I started out using twitter and thought of it as a fun little toy. Nothing too serious and just another way to keep up with people. Little by little I started to realize what a powerful tool I had discovered. It makes finding like-minded people so much easier. And unlike fb it is much easier to add people based on their interests and commonalities without 'knowing' them. FB in a way is still much more personal.
Once I realized all of this I started looking for people. And people started finding me. I have 'met' some amazingly strong and inspiring men and women thanks to twitter. People who have the ability to convey so much within the 140 character limit set by twitter (and in their work outisde of twitter). People who are working on the same goal as me of trying to break the stigma of mental illness. People who share their own struggles in order to help others and to help themselves. People from all over the world.
It is so empowering to know that eventhough we all have different struggles, we still have a lot in common. One thing that I am looking forward to now every weeks is the #mhsm chat on Tuesdays at 9PM CST. For those unfamiliar with twitter the hashtag (#) is a searchable item and mhsm stand for 'Mental Health, Social Media'. I am just getting started out in this new endouver but I hope to be of help to people and maybe even inspire others in a small way.
So if you are on twitter come follow me and if you are not, maybe it is time to get started.