Did you check out my interview series, Meet the Blogger?
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” – Virginia Woolf
When I first became a blogger, I had no idea what was in store for me. I wanted to write, and create content, and share my ideas with people. But I was missing one critical piece of the puzzle that I discovered as time went on.
Blogging is about community. Not only that, but it is a damn good community to be a part of. I have met some of the most encouraging and supportive and knowledgeable people via different social media platforms and blogging groups.
They’ve taught me that I absolutely have what it takes to be not just an adequate blogger, but a good one. That I can help others if I just stay consistent and keep learning.
One of the reasons I started my Meet the Blogger series a few months back was to be able to learn as much as I could from people around me that I share this blogging space with. I knew that if I reached out and asked for advice, they would be kind enough to deliver.
I want to thank everyone who participated in my Meet the Blogger series. Seriously, I learned so much from you about advocacy and blogging, and I hope my readers did too.
My Favorite Bloggers Sites
In this recap post, I’m going to share my favorite quote from each interview, and link back to each of their blogs. That way you have them all in one place and can share them more easily.
Kaila, The Struggle Juggle
“From the things I have had to endure with my mental health journey, I firmly believe that the mental health community faces the challenge of people believing that what they go through is an actual illness. I’ve seen a lot of posts about how it’s up to the individual to create happiness and things of that nature, but that’s not so easy with mental illnesses. The believability with mental health is scarce.”
Alison, Little Blog of Positivity
(When she feels down) “I try and ask myself what do I need and then do that. It might be to meditate, do some exercise, talk to someone, listen to some uplifting music, have a soak in the bath or write down an action plan. All of these things can help me depending on the situation.
Researching and writing a blog post also helps if I can muster up the energy. It’s impossible to write about positive stuff and not feel better!”
Ami, Undercover Superhero
“Success can have several meanings for each blogger. For me, if by sharing my experience helps another person to be open and reach out to talk about their experience, then that’s success to me.”
Steina, Simple Happy Zen
“People who suffer from mental health issues face a multitude of different problems. And the biggest might not even be their mental health. Being discriminated against, dealing with stigma and misconceptions, fear and prejudice are all things people who suffer from mental issues know all too well.”
Naomi, Meditative Owl
(About what makes a person brave) “Being true to themselves and standing up for what they believe in. It’s not always easy, especially if you sometimes feel like the proverbial square peg.”
Jordan, Mindful Health Mama
“I see so many patients who clearly are depressed or anxious, but refuse to put a label to their symptoms. I love that so much more awareness is around for mental health disorders. In general, I think the more open people are, the better we all will fare. You should not be afraid or embarrassed by your mental illness. “
Alexa, Alexa Jade Blog
(On challenges the mental health community faces) “Being understood. There are still so many people that really do not understand what mental health even is, yet alone how to deal with anybodies needs, including their own. It saddens me that there is still so much judgement, and negative behaviour towards the mental health community.”
Alpana, Kabhi Fact Kabhi Fiction
“While I might not be directly connected to mental health community, I strongly support all the bloggers who are taking incredible efforts to create awareness about it and going to great lengths by divulging their life’s struggles in blogs to help others in need. I plan to write about the mental health imbalances experienced by first time parents inspired from my personal experience in the long run and the ways to overcome it. It’s a work in progress.”
Malinda, Mohr From Life Website
“Being brave can have many different meanings. For me, the bravest people are those who are themselves through and through, regardless of what others think. They stand up for others and what they believe is right. They don’t let others influence their opinions. I strive to be this person.”
Spence, The Mindberg
(On his connection to the mental health community) “Another key area is that I feel so alive when I am helping someone. I guess technically, as a counsellor, I am helping someone help themselves, but you know what I mean. I love the authenticity and compassionate connection that can occur when sitting with another human being.”
“Things are getting better, but we still have a long way to go as far as erasing the stigma. We have to keep raising our voices, not just about the journey itself, but about our own experiences. That helps put a face on the issue, which helps make it seem more real.”
Heather, Heather Beard
(On the mental health community in 5 years) “My hope and prayer is that the mental health community has grown. I hope that those who are a part of it can be open about their journeys, and what they envision for their futures. I hope that the rest of the world embraces those who struggle and educate and learn to lift the rest of us up. We certainly can’t keep doing it alone.”
The Perfect Whisk, The Perfect Whisk
(On her favorite book) “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because it inspires to give you hope in worst situations.” (One of my favorites, too!)
Tiffany, 4 You I Will
“My greatest strength is my love for my family. It’s what keeps me going. When I feel like giving up or realize that I am not taking care of myself, I remember that I must stay healthy for my granddaughter. I can’t see her being without me to guide her. She keeps me strong and motivated.”
Unwanted Life, Unwanted Life
“I think the biggest problem for the mental health community is gaining the understanding of not only your friends and family, but from your places of work and your government. Mental health is a very underfunded area, and the waiting lists in my country for therapy is a joke. Thus, the biggest challenge is to get the funding they need from the government to provide all those who need treatment, with treatment, and in a timely manner.”
Jessica, The Unplug Initiative
“I think being brave means standing up to things that you might fear, things that might challenge you. It means not caving to the pressure or the fear or your own inner critic and saying, ‘I’m going to be strong. I’m going to fight.’ Nothing can stand in the way of bravery.”
Briana, Learning to Be Free
“I would love to see mental health training be provided to every, but especially students and teachers. The way that I see it is that teachers (I’m also an educator) have a huge role to play in mental health because they are with students for the most formative years. My wish is for a national mental health curriculum that would be integrated into all public schools. That way we have teachers who are educated, but also students and in turn those students will become educated and empathetic adults.“
Hazel, The Patchwork Fox
(On challenges the mental health community faces) “I would say trolls. It’s an incredibly brave thing to do, to make yourself vulnerable by sharing your story online, and the risk of being trolled is very real; the hurt they cause, very real.”
Tsvetty, Mental Health Memo
“I write about all things under the umbrella term of ‘mental health.’ I got inspired to create my blog because of my lived experience with anxiety and mood disorders that I’ve been dealing with since I was a toddler. At such a young age I felt very lost, scared and ashamed that nobody was like me. So I wanted to be someone to guide others on the difficult path of poor mental health.”
Teagan, Teagan is Typing
“My mental health has been poor for as long as I can remember, suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression for many years. I hate to think of others feeling the way I have/do, to feel alone or judged due to the stigma that I believe still surrounds mental health and connected illnesses. Although I blog about other topics I also write about mental health and my own experiences. I hope that by doing so I’m able to help others feel less isolated. We are more than our mental illness and we all belong, despite what we feel inside.”
Laurie, Seeking Serenity & Harmony
“I see the numbers rising for children needing mental health help. The ages of suicidal ideation is becoming younger. Then I see posts about the statistics on Veteran and Police suicides and realize the mental health crisis is becoming worse.”
Shauna, Out Momming About
“The initial intrigue with the topic of mental health surely came from my personal struggles with it. From there, I became fascinated with the way our minds work, and wanted to learn as much as I could about people and what challenges them mentally.”
Amy, Amy Eff
(On challenges the mental health community faces) “In my experience (because that’s the only experience I can speak to), access to appropriate services has been an issue. My county actually has really good public mental health services in many respects. As someone who does not have health insurance, paying for needed services has been a challenge at times—and I am much better off financially than many people who have serious mental health needs.”
Catherine, Days of Our Chives
(The mental health community in 5 years) “I would love to see the mental health community in a place where we can have conversations about mental health past depression and anxiety, the most common diagnoses. I would like to see the general public have a better understanding of what mental health concerns look like and how to work with people experiencing them. When we’re able to have inclusive discussions as a community, all will benefit.”
Liv, In Mint Nutrition
“I have discovered a great support and assurance in mental health community I have found on twitter. Reading other people’s stories and engaging in various conversations have made me stronger person. I have also created a new series on my blog called ‘Real People Talking’ where I collect stories from different people, with different backgrounds and different interests to share parts of their life with others and hopefully inspire others along the way. I wanted to show that we all struggle with something and you are never on your own.”
Krystle, Journey to Peace Within
“Even though we have come a long way, stigma is still a roadblock for the mental health community. I see it especially in my Caribbean Community. I have known some people that believe that therapy is ‘airing your dirty laundry in public.’ We need more outreach in the Black/Caribbean community to educate and provide resources in the community.”
Mackenzie, Mackenzie Littledale Writes
“I see the community with a louder and more influential voice in federal and state governments. We can’t be society’s scapegoat for all things violent, and we don’t need to be the laughingstock of the world. Just like A Beautiful Mind showed us, we can live to our full potential with a mental illness and that potential can be very influential.”
Dave, Depict Dave
“I can’t speak from anything but an autistic point of view, but having grown up as an outsider and having faced bullying just for being who I am, I’m still very conscious of whether I’m doing something the ‘right’ (read: neurotypical) way, and whether it might draw attention to me. Logically I know I’m free to do what I want and how I want, but there’s still that effect from my early years, and in a lot of cases with mental health the stigma from others carries on into adulthood as well.”
Keets, The Girl With OCD
“What makes a person brave? I would say talking. Talking makes a person brave. When you think about it we can all face our fears and be physically brave but true bravery in my eyes is being able to talk to someone you are comfortable with. Whether that be talking to a friend about what has happened in your day, telling someone how you feel about them or opening up and telling someone you don’t feel great. We talk in our heads constantly so to let it out to someone, even if it’s just to your own reflection you have still let it out and that’s a very brave thing to do.”
“I also believe part of the reason so many suffer from disorders such as anxiety and depression, in the modern world today, is because we don’t spend enough time interacting with nature. We were evolutionarily designed to live in the natural world, and modern society keeps us from our intended environment.”
Chloe, Nyxie’s Nook
(On bravery) “>Carrying on when all hope is lost.
>Asking for help.
>Cutting toxic people out of your life.
>Opening up and being vulnerable.
>Admitting they have a problem.
There are so many things that make people brave, and it might be different for everyone.”
Pamela, Pamela Jessen
“I think the biggest challenge is acceptance. Having a mental illness makes you ‘different’ in the eyes of many people, and that stigma follows you around. I challenge those stigmas because I believe every person deserves to live their best life, without having to worry about their health concerns.”
Thanks to everyone who participated in this series. It was a very meaningful few months in my life, because it gave me the chance to connect with the blogging and mental health communities on a deeper level.
Make sure to give all these amazing people a follow! They are doing good work.
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