Preshies. Preshing down on me, preshing down on you.
Bum bum ba ye / Bum bum ba ye / B-b-bum bum ba ye
In Praise of Efficiency and Preshies
So for the past few years, there has been a Facebook group devoted to letting listeners of my former show meet up, talk about issues mentioned on the show, and basically form a community of like-minded souls interested in mental health issues. I’ve stayed active in the group even after the show ended because the people are good and I wanted them to hear what was going on with my path and new program. I figured if my former employer wasn’t going to stay with them, I would. And I did.
Since it’s named after the former show and not the current one, I couldn’t really promote the group so I suggested, and there was a lot of agreement to change the name to something related to Depresh Mode. Problem was, my former employer still controlled the group and they saw it as an extension of their brand. Thus, a name change would have to go through the head of podcasting there and the legal department. Having attempted to deal with those people for the last year, I had little faith. I hated the idea of having to drag people over to an entirely new Facebook group all while trying to also drag them over to a new show.
So yesterday, I mentioned to Stacey at Max Fun, the social media person there, that I was interested in finding out what was involved with starting a whole new group for fans of the new show to get together and hang out. Friends, she had that biz up and running in a matter of minutes. Minutes! I figured it would take months. But when you work with a small company where people are empowered to make decisions and take actions, well, you get stuff done.
Thus I hereby invite you to Preshies, a Facebook group. It’s moderated by member-volunteers and I’m an admin of it. It belongs to us. It’s a better world. It’s not called My Preshies because I don’t own the Preshies, plus the phrase “my preshies” conjures to mind an obsessiveness with jewelry that might come off unpalatable.
If we do an episode on finding a therapist, you might find that topic over there. If a member is interested in TMS treatment, others can chime in with their knowledge and experience. If someone is having a breakthrough, it’s a place they can share the great news.
So join up! I’ll meet you over there!
Such an exciting Monday to come
For everyone. Yes, everyone.
Monday begins our Max Fund Drive, which is the way we are able to have a podcast. We don’t charge to listen to the pod or to read this newsletter. It all comes down to supporting us during the drive. You’ll be able to make a donation, say, ten bucks a month, and get the following things:
The knowledge that you made something positive happen in the world
Bonus content, including a TV writers panel about mental health in the industry, featuring Rachel Bloom from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and…
Commentary track episode with Judge John Hodgman where we watch and remark upon DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, the silliest and most monster-dense of the classic Japanese monster movies
ME: What’s that other word for big Japanese monsters?
So donate starting Monday. Don’t do it today. Do it then so you can get prizes.
Oh and we have a new episode on Monday! With Peter Sagal! Featuring Jesse Thorn!
Mental Health Resume accent mark pronounced like rezzoomay
I’m really frustrated by the demands of that little accent mark because it’s hard to make happen on my keyboard and other wise you get “resume” which means something else also.
CV. Job and education list paper.
Anyway, this tweet got a lot of attention, I think because people realized it was a good idea.
You’re paying for that session so why not maximize it, right? And this article says it’s a pretty good idea:
Michi Fu, PhD, a psychologist at Garfield Health Center in Los Angeles, tells Health that a pre-prepared, detailed list like this would help her learn about a new patient's history. She says she'd probably use it as an initial conversation starting point, in combination with the intake paperwork that she has her patients fill out before treatment.
But a patient-made resume isn't something she'd primarily rely on. "Experiences may vary greatly between individuals," Fu explains. "For example, the impact of witnessing intimate partner violence can be different depending on the duration, intensity, frequency, type of violence, etc. so it would be important to clarify the points on an already-prepared detailed list."
I’m starting a small business and am a small business
As plans for Depresh Mode started coming together, I took a look at the various venues I’ve been working on over the last few years related to mental health: podcasting, giving speeches, and writing books. And I hoped to add some element of consulting (rather than straight-up creative) to that effort. So I filed to have an LLC and make a business of which I am the sole employee.
And I’ve run across a bit of math that I wasn’t expecting: if I do nothing to promote the products related to the business, the business will fail. But if I work around the clock on promoting and advancing the business (and there would be tasks to fill 24 hours in a day), I will break. To give the employee rest is to steal from productivity but to work harder is to steal from humanity.
It’s not that I LOVE the movie Titanic
… but I’ve always admired it’s execution of intention. It set out to be a gigantic melodrama and it did that very, very well. This guy gets it.