Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions. We have lost the art of connection and relationship, and it’s killing us.

Odds are good that you have a loved one or friend whose struggle with addiction, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, or self-injury stems from loneliness. Maybe it’s you. Perhaps you’re feeling depressed or anxious, struggling with compulsive behavior, or simply questioning whether you are truly seen, loved, and valued. The culprit could well be that you’re lonely. Dr. Mark Mayfield understands the crisis well, as it led to him nearly taking his own life as a teen. As a board-certified counselor, he has built a reputable counseling practice on the forefront of brain science and attachment therapies, dedicating his life to helping adults and adolescents confront their feelings of isolation and alienation. He is relied upon by new and experienced counselors for training, and he has become an anchor and guide for community leaders, educators, and faith leaders.

When you read and apply the practices in The Path out of Loneliness, you’ll develop habits that move you from isolation to connection. You’ll learn the importance of attachment, the art of connection, the power of relationships, the priority of personal responsibility, the gift of vulnerability, and the vision of God, who knew from the beginning that it’s not good for us to be abandoned to ourselves. This book will guide you, the people you love, and the community you live in toward a richer, fuller, healthier life.

Though each chapter can act as a stand-alone chapter, I would advise you to read the book in its entirety. Every chapter will build upon the previous chapter, providing a comprehensive practical framework of support. It is my hope and prayer that you will be empowered and equipped to be a part of the solution for those struggling with suicidality and that this book would ultimately save lives.

The inspiration for this book stems from the deep desire I have to see teenagers thrive. I write this book to share hope and information that can possibly be a lifeline to those dealing with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Many times when we are faced with a dire situation we want someone to tell us what to do so that the situation will be fixed. In essence we want an A+B=C formula. But this is not how the world works. The content of this book, though thorough and informative, is not a simple formula that will fix every situation.

Instead this book is meant to be a practical guide for you to support teenagers who struggle with self-harm or suicidal thoughts. It can also be used as a resource to support a neighbor, a family member, or a friend who has a struggling teenager.

Your future can be better than your present.

"This is probably the best therapy experience I’ve had. I feel heard and understood, but also challenged to change my habits and actions. I have been given tangible strategies and help to change."

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The Therapist's Invitation

Dr. Mayfield and Trever Shirin discuss the importance of honest conversation about subjects that we often avoid. The goal of these conversations are to equip our listeners to have more meaningful conversations and to begin to think about the next steps in developing meaningful relationships, conversations, and growing as individuals who are willing to listen to others and help those around them.