The Mailman's Survival Guide
the Mailman's Blog
Hello dear reader, and welcome to my blog. Let me start by introducing myself, giving you some back ground on who I am, what my goals are, and why I feel raising awareness for the mental health community is so important.
My name is Darrell Smith, and I am a writer, pod caster and mental health advocate. I have suffered from depression, anxiety, and sensory processing disorder for most of my life. I am also a former postal worker who has a great interest in both science and science fiction. This explains the silly name of my podcast, The Mailman's Survival Guide To The Galaxy, a cast devoted to raising mental health awareness and letting people who struggle with mental illness know they are not alone.
After years of dealing with my mental illness alone and in silence, I finally found the help I needed through therapy and medication. Because of my inquisitive nature and insatiable "need to know" personality, I decided to educate about myself about my mental illness. While upon this quest for knowledge, I uncovered a shocking and disturbing fact. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4 people worldwide will suffer from some form of mental illness or neurological disorder throughout their life. Of these, 2/3 will never seek treatment.
This fact, along with the trials and tribulations that I dealt with alone and in silence for so many years, prompted me to take action. I felt that the most effective way for me to raise awareness and educate others was by sharing my story and struggles, and the stories of my guests through pod casting.
I am elated to say that since the inception of the cast, there have been over 10,000 downloads/plays and the numbers continue to grow. While this number truly humbles me (as I wondered if anyone would ever listen), my goal is to reach as many people as possible not only in the U.S. but also across the world. I also would like to travel across the world to do speaking engagements, and be involved in charitable events to raise mental health awareness. I know this seems ambitious, but a guy can dream :)
Well, I will wrap this first blog up by thanking you for taking the time to read this, and asking you to check out the cast. If you enjoy it, feel free to share it with your friends and neighbors. Also you can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mmsurvivalguide, or follow me on twitter @des2v1. If you have any stories, music, things that inspire you, or just want to say hi, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, and have a good day :)
Big D is a writer and host of The Mailman's Survival Guide Podcast. His goal is to raise awareness for the mental health community through writing, pod casting, and public speaking.