Abbie Williams is the founder of the charity Letters of Hope. The idea behind Letters of Hope is to show people in their darkest hours that there is good in the world. We want to break the stigma around mental health and truly make an impact by sending handwritten letters to people who are struggling.
Abbie personally suffers from Anxiety and Depression, and has done so since her teens. When things were at their worst, Abbie didn’t know if that dark feeling would ever really pass.
Inspired by her own journey, Abbie founded the mental health charity Letters of Hope, sending handwritten letters to people globally who are going through a tough time in the hope of turning things around. Letters of Hope have sent over 1,500 handwritten letters to over 21 countries since being founded in 2018.
HOW IT STARTED
After growing up in Leeds in the United Kingdom, Abbie moved to Australia in 2017. Living on the other side of the world, Abbie’s grandparents naturally became her pen pals. She would anticipate receiving another letter in the mail and the rush of happiness that came when she received one after a tough day was amazing. It was then that Abbie decided she wanted to use the empathy and passion that she gained through her own mental health journey to do something positive for other people, and give them that same feeling.
LETTERS OF HOPE MISSION
Our mission is to:
Uplift those who are going through a tough time, and try to show them that there is good in the world
Connect our letter recipients to helpful tools, resources and support
Encourage the community to be kind to strangers and be aware that everyone is going through their own battle
Empower people to speak up and share their own mental health stories
Help promote help-seeking and intervention through raising awareness and educating people on mental health
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Do you want to write a Letter of Hope? For more information about becoming a letter writer, click HERE.
Abbie loves collaborating with like minded individuals looking to make a difference. This year, she launched a suite of workplace mental health and wellbeing services, the funds from which allow Letters of Hope to operate, so she is also keen to partner with businesses who are looking to support the mental health of their teams.
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