LOVE IS LOUDER WHEN WE TAKE ACTION.

Love is Louder is all about taking simple actions that make us feel more resilient, connected and supported.

What happens when we take actions to strengthen our emotional health and look out for each other?
We turn down the volume on those negative internal and external voices that cause us pain.
And we amplify the good stuff that improves our lives…and our communities.

This ACTION CENTER outlines some of those positive actions and shares ideas for
planning events/programs that help us take those actions as individuals and communities. 

LOVE IS LOUDER

WHEN WE

TAKE ACTION.

LOVE IS LOUDER

WHEN WE

TAKE ACTION.

Love is Louder is all about taking simple actions that make us feel more resilient, connected and supported.

What happens when we take actions to strengthen our emotional health and look out for each other?
We turn down the volume on those negative internal and external voices that cause us pain. And we amplify the good stuff that improves our lives…and our communities.

This ACTION CENTER outlines some of those positive actions and shares ideas for planning events/programs that help us take those actions as individuals and communities. 

ACTION KIT

Our ACTION KIT is a downloadable PDF that walks you through #LoveisLouder Actions and then gives you ideas for programs and events that you can bring to your campus or community to inspire people to take those actions. We encourage you to think of this guide as a starting point and then get creative to customize your event/program to work best with your specific community.

If you have questions or ideas, feel free to email our team at info@loveislouder.com. Make sure to send us pictures and videos of all your Love is Louder activities or tag us on Instagram or Twitter (@loveislouder).

ACTION CARD

No matter what type of Love is Louder event or program you bring to your campus or community, a goal should be encouraging people to make commitments that will make them feel better about themselves and help other people. That’s why we created the Action Card. By taking and completing one of these cards, participants in your event will be making commitments that can improve their emotional health. They’ll also be making commitments that can strengthen your community and create stronger support networks.

You can use this file to get cards printed at a local copy shop, or email us at info@loveislouder.com if you are interested in ordering cards.

#LOVEISLOUDER ACTIONS

 

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about people being unkind, unexpected situations that cause stress, relationship issues, or negative news that makes us feel anxious or overwhelmed. While it’s not a perfect world, there are simple actions we can take to make ourselves more resilient and develop coping skills to help us deal with our stress or worries.

Being resilient doesn’t mean that we won’t have bad days or face challenges. It simply means that we’re better able to bounce back from those things. It means that we’re able to rise above negative words other people may say or think about us. Just as important, resiliency gives us the strength to rise above the negative things we think or say about ourselves.

Below are some actions that are proven to build resiliency, make us feel more connected to other people, and better deal with the hard days. These actions can also make our good days even better, improve our relationships and allow us to focus on the things that really matter in our lives.

#LOVEISLOUDER

ACTIONS

 

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about people being unkind, unexpected situations that cause stress, relationship issues, or negative news that makes us feel anxious or overwhelmed. While it’s not a perfect world, there are simple actions we can take to make ourselves more resilient and develop coping skills to help us deal with our stress or worries.

Being resilient doesn’t mean that we won’t have bad days or face challenges. It simply means that we’re better able to bounce back from those things. It means that we’re able to rise above negative words other people may say or think about us. Just as important, resiliency gives us the strength to rise above the negative things we think or say about ourselves.

Below are some actions that are proven to build resiliency, make us feel more connected to other people, and better deal with the hard days. These actions can also make our good days even better, improve our relationships and allow us to focus on the things that really matter in our lives.

BRING #LOVEISLOUDER TO YOUR CAMPUS OR COMMUNITY

 

Lately, it feels like there is too much focus on the ways we’re divided, and not enough focus on the things that connect us. Online and in our daily lives, so much of the conversation is about our differences, instead of celebrating our unique backgrounds and perspectives.

The Love is Louder team works with advocates on campuses and in communities to plan programs and events that encourage our friends, neighbors, classmates and/or co-workers to come together and take actions that make us feel more resilient, connected and supported. Below are some ideas on types of events/programs you can use to encourage people to take some of the actions described above as individuals…and as communities. 

PICTURE EVENTS

Whether you are a group of friends, a class, a department at work, or an organization like a club, fraternity or sorority — a #LoveisLouder photo event is always a fun way to build community, meet new people and amplify positive messages. People from around the world have uploaded photos and videos with #loveislouder or a “#loveislouder than ______” message written on their hands. Buy a pack of sharpies, get your camera ready and bring together a group of people to take pictures and promote positive messages of help, hope and acceptance.

Add meaning to the event by having a speaker come share their story or a counselor talk about ways to cope with tough times or negative voices. Make the impact of your event last longer by turning the pictures into a collage that you can display in a prominent location or create a digital album that can be shared with attendees after the event.

CONCERT/SHOWS

Music and theater can make us think, inspire us and connect us. Put together a performance or several performances that capture what Love is Louder means to you and your community. If you are with a theater or musical group, consider dedicating one of your performances to Love is Louder. You can share information about the movement, hand out Action Cards or ask attendees to make a donation as an entry fee.

We can even setup a ticketing system for you so it’s easy to sell tickets and have the donations go straight to Love is Louder. If you’re interested in us creating a hub for your event, email us at info@loveislouder.com.  Advocates have also put on comedy shows, dance performances, poetry readings and karaoke nights that promote and support Love is Louder.

GROUP ART PROJECTS

We’ve been amazed at all the ways our community members have found to bring people together to amplify the #LoveisLouder message. Get permission to turn your student union or a public space into a living art project. Use chalk to create #LoveisLouder messages and murals and encourage people to come during a designated time window to add their message or art. Create a gratitude wall where people can add sticky notes with things that are grateful for to create a collage of positive messages.

One school created a large wooden backdrop and had people write negative words that they’d been called (or thought about themselves) and then they used sponges with paint to cover the words – creating a piece of modern art that they then cut into small squares to share with the participants as a reminder of their experience. Get creative and don’t forget to share pictures of your project on social media with the hashtag #LoveisLouder.

GALLERY OR ART SHOWS

Ask artists in your community or school to create #LoveisLouder artwork and photos to be displayed in one location during a specified time. Include information on the Love is Louder movement at your event. You can even sell the artwork and donate the proceeds to The Jed Foundation and Love is Louder. Make sure to share images of the artwork with us at events@loveislouder.com.

VOLUNTEER & FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES:

Plan your Love is Louder event around a volunteer activity like a clean-up day, garage sale for charity or helping people in your community. Bring people together to create cards or gifts for children in local hospitals or seniors in retirement homes. Order Love is Louder t-shirts (www.loveislouder.com/store) or stickers to wear while you do good and take plenty of markers for #loveislouder pics.

Our team can also help you plan fundraisers for The Jed Foundation and Love is Louder, or incorporate fundraising into any of these event suggestions. For more information, contact us at info@loveislouder.com.

STORYTELLER EVENTS:

Work with faculty or an organization advisor at your school to hold an assembly or event where one or more speakers tell their story. We encourage you to pick storytellers who will help attendees better understand different types of people who may have experienced different types of challenges. It’s always valuable to have speakers focus on lessons they learned and advice they can share about overcoming obstacles and managing emotional health challenges like bullying, abuse, depression, or loneliness.

You can also include a musical performance, artwork or #loveislouder photo sessions at the event. Make sure that a counselor is included in the planning of the event. If you are on a campus or in a community with mental health resources, you could also have a representative from that resource come and talk about their services and answer any questions.

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