“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.”
Anyone who has been following this blog for a while knows that I suffer from depression and that I’m an advocate for suicide prevention. I’ve blogged about both extensively amid the other stuph I post which I deem funny.
I’m not sure where I found it first, but I came across a blog called A Canvas of the Minds. You might have seen them mentioned on Twitter, Facebook, or even other blogs as people are talking about the launch of the Blog For Mental Health 2014 campaign. A Canvas For the Minds is a blog where discussion of mental health is prominent. They are doing their part to raise awareness about mental health, with the end goal being to remove the stigma attached to mental illness.
I’ve posted on multiple blogs about my dance with depression. It is a cruel, evil bitch that saps all of my energy, leaves me tired and exhausted, but won’t let me sleep. It takes me on emotional rollercoaster rides I did not stand in line for. It sometimes makes me behave in ways I normally wouldn’t. It swings my moods all around like a revolving door. It sometimes leaves me weeping without truly comprehending why.
I will be flying the Blog For Mental Health flag this year, not only to raise awareness about mental health, but for suicide, too, as mental illness is associated with roughly 90% of suicides. Suicide, as most of my long-time followers know, is something near and dear to me, and has been a part of my life in some form or another over the past 16 years.
A Canvas For the Minds has asked for the introductory post to perhaps detail a bit about my dealings with depression. I have done that many times, so instead of regurgitating it all here, I’ll take you on a little trip through the blogosphere (a whole new wooooooooooorld!) where I have posted regarding my bouts with depression.
I don’t blame you if you don’t click on all of those links. That’s a lot to digest. Just know that I was diagnosed with depression when I was 13, was treated for about a year or two, then dismissed the fact that I even had it until about a year and a half ago, to the detriment of my second marriage. Both mothers of my children have mental illness in their families so the chances my children develop a mental illness of some sort is extremely probable. So I need to stay vigilant and support this cause not only for myself, but for my children as well. I need them to know it’s okay to talk about it and ask for help if they feel they need it.
Even if you don’t suffer from mental illness, chances are someone you know does. Well, you know, besides me. So someone else you know does. Anyhow, this is a very noble and worthy cause to support. Many people suffer in silence because they’re afraid to admit there’s something wrong inside of them, and it just shouldn’t be that way. I encourage you to check out A Canvas Of The Minds and support them and any other sites which promote mental health awareness.