I want to try and keep this brief, because I want to hold your attention. This is important.
I have been blogging about my life with mental illness since last Autumn. Officially I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Depression and am also recovering from an Eating Disorder. I am currently undergoing testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD).
I blog anonymously about diagnosis, treatments, therapies, the individual aspects of my all-encompassing ‘mental illness’ and, sometimes, I just need to vent. I think that’s the most important thing here, my blog is MY OWN PRIVATE SPACE. I can write whatever I want without disturbing or upsetting the people I love.
In the time that I have been blogging, I have met some amazing people. People with whom I can just be, who understand, who offer validation, reassurance, guidance. I have made some real friends, with whom I now correspond daily via Twitter, text message, email, good old Royal Mail. I happened to read a blog earlier today by BorderlineFunctional (one of said friends) which champions, and encourages people to join in, the Blog For Mental Health 2015. I was instantly interested and am eager to get involved, so this is where I take the pledge:
“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.”
I will continue to blog as often as I need. I feel passionately about writing as an outlet, and about using my blog to raise awareness. I hope you’ll join me (Blog For Mental Health 2015, in case you missed it the first time!).