Foreign Bodies is a mental health and storytelling newsletter centering the experiences of immigrants and refugees.
Look, I’ll be honest. I could really use your help.
Since I chose to become a full-time freelancer and writer, my every waking hour feels exorbitantly more precious (and expensive). But I made the choice to leave behind a “stable” income for this world of excitement and chaos, and that’s on me. The current state of the world is making that choice harder to embrace, as much as I’ve been loving the opportunities my newfound freedom has offered.
The truth is, as uncomfortable as it is to ask for money—and it truly is so uncomfortable—I’ve got to heed my own advice and ask to be paid for my work whether or not I have a reliable salary.
This newsletter isn’t going anywhere, and that’s because it’s become an extension of who I am, my love of diverse and personal storytelling and my hope for a de-stigmatized world for all of us.
In fact, I want to do more. I want to handle these subjects with even more care, set aside more time to research the best and latest resources available, pay the volunteers who’ve been helping and the many who’ve been wanting to help at least a sum for their help. I want to continue fostering this as a safe digital space for anyone feeling alienated in their battle with mental illness or discrimination, especially immigrants and refugees.
But again, I need your support.
Consider becoming a paying subscriber before 2021 for a 40% early supporter discount.
Become a Sustaining Member: Give beyond our standard rate and become a Foreign Bodies Sustaining Member, which gives you the full paid subscriber experience, a surprise gift and special mention on our website and newsletters. Just choose your price.
Another way to give more: send in one-time donations. If your gift exceeds any of the annual subscriber rates, we’ll automatically add you to our paying subscribers list so you never miss a beat. Just shoot us an email and let us know you’ve sent us a gift.
What do you get when you become a paying subscriber?
You have access to exclusive weekly roundups featuring immigrant storytelling, writing opportunities, resources, relevant mental health news and much more.
You have access to exclusive giveaways for books with personalized notes from immigrant authors.
You have the ability to participate in subscriber-only comments.
You have access to our public monthly issues.
You’ll be supporting us and helping touch a life or two through storytelling.
In detail: Each monthly newsletter is topped off with a personal essay on a particular immigrant experience, followed by research on its connection to mental health and well-being. You’ll get resources and insight, a compilation of additional #relatable stories, plus fun lil add-ons, such as expert Q&As and music videos. In addition to our monthly issue, we have a subscriber-exclusive weekly Monday Matter letter and host subscriber-only freebies and giveaways.
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Students (currently enrolled)
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Just don’t have the funds?
This newsletter was created to help fellow immigrants navigate their mental illness and feel a little less alone in this big bad world. So if you're a student, or if you find the cost in any way prohibitive, email me and we’ll figure something out.
If the newsletter isn’t really relevant to you…
While we hope the stories we share can connect with anyone, we appreciate any and all efforts to spread the word. Share with your friends, share on social media, help us reach the ones silently suffering or itching to tell their own untold narratives.
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