Launched in 2015 as a virtual space where to story-tell, empathize, bond and heal through art, today The Artidote community has become a global support group that has saved lives through social media. As it continues to grow, it has expanded beyond the virtual and entered real spaces through Artidote Meetups hosted by Jova in cities across the world.
Jovanny Varela Ferreyra (Jova) is an artist, mental health strategist and motivational speaker. In 2015, his unconventional use of vulnerably honest content through social media would organically develop into a global community of millions, making him a leading influencer in the mental health space. Varela’s mission is to cultivate the values of empathy, community & healing through art, media and culture. In 2019 he was honored with a chairmanship at the Youth Committee within The World Federation for Mental Health, giving him the responsibility to advocate for the mental health of the Youth across the world.
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The heart of The Artidote, where the community gathers to engage with the stories of each post. Whether it’s a post on failure, triumph, loss, gratitude, regret, love, fear or social advocacy, this is where Artidotees are encouraged to come together and share their own experiences and opinions in a respectful manner.
Besides the regular posts, the IG channel cultivates some native content that has become a staple of The Artidote. Namely, the Breather Series & #ArtidoteLifelines. Every weekend, people get to submit their “Breathers” –15 second videos that bring peace & calm to Instagram Stories. #ArtidoteLifelines is a collection of professional mental health resources that have been crowdsourced by the community from cities across the world.
The voice of The Artidote Community, where SnapThoughts originated. This is where your thoughts may be submitted via direct messages and Jova anonymously shares a daily selection to thousands of people across the world. Today it’s become a virtual, global support group that has already been directly influential in saving lives (read about it HERE and HERE).