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Journey out of the darkness, into the light (Blog For Mental Health 2014)


First of all, a shout-out to Calamity Rae for letting me know about this: Thank you, and thank you again for all your support!

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.”

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Want to learn more about Blogging for Mental Health 2014? Click on the image above.

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.

Other shout-outs:

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 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:

 I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!

Author: jaklumen

Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me- the username is still unique as of the current year. Be aware that the facet you see, is only a small part of the me that is me.

6 thoughts on “Journey out of the darkness, into the light (Blog For Mental Health 2014)

  1. Well well well. Imagine my surprise to pop on over here to check in and not only do you have a new theme but I’ve been given a shout out. Thanks Jak! I’m glad to see you’re on board with this project, I just read about it over at Calamity Rae as well. Also– I really do appreciate your feedback on the things I write about work (okay, not so much the coworkers, we all know they’re nuts) and our patients. I never ever want to appear disrespectful or as though I am writing them as an “other.”
    Thanks! And way to stick with Zero to Hero so far…. you and Cimmy are killin’ it, I wouldn’t have made it!


    • You’ve given me courage to speak out about things I felt too scared to speak about before– especially ones that deal with mental health.

      That’s no small feat.

      Keep doing what you do– seriously, I’ve met so many putzes and schmucks from my time in the field– and I wish there were more like you. I’ve met some like you, but there isn’t enough such folks to go around. We need more realness, and love. (Keep sticking it to your putzy and schmuckish co-workers, by the way.)


  2. hey 🙂 great post! i was just wondering, what other platform did you use where you found a lot of trouble? i ask because each time i write a post, i do wonder if this will be the day that i start getting negative, scary comments. but instead it’s been a really positive, supportive time here at wordpress. good luck with everything and i look forward to reading! 🙂


    • VOX (which closed down September 30, 2010), and LiveJournal.

      WordPress is a good community. There’s still a share of malcontents and users that troll (that’s troll as in the fishing technique, not the Scandinavian monster of folklore that’s vulnerable to fire), but overall, it’s a very good community. I’ve met a lot of bloggers that are very supportive on this issue and others, actually.


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