With so many bloggers who write about and share their personal experiences with mental health issues to try to help others cope and who try to combat stigma by sharing information to increase awareness, I was stunned and thrilled to find out–by way of a tweet from Australia Counselling last week– that my blog was selected as one of the top 34 bloggers from around the world who advocate for mental health and wellness! Knowing that my blog is recognized on the other side of the world — or as I fondly refer to as Down Under (as I have desired to live there ever since I first fell in love with the country in 1997…and I have been back there twice since, most recently this time last year and I think I even passed by the Australia Counselling location on Macquarie Street in Sydney then!) — means more to me than words can describe.
I have been blogging since February 2009 and though my posts are less frequent these days, I am determined to keep this blog going for an indefinite period of time because my mission is to try to make a positive difference and try to help others in a way that I would’ve liked to have received myself (but didn’t) during my scary battle with postpartum depression in 2005. Since my own personal experience was 10 years ago, my story has since been shared numerous times via numerous venues. But I will continue to make it a mission to get my thoughts out there via social media when I see ignorance rear its ugly head by way of untrue statements and preventable tragedies.
I also want to help motivate others to share their own experiences and chip away at stigma and show the world that depression and other mental health issues are serious issues that need treatment just like any other physical illness needs treatment. Illnesses of the mind are not made up. People should not avert their eyes in the face of mental illness. People should not turn away from those who need help, like the instance in Edinburgh I blogged about last night. We need more voices to stop being afraid to speak up. We can succeed at de-stigmatizing mental illness….one survivor, one blogger, one social worker, one therapist at a time. Since social media is such a powerful tool to help carry messages far and wide with just a few clicks, it is critical that we get even more people blogging about their personal experiences and spreading awareness and knowledge as possible. Please click here to check out the other blogs on this top 34 list.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Australia Counselling, for the honor of being among one of your top 34 mental health bloggers. I am most humbled and honored to receive such a wonderful recognition!