, or the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. If you can, talk to an adult you trust. Click here for more resources.

I’m being abused.

Call 911, or the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: 1-800-656-HOPE. If you can, talk to an adult you trust. Click here for more resources.

I think my friend is being abused.

Call 911, or the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: 1-800-656-HOPE. If you can, talk to an adult you trust. Click here for more resources.

I’m struggling with addiction.

Call the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: 1-800-622-2255 , or click here for more resources.

I think my friend is struggling with addiction.

Call the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: 1-800-622-2255, or click here for more resources.

I need help. How do I find a therapist?

On our resources page, we have plenty of suggestions of ways to find affordable therapy and counseling near you. And remember, if you don’t like the first person you talk to, that doesn’t mean therapy isn’t for you- it just means that you haven’t found the right environment for it yet! Help is out there.

Child Mind Institute