The Secret Postcard Society

The Secret Postcard Society, a collective of creatives that includes musicians, a poet and a photographer, is opening up a conversation about mental health in their community.

 

After realizing how many people he knew who personally struggled with addiction, trauma and mental illness, Drew Foote decided he wanted to create more than just a band.

 

“We believe that everyone has lies that they believe about themselves that they’re unworthy of something, whether it’s lies that you feel like you’re unworthy of unconditional love or you’re unworthy of having significance,” says Foote. “And so, it’s our vision to see a world full of people that are free from those lies of shame to live life full.”

 

The stigma surrounding therapy and medication can cause some to step around the topic of mental health . But the Secret Postcard Society is turning the tables, and instead of keeping their struggles with mental health and anxiety a secret, the artists in the group are open and honest about their experiences.

 

“Vulnerability is really a big part of what we create, because we believe that where vulnerability is in our creativity and our storytelling, through our music and through our poetry and through our photography and eventually through our art when we find an artist to join the team, that where vulnerability is in our creativity there’s where true connection is,” explains Foote.

 

By opening up about their own pain, the artists in the Secret Postcard Society create a welcoming community that shows others they’re not alone and their struggles shouldn’t be kept a secret. Which is why the name of the group is so interesting. Amanda Trice, a singer and musician, kept the name, the Secret Postcard Society, in her back pocket for a long time.

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“As a kid and young teen, I collected postcards, and I had this idea to send them out to people and invite them to a party, but no one would know who was hosting; it would be an anonymous, super cool event that people would just show up to and enjoy themselves, and I would call it the Secret Postcard Society,” explains Trice. “That obviously, never happened, but I thought it also would be a really cool band name.”

 

The idea that sparked the name for Trice fits into the mission and vision the group has now like a puzzle piece.

 

“We’re here to have a good time and to bring light,” says Trice. “We’re here to be an encouraging presence, and I hope that that’s something that comes across.”

 

As of now, the Secret Postcard Society includes six members: Foote, Trice, Kaycee Gateley, Noah Graves, Reymark Franke and Jacob Jasper. Foote, Trice, Gately, Graves and Franke are all in the band, while Gately also does poetry for the group and Jasper does photography.

 

While music and poetry are their main forms of reaching people to let them know they’re not alone, the Secret Postcard Society also values the connections they make with those who come to their shows and invites those who are struggling to connect with them after their shows. They’re truly trying to build a community with the power to break the stronghold that mental illness has on so many people’s lives.

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“I’ve struggled with addiction in my past, I’ve struggled with mental health issues like bipolar disorder and really heavy depression, I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts in the past, and the only thing that’s gotten me through is the ability to connect with others, to be vulnerable and to tell people that I’m not okay,” says Foote. “Because my biggest fear was that if I showed people who I really was, the depression, the anxiety, all these different things, that people would look down on me and hate me or think less of me, but when I connected with people I found that it was the opposite; people loved me and people cared for me and that connection was what was needed for healing and for hope to find healing and to look for it.”

 

The Secret Postcard Society, while only just created in February, has a significant amount of goals and plans for what their future as an artistic group will look like. Not only are they hoping to find a live artist to join them on stage, but they’re also looking forward to releasing an EP within the next year as well as finding a nonprofit that aligns with their vision.

 

“The goal is to have this collective of artists, and then what we want to do is have a percentage of all of our revenue go toward helping people actually finding freedom.” says Foote.

 

The group posts all of their upcoming shows on their Facebookpage as well as their Instagram page. Foote also says that if you’re an artist who wants to be part of this mission, definitely reach out and message the group on Facebook or Instagram.

 

“We’re living proof that it’s okay to struggle and to use that struggle for meaning,” says Foote. “They don’t have to feel like because they struggle that their life is worthless; they can take their pain and they can take their struggle and they can create meaning from it through creativity and through storytelling because there are other people that need to know that they’re not alone.”

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Images courtesy of the Secret Postcard Society