I am joining the project to Blog for Mental Health 2013, a project speared-headed by the wonderful A Canvas Of The Minds, where some good friends of mine hang out and come up with brilliant material on mental health issues. I realise this is the second campaign I’ve joined in a week (the other one you can check out on Still Standing Up To Stigma), but I see them as both being important and want to be part of both. Also when my good friend Ruby pledged me, I just knew I wanted to get involved.
Blog for Mental Health 2013 is catching on like wildfire. Everyone wants to be part of it and that’s fantastic to see so many bloggers committed to talking about mental health. So here’s what you need to know: This is not an award, but rather an exciting project to get a community of mental health bloggers to show that they are proud of their lives, that they are writing for themselves as well as for those who have not yet found their voices, that they are ensuring no one ever has to feel alone when dealing with mental illness. For me, those are some excellent reasons to be a part of this.
The badge that goes with this project, is designed by Lulu and you’ll see that repeated over on the right of this screen.
The next task is to take the pledge, and therefore:
I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.
Step three is a short biography about my mental health and what it means to me.
My mental health tends to revolve around labels such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Depression with frequent visits of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders. That said, labels don’t actually mean much to me apart from a way for me to identify reasons for some of my behaviours, thoughts and feelings. I am me, I have a mental illness, and to me, that’s what matters.
Mental illness makes achieving mental health harder than usual. There are extra bridges to cross, there is stigma to face, and there are battles to win. But it is possible.
The mental illnesses that I have are with me for life (BPD is part of my personality) but I view myself as having mental health when I can manage the symptoms and live the life that is important to me. Right now, I’m doing that and it makes me happy. It doesn’t mean that there are no struggles, but it does mean I can enjoy mental health just as much as the next person down the street.
Am I crazy? Probably. Is it ‘all in my head’? Absolutely, that’s where my brain resides. Is it easy? No, it’s damn hard but living this way is so much more fulfilling than the life I barely existed in over years past.
Being part of this project is important to me, because I know how hard it is to live in this society where mental illness is not seen as okay. I want to do my bit to spread the word that it is totally okay. I not only want to make life easier for other people who have mental illness, but I also want to contribute a message that prepares our world to be more accepting of mental illness in the future. May the next generation not have to fight with stigma. May they be able to find the acceptance and peace they deserve.
Was that short? Probably not. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. The final step is to pledge five bloggers who have “proven their mettle in my eyes as mental health bloggers”. Hmm. Actually this is a bit that I find hard. I know that it is a way to get other bloggers involved, but personally I don’t want bloggers I could pledge to feel somewhat obligated. I know obligation is not the intention, but I also know how easy it is for some of us to feel obligated.
So I’m not going to pledge any, except to say that if you write about mental health, even just some of the time (like me) then please consider getting on board with this project. I honestly believe the more we all speak out about mental health, then the better place we create for ourselves and others to live with mental illness. So check out the initial post – Blog for Mental Health 2013 and get involved.
One final note from A Canvas of the Minds, if you are getting on board…
“we are launching a Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll! So, in addition to linking back to the person who pledged you, please include the link to the original post in your piece. As this gets passed along, link back or click here and leave a comment containing the link to your pledge, and we will put you on our Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll page!”
Show the world our strength, show them our solidarity, show them what we are made of. Take the Blog for Mental Health pledge and proudly display the badge on your blog!
“Sometimes the world is so much sicker than the inmates
of its institutions.”
― Joanne Greenberg, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden