'They're not alone': Brittany Snow says her mental health book 'September Letters' helps readers 'feel connected'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: With heartfelt intention, co-author Brittany Snow expects her latest mental health book, published by HarperCollins, to reach and support a wide range of individuals in need. The ‘X’ star wrote ‘September Letters: Finding Strength and Connection in Sharing Our Stories’ with Jaspre Guest, founder of branding and PR agency Noise 784. The book is a collection of inspirational essays and mantras and in a way an extension of their online mental health platform launched in 2020.
“We wanted to build a place that was safe, where people could feel connected. We spent almost nine months doing back-to-back Zooms with experts. I felt like I went to a mental health university. It was important to us that there are some tangible, easy takeaways and exercises in the book,” shared Guest. The online platform is overseen by editorial director Stacey Lindsay, which now comprises profiles, stories exploring happiness, and additional mental health resources.
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'It was the first time that I put words and feelings to something'
The 37-year-old confessed that she was not sure to ask her celebrity friends like Kid Cudi and Anna Camp to contribute, “I’m bad at asking for favors. It makes me hot and anxious. I hate it.” Snow was in for a sweet surprise after they agreed and expressed their experience most powerfully, “They came back with these incredible letters from their soul. They were doing it at first as a favor, but it was a therapeutic exercise that they got a lot out of,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Snow shared what led to the writing 'September Letters', “When I was a teenager, I found an article in a magazine. It was the first time that I put words and feelings into something that I was going through. I heard my story in her words, and I ripped out that article and I kept it in my back pocket for months as a symbol of hope that there was someone who had overcome what I was going through,” she explained.
'Selena Gomez had a great [film, My Mind and Me] that came out'
According to Snow, the pair wants to take this further. “Selena Gomez had a great [film, My Mind and Me] that came out recently, and thank gosh for that. … But we also need people not in Hollywood talking about their stories. They’re just as important and need to be showcased. The more that people are open and honest with their stories, the more people will realize they’re not alone. There is an answer and there is hope,” said Snow.