I’ve had a few people alert me now (thanks!) to the Blog for Mental Health 2013 campaign, and since blogging for mental health is already something I believe in (and do on a semi-regular basis) I thought I would make a mention of this campaign briefly.
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.
I have Bipolar Disorder type 1 as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and have struggled on and off for over ten years living with the symptoms of mental illness. I think it is important to be as open and honest as possible about what we experience and feel, not only to alleviate stigma but also to help others learn about themselves and grow as much as we do by sharing our stories. Being able to be ourselves means less stress, less anxiety, and less bullying. Less hardship all around really!
Rather than pass this pledge on to five blogs, I’d prefer to take the route of saying that I urge each and every one of you to take the pledge if you blog about mental illness. Put it out there! Put into writing what you feel and why you feel it. Pass it on to others, and help tear down some walls.