We hold space for those leaving their faith:
1) Our PODCAST hosts, Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin, interview special guests with diverse, life-changing exoduses away from oppressive forms of Christianity.
2 ) Our ONLINE COMMUNITY connects individuals deconstructing their faith with others experiencing the same conflicts and victories in a secured Facebook group (no one outside the group can see members or view their posts).
Brady Hardin messaged a handful of select friends—some he had not seen in over seven years—because he wanted to give a voice to people, like himself, who have made major exoduses from their faith. His friends agreed, and Chuck Parson became the no-brainer perfect co-host.
After scrapping the first attempt, the co-hosts recorded the first official episode of The Life After Podcast, which began with a overview of Brady’s faith deconstruction story followed by Chuck’s. They began interviewing their friends and people they met through the show in the following episodes.
Brady’s original message thread pitching the podcast evolved as the podcast grew. The friends used it to message one another for advice, venting, and discuss their previous, religious lives.
As the podcast grew, the hosts realized offering a place to communicate like they had in the message thread could help other people who are deconverting from their faith. They created the Discussion Group & Community as a secret Facebook group for their fans and others who qualify (Go to our Community page for more info), and it is has continued to be very helpful for those deconstructing oppressive faith.
OUR MAIN POINTS
You’re not alone. Weird religious shit happens often, but many decide to stay silent out of fear of losing their community, among many other reasons. Whether you put on headphones to listen in secret or you are a proud member of our online community, we want you to be well, especially if you’re experiencing symptoms of Religious Trauma Syndrome. Oppressive religion often discourages professional therapy, but we want to destigmatize that. Paired with appropriate help, our podcast and community can help you deconstruct your faith and rebuild your life without dogma.
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an audio recording attached.
Mental Health &
Professional Help Resources
Learn about Religious Trauma Syndrome: (RTS) is a function of both the chronic abuses of harmful religion and the impact of severing one's connection with one's faith and faith community. It can be compared to a combination of PTSD and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD).
Find a Therapist: Search by insurance, sliding scale, clinical issues, gender, location, etc.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). They recommend free or low-cost treatment options.
The Secular Therapy Project: Want to make sure you’re getting a therapist who isn’t going to push a religious worldview? Check them out here.
211: They provide more mental health resources.
Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You are never alone.
DrugRehab.com: They provide information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related conditions.
Our Mental Health Awareness Resources
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