Who The Heck Are You?

Hello! In addition to representing myself as a stick figure called Emotional Support Lady, I am also Allison Raskin. I’m a New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, (mostly) former YouTuber and big time mental health advocate. Despite starting my career off in the comedy space, in the the last few years I have turned my focus onto all things mental health. Managing my mental health has always been a big part of my life. I was diagnosed with OCD at age four, and after talking about it on the internet for a few years, I realized there is so much value in sharing our stories to help others feel less alone and defeat damaging stigmas. So that’s what I’m trying to do here: create a safe space and community where we can talk about mental health and provide support for each other. Because if there is one thing I know, it’s that we are not meant to do things alone.

Although I am in the process of getting my master’s in psychology from Pepperdine University, I am not a licensed therapist. I am simply a human doing my best. My goal for this platform is to share what I have learned from my own lived experience and my time as a grad student. I’ll also be interviewing a bunch of mental health professionals and friends and family for my podcast about their views on how to navigate this thing called life in a healthy and adaptive way. This is basically a one-stop-shop for any and everything related to mental health—which, coincidentally, turns out to be most things!

What Can I Expect?

This Substack will contain free content that is available to anyone who subscribes and additional content for paid subscribers. As a free subscriber, you will get access to my weekly blog every Tuesday. And, as a paid subscriber, you will alternate between getting an ESL podcast episode or an interactive advice column on Thursdays! The subscription fee is $5/month and you can cancel at any time. (Although I hope you won’t want to!)

I started Emotional Support Lady to foster community. So I don’t just want this Substack to be a platform where you come to consume my content in a vacuum. I also want it to be a community where you can freely share and interact with each other. The emotional support flows many ways here—and I am so thankful for all of you for making that possible!

So Should I Sign Up?

I think so—although I am definitely biased!

Subscribe now for free to get a taste of my work or upgrade to a paid subscriber to get access to all of it. This is a safe space for people who care about prioritizing their mental health and other people’s feelings. There are also a lot of amateur cartoons.

So glad you’re here!