Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you provide?
As of Fall 2023, we are beginning with referral services:
Tell us your story and we will help connect you with the resources you need in the Antelope Valley.
As we continue to become more a part of the local mental health and adjoining communities,
we are looking for gaps in resources for which we are well-suited to fill.
There are so many incredible people doing so much amazing work in our area;
we want to be sure that we are intentional to avoid unnecessary duplication and
focus our efforts where they are most needed.
How will my donation be used?
As a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, Live Oak Mental Wellness Project uses all funding to further our mission to
connect individuals and families with mental health resources, development, and community in the Antelope Valley (and eventually beyond).
In March of 2023, we were awarded a grant as part of Take Action for Mental Health LA through
with funding through Prop 63: The Mental Health Services Act.
The purpose of this grant was to host an event in Los Angeles County that would support the statewide campaign to help residents
check in, learn more, and get support for their own mental health or the mental health of someone they care about by working to
destigmatize mental illness and bring public awareness to local mental health resources.
Our June 3 event, Live Oak 5K Run/Walk for Mental Wellness,
featured over a dozen AV-based mental health service providers and nonprofits and saw over 500 participants.
We attribute the incredible turnout for our organization's very first event in part to
the advertising that we were able to do with our grant funding.
Once our budget allows, we would love to continue to use local billboard and bus ads to help spread the word about our services
and encourage our reputation as AV's First Stop in Mental Health Support to take root.
Why "Live Oak"?
Co-Founder and Executive Director Monica M. Olsen fell in love with Southern Live Oak trees for their beauty when she lived on the outskirts of New Orleans for three years in high school. Upon seeing the Wired video below in 2018, she became convinced that there was no better metaphor for community, with each member holding up the others through even the fiercest of storms.
Why Live Oak?
What are some future goals of Live Oak Mental Wellness Project?
As our organization grows, we hope to:
Help to find financial assistance for students pursuing careers in mental health
Open a physical space to for teens and others to have a safe, judgment-free place to spend time
Host support groups and other social community gatherings in our space
Host life coaching, yoga, and other activities that address holistic wellness
Develop an ambassador program for our graduates to mentor new members
Replicate our model in other areas to support mental wellness nationwide!