The How-To Heretic

A User's Guide to Life Beyond Religion

Whether you're just thinking about leaving your religion, or you're a dyed-in-the-wool decades-long atheist, your audio uncles Mark and Dan are here to help. With the aid of wise friends and experts in all sorts of fields, The How-To Heretic Podcast will guide you through the scary worlds of heathen living, and make sure you have fun in your new heretical life! We're here for you, friend; so kick off your shoes and join us!


Heretics! If you’re hurting or contemplating doing something drastic, DON’T! Please stick around and live the amazing life we know is in store for you! The fine people at the links below are ready and able to help you through your rough patch. And even if you aren’t feeling suicidal, but the haters have you up a tree, there are links below for legal and moral help in defending yourself. Whatever your situation, THERE IS HELP! THERE IS NO SHAME! Take advantage of it and get on with your awesome damned life! 

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

If you are feeling suicidal or desperate call the U.S. and Canadian national suicide prevention hotlines, it’s the same number.


Wikipedia list of international suicide prevention hotlines for our overseas listeners.

List of Suicide Crisis Lines (Wikki)

If you a current or former member of the US armed services and feeling desperate or suicidal, please call the Military Helpline.

How to connect with a secular mental health professional in the U.S.

LGBTQ+ All Ages

Find the nearest LGBTQ+ center anywhere in the world using the Center Link online directory.

If you are trans and feeling desperate or suicidal call the Trans Lifeline.

U.S.  1-877-565-8860

CANADA  1-877-330-6366


LGBTQ+ Youth

For our young LGBTQ+ listeners in the U.S. feeling suicidal or desperate call the Trevor Project 24 hours a day.


GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in K-12 school environments free from bullying and harassment.

It Get's Better Project communicates to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and inspires the changes needed to make it better for them.

Legal Resources

If your legal right to be free from belief is being violated contact the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

In addition to freedom from religion issues, if your freedom to be who you and your free expression is being violated contact the American Civil Liberties Union.

If you are in the the U.S. military and your right to be free of from mandatory religious participation is being violated contact the the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

If you are Mormon and you have decided that you want to resign, using QuitMormon eliminates most or all unwanted contact and gets you resigned much quicker than resigning on your own.

Abuse or Assault

If you are a child who is being abused or if you are an adult who knows of one please contact CHILDHELP (And if you are that adult call 911 - stand up, don’t be complicit!).


If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault in the U.S., call the RAINN hotline to get immediate help in your area.

For survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy contact S.N.A.P.

If you are a good person who is not in need of these amazing services at the moment, please consider giving them your money or your time. There is a tremendous amount of pain and loneliness in the wake of religion, we all need to do what we can.