Blog for Mental Health 2013

I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 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.

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I’m taking a pledge to blog for mental health, and to commit to spreading awareness of mental health issues and helping to erase the associated stigma. Here is how it goes:

1.) Take the pledge by copying and pasting the following into a post featuring “Blog for Mental Health 2013″.

I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 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.

2.) Link back to the person who pledged you.

I was pledged by Kevin at the Mental Health Writers’ Guild.

3.) Write a short biography of your mental health, and what this means to you.

Wow, don’t know if I can do a short bio of my mental health! But here goes: I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1998, at age 22. I had been suffering for about a year when I finally recognized the symptoms and sought help. But it wasn’t until about five years ago that, with the help of a new doctor and therapist, I discovered that I had major depressive disorder. For me, the depression will never go away, just get better or worse from time to time. I lost a lot of what should have been good years to my depression, and it strongly influenced my future. So much so that it ruined my first marriage. 

I’ve never had a problem talking about my depression, especially knowing that in doing so, I may be able to help others understand that depression is a disease, not a personality flaw or a weakness. Along with two or three other ’causes’, depression awareness and suicide prevention top my list of things for which I will fight. This pledge is real for me, and I plan on upholding it, not just in 2013, but for as long as I can. I choose to tell my story with the hope that some day, someone will read it and it will make a difference in their world.

4.) Pledge five others, and be sure to let them know!

Well, this is kinda tough, since I don’t really know five people who blog about mental health issues. I do know one, though, and her words are powerful, open, raw, and honest. Yes, that means YOU, Joy! Definitely check her out at Joyfully Living Challenge

5.) New for 2013, the Blog for Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll!

In addition to linking back to the person who pledged you, please include the link to this original post in your piece.  As this gets passed along, link back or click here and leave a comment containing the link to your pledge, and we will put you on our Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll page!  

Show the world our strength, show them our solidarity, show them what we are made of.  Take the Blog for Mental Health pledge and proudly display the badge on your blog!