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About Stoicare

Stoicare is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) charity that promotes Stoicism as a philosophy of care and wellbeing. We offer resources, events, and a gathering space for all Stoics who care about other people and our planet. And we bring together Stoics from all walks of life to cultivate flourishing individuals and communities. 

Our Mission

At Stoicare, our mission is to share Stoicism as a holistic system of wisdom and wellbeing for caregivers, at-risk populations, and all humans. Contrary to some common misconceptions, Stoicism has always been a philosophy of care: care for the truth, care for other people, care for the self, and care for the world we live in. This ideal of active engagement in the world informs our approach to life. As Stoics, we proactively work toward flourishing for ourselves and others.

 

Our Objectives 

  • Supporting caregivers’ mental health and wellbeing through Stoicism

  • Sharing Stoicism with individuals and groups in at-risk populations

  • Collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations to promote wisdom, wellbeing, community, and care

  • Incorporating care for the environment, including plants and animals, into everyday Stoic practice

  • Promoting Stoicism as a system of flourishing through philosophical and psychological research

  • Connecting Stoics from all walks of life who are interested Stoic care

Our Services

  • Providing written materials to the public through our website

  • Hosting workshops, courses, conferences, and gatherings that support our mission

  • Creating customized materials, talks, and courses for organizations upon request

 

Our Focus Areas

  • Caring roles, including parents and those providing family care to dependent adults

  • Caring professions, including teachers, healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, prison staff

  • Community engagement, including volunteers and mentors

  • Underserved individuals and communities, including neurodiverse individuals, socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, incarcerated persons and those struggling with substance abuse

 

For more information about Stoicism and care, or to request more information about our services, please reach out to us using the contact form below. We're always glad to hear from you!

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Stoicare Team

Brittany Polat, Co-Founder and President

Brittany is a writer and presenter on Stoicism as a way of life. She is a steering committee member for Modern Stoicism, board member of The Stoic Fellowship, and author of the book Tranquility Parenting: A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful, and Engaged. Her newest book is Journal Like a Stoic: A 90-Day Stoicism Program to Live with Greater Acceptance, Less Judgment, and Deeper Intentionality. Brittany holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics but currently writes about Stoic psychology and philosophy on her Substack, Stoicism for Humans

Eve Riches, Co-Founder and Vice President

Eve is an Neurodivergence Mentor, Life Coach and Employment Consultant specialising in wellbeing at work. She works with individuals of all ages, including families, businesses and organisations. Eve is an advisor to the Aurelius Foundation and is on the Steering Committee of Modern Stoicism where she runs ‘Stoic Week’, a free yearly course in wellbeing that is enjoyed by thousands of people every year. She is also a director of Stoicare, an international non-profit which focuses on Stoicism as a support to people in the caring professions. 

Paul Wilson, Board Member

Paul is a former head of community mental health services and strategic lead for the prevention of mental health issues and the promotion of wellbeing in disadvantaged communities. One of his mental health services won a national award while others were recognised in the UK parliament. Paul now works as the head of staff wellbeing at a UK university, where he promotes preventative practice, psychological safety, self-care and a culture of wellbeing. Stoicism is his preferred form of self-care.  

Karen Duffy, Stoicare Champion

New York Times bestselling author Karen Duffy is also an actress, producer, hospice chaplain, and patient pain advocate. Her latest book, Wise Up!, was named one of Oprah Daily’s 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022. Duff's memoir Backbone: Living with Chronic Pain Without Turning into One is the best-selling inspirational, powerful, and funny manual for coping and living with devastating pain. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Glamour, Esquire, and the New York Daily News. Her most recent film, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, stars Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, and Bill Murray.

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