"I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2015 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.”
As a fledgeling mental health blogger, I set out to find and join some writers community support and found a wonderful initiative at Blog for Mental Health. The site's effort is to establish a blogroll of mental health writers to better serve our readers by providing a site where bloggers assemble in one place for readers to explore each of our blogs according to individual interests.
I love the idea as well as the premise of its sister site, A Canvas of the Minds, where the goal is to establish a site that features a diversity of writers contributing as a "stable of authors" on one site, while still maintaining our own personal blog sites.
In order to join the Blog for Mental Health 2015 Project, I've been asked to post the site badge and pledge above and write why I'm drawn to become a part of this campaign.
My request for a review of my site qualifies me to be considered to join A Canvas of the Minds also.
First, why I'm drawn to the Blog for Mental Health 2015 Project is to share my personal wish to at least ease some of the stigma around First Responder mental health. During my own challenges with depression, I've had a hard time coming forward - it took me years - and I don't want it to be as hard for others. I don't think it should be hard to ask for something as simple as help.
I believe the easier we make it, the less it will be needed. I think many will go sooner rather than later if we stop with the "suck it up buttercup" attitude, and many will go for a few sessions of help long before the damage of denial ruins lives.... or even takes any more lives.
Becoming a person who's angry at everything and everyone, being aggressive or mistrustful and taking risks, divorce, drinking too much, taking too many pills and/or committing suicide is just not normal. Having problems that can be worked through.... that is normal.
Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2015, I plan to blog about a six-week day hospital program I will be attending and I commit to sharing what I will learn while in treatment.
I think police officers generally do not dare to accept such intense therapy, and I want to share my experience to make it something more tangible and to help bring a wall down.... if not for the many, then at least for the few.
I am committed to not only finding out that I am not alone, but to also acting like it!
Thank you to those who are following me (Altered Badge is quickly approaching 7,000 hits since launching on January 27th!) and to those considering this site to join Blog for Mental Health 2015 Project and A Canvas of the Minds.