The People Behind Helpguide
We serve over 65 million people a year—free to all, and free of advertising or corporate influences. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones with information you can trust that will strengthen your emotional (and physical) heath, improve your relationships, and help you take charge of your life.
Our Helpguide Team
We are a dedicated team of seasoned mental health professionals, professional writers, and website developers, who collaborates in a face-to-face environment to ensure our information is current and accurate.
Founders and co-publishers
Robert Segal, M.A., Executive Director / Technical Director, has applied his creative and organizational talents to challenging endeavors throughout his many careers. He first specialized in aircraft identification systems, managing several complex projects used by the US Navy and Air Force. He then returned to school and earned a masters degree in Educational Psychology. He became fascinated with holistic health and organized two large community conferences in Los Angeles. For nine years, Robert was an active member of the board of directors for the California Community Foundation, an organization managing nearly 1,600 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. Robert believes blending collaboration, caring, and playfulness is the secret of his success. He gets joy from his marriage, classical music, golf, and savoring HelpGuide’s impact.
Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Editorial Director / Editor-in-Chief, is a sociologist, psychologist and writer who believes each of us has the capacity to make life better for ourselves and others. Passionate in her belief that improved mental and emotional health holds the key to this possibility, she looks for new and better ways to help people. Dr. Segal has been helping individuals and families for over 40 years as an innovator within the fields of emotional intelligence, holistic health, attachment, stress reduction, and relationships. She coordinated a series of conferences linking brain development to the emotional relationship between infants and their caretakers. She has written five books, which have been published in 13 languages. She loves creative challenges, music, reading, and working with her husband, Robert.
Melinda Smith, M.A., Senior Editor, has a master's degree in psychology and over 15 years experience as a health writer and editor. She is passionate about keeping up with the latest research and giving readers the facts they need to make better choices and take control of their mental health.
Lawrence Robinson, Senior Editor, has over 15 years experience writing for print and online publications, covering a wide range of subjects in the health and fitness fields. He is also a published author and has edited several books on psychology.
Adrian Tarango, Web Developer, has over 15 years experience in developing and optimizing websites and web applications. He's worked in industries ranging from accounting and document management to e-commerce and social media.
Greg Boose, Communications Specialist / Asst. Webmaster, has over 15 years experience as a writer and editor, covering a wide range of subjects in the health and lifestyle fields. He has extensive experience in information technology and is a published author of three books.
Hannah McMahon, Art Director, has over 10 years experience as a marketing manager and graphic designer. She’s owned her own small online retail business and has worked with many different industries including robotics, tech, health, and non-profits.
Beth Davies, Social Media Manager, has over 15 years of experience in media and counseling, currently specializing in family and relationship counseling. She loves her grandchildren, reading, walking, music and her dog, Homer.
About Morgan Segal
Helpguide is dedicated to Morgan Segal whose tragic suicide could have been avoided if she’d had access to better information and tools.
Morgan Leslie Segal was a middle child, the peacemaker. She was quiet and gentle with compassion that encompassed anyone and anything that was troubled or hurting.
In high school, she first found her voice as a writer for the school paper and yearbook staff. In her college years, she fell in love with the Spanish language and traveled to Washington, DC, as an intern for the Latino Congressional Caucus.
She visited a dozen countries with the Semester at Sea program. A year later, traveling with a friend, she backpacked through Eastern Europe indulging her talent as a photographer, taking intimate, detailed, and revealing photos of young and old alike.
In her mid-twenties, the life that was soaring began to falter. She changed her name to Morgan – "woman of the sea." She almost completed a graduate psychology program but decided she preferred writing and left to attend Sarah Lawrence College. Later, she became a feature writer for the USC Daily Trojan and a literary magazine.
Though Morgan continued to grow as a writer, she increasingly lost touch with herself and retreated from those who loved her, finally ending her life shortly after her 29th birthday.
About Morgan's Voice
After her death, we found her laptop computer containing a collection of her personal poems and stories. This led to the publication of Morgan's Voice.
"…She wrote whimsy as well as she wrote tense and somber drama, reflecting elements of herself, as a writer must, in such a way as to reveal both the light and the shadows that alternately brightened and darkened her soul. In this wonderful book her genius emerges in careful stages and we are at one with a soaring talent which, like a bird in flight, fell too soon to the earth below …" Al Martinez – Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Al Martinez – Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Click here to download a free PDF file that contains a complete copy of Morgan’s Voice