Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mental Health Month and My Community

Today is the start of the 2010 Mental Health Month! I am so excited for all the things we will hopefully achieve this month. One of them is raising awareness and dispelling the stigma attached to mental illness.

If you have been reading my blog for the past few weeks you might have seen my posts about the #mhsm Twitter chat. It has connected me with so many wonderful people. I have never met them but we share so much despite all our differences. Different path have brought us together and we all have had different struggles but somehow we have come together in the online world united by a common goal:

Raising Awareness and Fighting the Stigma

I started this blog a few years ago as a means for me to have a way to express myself. I took several breaks (usually when things started getting better for us). Then, because of another difficult time, I remembered this blog and started again. By then I had started working a job that very much promotes social media use for its employees. Had it not been for this job I would have never started using twitter and I would have had a much harder time staying on track and finding people.

My blog has not only connected me to people online but has also had a small effect on those around me. Since I also post about my blog posts on facebook there are a lot of people I know in person that have read and are reading my blog (HI everyone :D). People have come up to me and have shared their feelings on mental health and how it is treated in society. The overall consensus from the people I have talked to is that they wish it was talked about just like any physical illness.

I am still only starting out on this journey but I cannot see where it will take me. I hope you will come along for the ride and join me. If you are looking for an easy way to get started and to participate in #mhm2010 check out

This post is my May entry in the Health Activist Blog Carnival. If you're interested in participating too, you can read all about it here:


AmyK said...

I am so glad to see your post, what a great way to kick off mental health month. It is a real pleasure to be on this journey with you! I find that the journey is a lot more interesting and enjoyable with the connections and support of those I meet along the way. I am so happy to be getting to know you through #mhsm and in our efforts for #mhm2010!

Nice work spreading the word.

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