Libero (LEE-behr-roh): liberated, unconstrained, free. (italian)
Libero is a Vancouver-based registered nonprofit magazine and community (incorporation number: S—0062089) that advocates and offers support for mental health. We believe in the power of sharing stories and celebrating freedom. Through our magazine and online community, we cover a variety of topics ranging from managing anxiety and overcoming depression to recovering from eating disorders and advocating body positivity.
In addition to our own articles, we partner with writers and bloggers and publish their work on our site. This helps increase their exposure as writers and, in turn, provides the Libero Community with even more great content.
Libero began in 2010 when our Founder Lauren Bersaglio shared her story on Facebook and it went viral. Lauren’s story includes struggles with an eating disorder, self-harm, and depression, which kept her trapped for many years. As others read and related to Lauren’s story, they wanted to be a part of the community she was building. Over the years, as more joined the community and began to share their stories and access Libero’s support, Libero expanded and grew into a thriving online magazine and community where people can share their stories, find support, and access resources for mental health and recovery. Read the story that started it all here.
OUR MISSION is to champion mental health and foster community through sharing stories and celebrating freedom.
OUR VISION is for a world free from stigma, where no one feels alone.
- Acceptance of self and others.
- Holistic health through balanced living.
- Proactivity in recovery.
- Freedom through self-expression.
Learn more in this video:
- Online Magazine (support-oriented writing)
- Ask an Expert Column (panel of medical professionals)
- Community Stories (sharing stories, voicing freedom)
- “Free from” photo project (celebrating freedom, fighting stigma)
- #StopFitspiration (promoting body positive fitness)
- Resources Database (helplines, recovery tools, books)
- Bloggers Network (sharing bloggers’ content)
- Contributors Community (community of our volunteer contributors)
Our Pillars: Hope, Love, Freedom.
Our pillars are the legs on which we stand.
We believe offering support is about spreading hope:
We believe every journey begins with hope. Recognizing hope exists is the first step towards freedom. Through our writing, and sharing the stories of others, our goal is to show hope is there and it is for everyone. Hope is what keeps us moving forward – trusting there are better things to come.
By fostering community, we promote love:
Love is essential: both love of self and love of others. So often what holds us back is a lack of self-acceptance, a lack of belief we deserve better. In order to break free, we must learn to love ourselves and show love to others. It is through love that we realize we are worthy of so much more.
Our goal is to break down stigma so we can live and walk in freedom:
Everything we do points towards freedom. We have hope for freedom, and love is what gets us there. We do not believe freedom is found only through “full recovery.” Freedom is found when we break through the walls of secrecy and shame that kept us trapped so we can own our stories and begin to thrive.
Support Our Work
- Make a donation:
If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please consider making a donation through our online donation form.
- Become a sponsor:
Do you own a business that likes to give back? Consider becoming a sponsor today. Please contact us to learn more.
- Brand partnerships:
We love collaborating! If you or your brand are interested in partnering with us, please contact us.
Share your story
Do you want to share your story with the Libero community? Visit: liberomagazine.com/share
Write for us
Are you interested in writing for our site? Submit a one-time guest piece or join our Guest Writers Mailing List to be a repeat contributor and stay updated on all our contributing opportunities. Visit: liberomagazine.com/submit
Join our Bloggers Network
Do you have a blog where you write often or occasionally on mental health or body image? Let us help you grow your audience and gain more exposure by joining the Libero Bloggers Network! It’s simple, send us your blog posts when they are published, and if they are a good fit for our site, we will republish them, giving you all the credit, of course! More exposure for you and more great content for the Libero readers–it’s a win win! Visit: liberomagazine.com/bloggers