May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Guess what that means for me and the Roof? Yep. A friend on FB from an old mental health community I used to be a part of, gave the site a little plug, and I commented that I haven’t been there because it’s too daunting with a screen reader. I mentioned that I had thought about seeing if there was any autism info there, for my series. She commented back, telling me about May and my first thought was nooooo, I can’t do back to back awareness months. But…I feel drawn to it. Especially since I have some experience with mental health, and I have some time to plan.

Sooooo….I’d like to have more guest bloggers for this. You can write anonymously, as I know mental health is touchy. Obviously I would know, but I could post it anonymously. I really think that these things are so much better explained by people actualy living it. So, if you’ve had struggles with mental health, start thinking about whether you’d like to contribute, or if you have any good sources. You can always reach me by posting a comment and telling me not to post it. That’s one of the beauties of comment moderation.

Anything will do. Were you depressed at some point in your life? Did you seek help? Did you get through it on your own? Have you struggled with addiction? Did you have post partem depression? Have you been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health condition? Do you know someone with a mental health condition? The list goes on.

No one is obligated to write a guest post, and like I said, I can do it anonymously or I can link to you, etc. Just think about it.

I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into, what with the writing course and all haha! I will not do an awareness month for June hahaha!

Oh and I will be going into my own struggles with depression next month as well. I’ve talked a little about it here and there, but never really in one post, so I’ll be doing that too. Yikes. 🙂

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12 Responses to May is Mental Health Awareness Month

  1. LOL you are too funny! But great idea! Mental health needs way more positive awareness, too many people suffer in silence due to the stigma.

  2. Jeebers you’re a glutton for punishment aren’t ya. Maybe I can persuade a couple of people to write something.

    Keep your own sanity, Ro.

  3. Ro

    You’re absolutely right, Katrin. I think it’ll be another interesting month.

    Carin, actually doing stuff like this is really helpful for me. My self esteem has kinda tanked lately, so feeling like I make a difference, and that I’m good at something, is actually really helping my own mental health.

  4. I am so excited! You go girl! I have been on both sides of the chair. In our office right now we have started a group for women experiencing depression/anxiety. They refer to themselves as a ‘tribe’ and seriously I think they are gaining so much for just being there for each other. We throw in some ‘tools’ but a lot of it is knowing they are not alone. You are awesome!

  5. Ro

    Hmmmmmm……guest post from a mental health professional? Hehehe!

  6. Ro that’s another great idea. These posts are very informative.
    The guest posts are a great idea. I’ve always wanted to try them but never really did it properly.
    Maybe your one step ahead of me, but maybe you’d consider mentioning Clive’s blog for an autism post?
    http://assistdogautism.blogspot.com
    You won’t be disappointed!

  7. Anonymous

    I suffered from HORRIBLE depression in college… to the point of contemplating suicide. You know what saved me? My dog. (no kidding, it was ACTUALLY my DOG; true story)

  8. Ro, you really are an inspiration. You know my story. You’re welcome to take my “motherhood and depression” post wholesale, or I could write something else for you.

    I’ve been thinking about “coming out” about what I think is a current recurrence of depression symptoms, on my blog, and I’d be happy to write something for you too.

  9. Wow ro no rest for the wicked? Lol.

    While i do not have a mental health problem myself, it would be useful to learn about. That way we can look out for the signs etc that may accompany any condition.

    Take care, and great job.

  10. Ro

    Anonymous, I’m going to want to know more, if you’re comfortable. Obviosly none of us know who you are lol. Like I said in the post, I can just not publish comments, so think about it for May. Your story intrigues me.

    Sadia, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought of you as a guest blogger. Might even be theraputic to write something a blog your family isn’t as likely to read. I’d love to have something from you, especially since your story is so positive.

    Yeah, I’m glad I’m doing this. Sounds like this blog might just become an awareness month type of blog haha!!

  11. Ro, thanks for coming by Stella’s blog! I would definitely love to do a guest post on mental health. I could even do more than one since I’m both a professional and a consumer. Thanks so much for asking! This is exciting!
    Stella’s Mama, Jen

  12. Ro

    Yay!! That would be great to get more than one post. You could actually do three and talk about therapy dogs 😉 Unless of course that’s included in the professional part. I’m so glad Toby’s raiser posted about you! Go ahead and comment me with your email address and I won’t publish the comment, so your email isn’t floating around. Or, you can just write the posts in comments and I’ll paste them to a post, if you’re not comfortable giving me your email since we just met. 🙂

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