The more I thought about it, though, the more I began to think that I shouldn’t rely on other people to take the pledge and write about mental health. I thought about the moment that same morning when darkness wanted to get the best of me. I thought back to last year when I wrote a few posts about my previous experiences with depression. It was hard to share those stories, but I was glad that I did. I believe it was good not only for my own mental health, but for that of others.
That’s why I decided to take the pledge to participate in the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I may not write a lot posts about mental health this year, but I believe in the value of this project enough to commit to it.
Trigger warning: Talk of suicidal ideation.
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My first encounter with the mental health system was in 2006, when I was being assessed for and eventually diagnosed with autism. I later got additional diagnoses of dissociative identity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. These diagnoses were replaced by a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder in 2013. I have resided in a mental institution for over six years, and have met many people with various mental health conditions this way. I have also experienced first-hand the stigma that comes with mental illness.
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We don’t face stigma alone, we face it together.
I am a Peer Support Specialist and run a support group for young adults with mental illness and addiction problems just outside Chicago. I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Depression (problems with alcohol abuse as well). Recovering, one day at a time.
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I have personal lived experience with mental illness, family and friends with mental illness, worked with children who have mental health issues and/or behavioral issues, studied psychology in college, and inhale any book, website, podcast, etc I can find on mental health. Knowledge is power. In my “real life” as I refer to it, I am not out to many people about my mental illnesses and those I am out to know only parts I pick and choose to share.
I want to educate others, I want to support others, and I want others to know they are not alone; these are the primary goals of my blog. I also blog about other every day stuff, because I am not only my mental illness.
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Trigger Warning: Talk of self-harm.
I have a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder with depressive features. I also have issues with anxiety, self injury, and erm…”self-medication”. Some might also say I have issues with anger, but personally I just see that as a combination of self-preservation and Paying Attention.
The constant in my life is the support of my wonderful husband Eric, who’s wrestling with his own past and issues have given him an empathy that few others possess, even if they are also well-intentioned and supportive. I do my best to return the favor to him, and be as supportive as I can. I’ve also benefitted from finding like-minded people such as those who participate in BFMH or involvement in Punks In Recovery, another grassroots movement spearheaded by Craig Lewis out of Boston. In the past year I’ve also entered into a city mental health/harm reduction program that offers individual counseling and group meetings.
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