There are a lot of blogs out there. There are a lot of mental health resources available, a lot of organizations working towards this cause, and a lot of people sharing their stories already. Why start another one?
I’m starting this blog because this website has been begging to do it for over 10 years now. I’ve put it off long enough. I’m ready to share with all of you now. About a month ago, I decided that I had waited long enough. July 22 would be the day I start. It was my puppy’s birthday, and it is my first year without her. It seemed like the perfect time to start.
Little did I know just how perfect it would actually be – in the most unfortunate of ways. It’s the same week Chester Bennington of Linkin Park completed suicide. Another life lost. His music was such a major part of my adolescence and the beginning of my fight with mental illness. It is truly devastating. He was someone who impacted so many lives by giving a voice to feelings and experiences for which we needed an outlet. Mental illness does not care about your money, job, race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, or any other arbitrary demographic. No one is immune and any life lost to mental illness is devastating. Someone else lost their battle with mental illness and that is all too common.
The stigma and judgmental attitude about mental illness must be stopped. Between substance use (like the current opiate epidemic) and deaths by suicide, people are dropping like flies and something needs to be done. People who donâ€™t cross the line to mental illness still have mental health concerns that may affect their life and those around them. It does not matter where you fall on that spectrum from mental wellness to mental illness, hopefully you will find something on this site that speaks to you or helps you in some way.
We need to talk about these issues. We are only as sick as our secrets, and we live in a society that promotes these unhealthy secrets. People need to have this conversation.
Writing is one of many ways I help myself (and hopefully others) heal. It is an opportunity to educate people about mental health. Hopefully, if I can grow this site as I hope to, I can also give many of my future readers a voice because our voices matter and deserve to be heard.
I write to help people know they are not alone. I want people to know that help and treatment options are available. I write to share my experience, strength, and hope; which continues to change and grow each and every day. I write under the thought that there has to be someone somewhere that will be helped by it.
Though I hope to make a living in wellness (including wellness writing), I would write even if I never made a penny from it because it’s important and it matters. It’s been a passion of mine since I was a little girl, and the desire to help others is implanted deep in my soul. I have to try to help people.
But why now? Why write? Why me? My story isn’t the most extreme in any way. It seems like everything has been said and done before. Isn’t it kind of depressing to start writing something now?
I am the only one who can tell my story. My recovery path is different but itâ€™s mine. My perspective and experience is different. I feel called and drawn to this work, and Iâ€™ve been putting it off for long enough. This is just the beginning, and I am so excited for what is to come.
I trust that the people who are meant to find my blog will find it and those that are meant to be put in my path, will be.
If you have found your way here, I am so thankful that you are taking a moment to read this article; and I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that you find something that resonates with you.
My only goal is to help myself and others heal. I struggled for years and years, like many do, because I didn’t know how to help myself and I didn’t know what services and options were available to me. Others shouldn’t have to hurt the way I did or for as long as I did. I would love any opportunity to minimize someone else’s pain. Perhaps I can help someone continue to stay on the path to recovery. I share my story and experience to help others avoid unnecessary suffering. I write things that heal me and hopefully will help some of you to heal as well. My recovery is a journey and I’m sharing with you the lessons I learn along the way.
When I was in middle school, my English teacher said we needed to take note of any “itches to scratch” in our writing and I have a TON! Some of these haunt me until I get them out, and I want to share them with you. My experience may help you, someone you know, or help someone else know that they aren’t alone.
I write because it matters.
As a country, we have made strides in the fight, but there is still so far to go until we can say people in this country are getting the treatment they need (or even have access to it). There’s still work to be done, and I am one of many people who wants to continue fighting. It is a life or death struggle for so many people in this county and around the world.
For more specifics on my story, check out the about page and stay tuned for more articles.