by Tom Cloyd - 2 min. read - (reviewed 2023-04-06:0245 PST)
YOU - IF…
We intend this site to be appropriate both for non-professionals and professionals interested in mental illness and mental health.
We also intend it to be appropriate both for those with diagnosed or diagnosable mental disorders and for the much larger group of individuals who are troubled from time to time with mental distress not grave enough to qualify them for professional help. We surely count ourselves in all these groups, as practically no one gets through life without personally experiencing mental illness, just as no one escapes physical illness. Both are a common part of human life.
We work to increase public access to mental health information that is TRUSTWORTHY and USEFUL, both for those seeking recovery from mental illness and those who want to increase and even optimize health they already have.
You can expect an active, ongoing effort to accomplish our primary goal, expressed above.
You can expect a strong attempt to achieve credibility in what we offer, by making clear the reasons for our assertions. We will refer at times to careful arguments in favor of certain strategies and tactics, and will seek always to stand on a foundation of the best research currently available, PLUS an honest evaluation of the quality of this research.
Frankly, that’s a lot to attempt, and is surely more than is either attempted or achieved on too many other websites discussing mental illness and mental health issues. There’s a good reason why they don’t do this: it’s serious work, and it requires training and substantial experience to winnow the good grain from the chaff, so to speak. It’s far easier just to write casually and hope that a pretty picture beside the text will induce belief. That’s not our game here at all.
Furthermore, because our process is overtly incremental, we will at times put up partially complete articles, and articles where the sources are not yet explicitly stated. We’ll do this to invite participation in article development and improvement. We’re necessarily a work in progress, both personally and on this website.
This is easy: contact us! We love hearing from site visitors.
Once again, just contact us. Know that, with your permission, if your contact results in some substantive site change or addition, we want to give credit. Of necessity, this is a group effort, and you can very easily become a part of the group!
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