Taking the step to seek mental health assistance can be really scary for people, especially considering the clouded state they could be in.
When I initially set out to find out what LOST was about I was nervous, hesitant and extremely anxious.
Walking through the doors I was greeted by friendly dogs and even friendlier people. In that moment I instantly felt calm,
felt at home,
I felt welcome,
and I hadn’t even spoken to anyone yet.
I don't know many other places that can have that type of effect on you.
I knew I had stumbled upon something different. Something special.
LOST is located on Ottawa street in downtown Hamilton, and offers peer support groups, classes, and programming. It has no barriers, no pre requirements,no judging and no fees.I had the pleasure of Meeting the founder Rebecca, and was able to ask her a few questions about all different aspects of LOST.
Here's the interview below.
Interview with Rebecca Taube - founder of the Lost Organization
Summary of yourself:
I don’t have much to say, other than, my goal in this lifetime is to change the world. I experienced a great deal of suffering at a young age, and now that I have overcome that struggle, it is my purpose to assist others who are doing the same. I wake up every day in hopes of empowering those around me.
What is the LOST organization?
The LOST Organization is a drop-in facility that helps individuals manage their mental health. We offer a free peer-support program that runs twice daily along with complimentary classes and programming. All of our services are free, accessible, and have no wait-lists. Our doors are open to all individuals in need.
Why did you create LOST, what did the beginnings entail?
I founded The LOST Organization in 2015 when I realized the profound impact mental illness was playing on myself and my family. Most of us had suffered immensely with our mental health, including heavy symptoms of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. I had suffered with these things for many years, and despite my willingness to get better, it seemed impossible to find help. The resources available seemed to come with long waitlists, high costs, and endless inaccessibility. Mental illness was hard enough, and I knew that no one should have to fight so hard to find help. Instead of complaining or becoming defeated by the issue, I decided to take matters into my own hands. If there were no resources available, I would create one, and so I created LOST. Building the brand took several years and thousands of hours of hard work, but slowly, The LOST Organization came to life.
What sets you apart from other organizations?
There is something special about LOST. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but everyone knows it when they walk in. To put it simply; LOST is magic, and it will bring magic into your life.
What is something you would want people to know about LOST ?
Anyone is welcome. You don’t have to be suffering with mental illness to attend. There is a place here for every individual, regardless of who you are or what your journey looks like.
What services do you offer?
We offer a free drop-in support group for the maintenance of good mental health, yoga classes, workshops, and events. Nearly all of our services are free for our members, and of course, membership is free. It is our belief that access to mental healthcare should be free and accessible to all individuals.
What is your favourite thing about Lost ?
I love how comfortable the environment is. We stray away from anything that feels “clinical” and aim to make our space feel like home. Also, having the support dogs, Penelope & Henry, at the studio with us really brings the space to life.
How many members ?
300 active members and growing daily.
Where do you want to see LOST go? (as far as the future)
The LOST Organization is going to change the way the world approaches mental illness. Simply, we are going to do this by making the world a more accessible, kind, and empowering place.
Any other things you would like to mention about Lost ?
Don’t be worried if you feel nervous about attending a group. It is completely understandable to feel worried and vulnerable, however, if you can find the courage to walk through the doors, we promise that The LOST Organization will influence your life in a powerful and positive way.
How can people find you / LOST?