Hey, friend! You're not alone.
Keeping your chin up can be tricky at times, especially when life throws you a curveball, or surprises you with a sudden challenge or loss. We get it, and we want you to know... You are not alone!
If you or a loved one are going through something difficult, you've got friends here at Drawn from Valor. We care about you feeling safe, prepared, and supported during tough times. Find out more in our YANA (you are not alone) Kits, and our COVID-19 and Vaccine Facts PDFs. Yours, The DfV Team
What we do
We saw a need
People with health conditions weren't getting information that inspired them to seek care. We set out to break down that barrier.
Drawn from Valor started out as a single creative project. The idea was this: if we could make a story kids and families could view together, it might start a conversation. That spark could lead to better care and informed decisions about how to seek treatments.
That original project was aimed at helping military families caring for returning veterans with PTSD. The disconnect between the need and actual diagnosis was glaring, but evidence showed that storytelling could be effective. If people saw themselves in a story, it might cut past jargon, stigmas, or fears about seeking care. So, the DfV mission was born.
We subsequently expanded our work to cover a wide range of chronic conditions and social-emotional topics. As our purpose grew, we grew, too.
How we help
We published free resources. Our "secret sauce" was clearing each concept with medical experts who specialize in child and family psychology.
First we identified the underserved corners of the health market. These were usually where kids and families have questions, and medical professionals are noticing a gaps in good quality materials or messaging.
Then we worked directly with experts to craft stories, characters, activities, and shareable content. By using comic books, activities, and animations, we could entertain each age group using the right language and imagery.
We published these free materials to the public via our website and social media channels. We also worked directly with hospitals, schools, and partner organizations to reach the most people possible with our content.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, we gave special attention to emotional hygiene and self-care messaging, due to the dramatic increase in correlating mental health diagnoses.
How you can help
In order to give free resources to the people who need them, non-profits rely on gifts of funds, co-production resources, and volunteer hours.
For 5 years, Drawn from Valor created free, digital-first content to help empower kids and grown-ups to learn more about their mental health. Believing animation and art have the power to heal and educate, DfV created comics, short animations, and infographics for all ages to bridge the gap between the doctor's office and home. DfV partnered with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to create free resources that can educate through the power of storytelling. Now they've partnered with the Superhero Project to share their resources and remind you that you are not alone and there's always room for hope.
Being for-impact, DfV and SHP are driven by the love of our causes. Of course, that doesn't pay for our artists, shipping costs, and time.
Donations are what makes this all possible, and the great news is there are so many cool ways to get involved and make a difference, from offering in-kind or cash donations that are fully tax deductible to spreading the word!
If you're another studio, organization, or business we are open to partnership and co-production ideas. Feel free to email email@example.com to learn more.
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