Next, an introduction to the Blog for Mental Health project:
“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 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.”
This is an important issue to me because it’s something I deal with personally: I have a diagnosis of bipolar II mood disorder. I also was in treatment recently for PTSD– although I haven’t been formally diagnosed with complex PTSD, I think that’s a more fitting paradigm and I appreciate Rae once again for bringing my attention to this issue.
The stigma doesn’t need to continue. There are plenty of us who are managing much like anyone would with any other health condition. Yet I know what it’s like to be stigmatized, and I really did experience such at the last blogging platform I was on– so I’d like to help bring attention to this cause.
stephrogers – this badge immediately reminded me of her, as she sees great significance in the rainbow as an expression of personality and essence of being. (It’s more than just a political-social statement.) We had a great discussion on Color Personality Theory.
Aussa Lorens – she works in a psych ward, and she’s keepin’ it real. No, really, the first comment I made on her blog was saying that she IS telling things realistically as I’ve been there. She still describes patients with dignity and respect– it’s some of her co-workers that are the real cray cray 😉 If you haven’t read her grand stories yet, head on over!
samara may be over in NYC, but she’s still mah hip-hop homegirl, and shown much love to Cimmy and I. She gets this issue for a number of reasons– her Freshly Pressed IS THERE A PROBLEM IN YOUR FAMILY? is but one of them.
Le Clown and the Black Box Warnings blog– Eric cares. Le Clown’s got swagger, but Eric is for real and he cares. Thanks again, man. UPDATE: Feb. 7, 2014: Eric Robillard has been outed for narcissistic and sexually predatory behavior. Although I am upset that I had been deceived, there has been some really good posts that came about because of things coming to light.
Death of Le clown: A case study in the pathology of a predator by Gabriel at Life of A Fallen Angel is an excellent breakdown of how human predators work, and I highly recommend reading it.
There are so many others that it would take me a long time to list them all– if you think I might be referring to you, I probably am!
Dealing with mental illness is a Hero’s Journey. Help me bring this issue out of the darkness and into the light. Things are better than they once were (if the stories aren’t mine, they’ve been told to me by others) but there’s still a lot of road to travel yet.
I think this post actually qualifies for today’s Day 12 challenge for Zero to Hero– From comment to blog post — be inspired by the community— but I will come back to where I left off, and probably come back to it again.
EDIT: Just a quick bonus, here’s our family parody on the Double Rainbow viral video: