You see, I kind of feel like my email inbox is an extension of my home.
If you’re like me, you hate it when people show up in your inbox unannounced.
Spam is still a major problem in 2020, and that’s why I include on my email sign-up forms a promise to never spam. Because I view spamming as not being considerate of people’s mental health.
Personally, I take great care to curate what is allowed into my inbox.
I subscribe to the view that you gave me permission to send you emails–and that permission can be revoked at any time.
I call it earning and maintaining your trust.
Because trust is absolutely critical if any mental health solution is going to be helpful or not.
I’ve had the best results with mental health professionals when they treat me like a human being and work to earn my trust. Almost everyone I’ve talked to about good mental health care has indicated the same thing, in some form or another.
All healing happens in relationships, whether those relationships are between individual and mental health professional, father and son, or two colleagues discussing life after a long day of work.
And so it goes with my decision to start a mental health newsletter.
It’s mass emails, but it’s also a very personal approach.
I invite readers to continue the conversation with me, and many of you have.
In fact, a common thread in the responses I get is that it doesn’t feel like I’m forcing my advice on others.
In fact, I hate the word advice. Advice implies that I know what you should do with your own life.
And nothing could be further from the truth.
You know your life best.
We just sometimes need that little oomph to get us going where, deep down, we know we’re already fully capable of going.
I believe that for you.
It’s why I write for hours and hours every single week.
One, because it’s a labor of love. And two, because we’re all in this together.
I get to share about a topic that I absolutely love–mental health.
And you get to teach me more than I can possibly give.
I mean this.
This is only the beginning of what I feel is a new, technologically grounded, way of discussing and navigating mental health issues.
I sure am glad you’re here.
However you found me, I’m glad you did.
May you enter 2021 with hope and good health.
And if you’re not there yet, because there are days when I’m certainly not, just know that there are others like you out there, learning to cope and improving their mental health in the best ways they know how.