Due to my health, I will no longer be able to curate this site. If Blog For Mental Health has served its true purpose, you don’t need me here anymore anyway. The 2015 Blogroll is up-to-date as of this writing, and you can use the wonderful community of bloggers listed there to make connections, and to find kindred spirits dealing with similar challenges. That’s always been the most important role of Blog For Mental Health, to connect individuals in a positive way to support one another.
That’s right, it’s finally on! Blog For Mental Health 2015 is here!Continue reading
As everybody knows by now, the world lost one of its finest. A very human, human being. He was a genius and as it would seem, geniuses are often burdened with mental illness. A brilliant comedian that brought countless hours of laughter and tears to my life and that of many others. He fought addiction and depression all his life. And in the end, he lost the last battle.
Shortly after his death, our very own Cate Reddell shared a petition started by Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Founder of SumOfUs.org. She signed it and encouraged the rest of us to sign it as well. Continue reading
In the playground of mental illness there is always a risk that someone is going to get hurt when people start telling jokes. It’s like everyone has their own limit of what is acceptable and what is incredibly bad-taste. A few weeks ago UK comedian and mental health advocate Stephen Fry found this out for himself.
He got roasted on Twitter for a joke he made about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ( see David Adam’s comment on Guardian). The backlash began to hit. Fry was attacked for joking about OCD when he “didn’t have OCD”. Apparently it’s okay to joke about an illness you have yourself but not any other. Continue reading
That’s how many days are left in the year 2014. We’ve gone through 106 so far, which is a whole lot, but it isn’t the whole lot. It isn’t even one-third of the year!
Why this sudden obsession with the days? I’m so glad that you asked!
In my continuing capacity as your Official Blog For Mental Health conduit and project coordinator, I seem to be getting a lot of questions, comments, and concerns, and most all of them having the same basic theme:
(If you’ve already pledged or aren’t so interested in BFMH, please do keep reading just the same. I need your help, all of you wonderful Canvas readers, and more details will be forthcoming momentarily.) Continue reading
Coming in to the launch of Blog For Mental Health 2014, I thought I was prepared. I’d made some important changes to the way the campaign was set up, and I was sure those changes would remove any confusion, making this year both more inclusive and easier for me to stage.
As it turns out, I was right. I was also utterly unprepared for the response Blog For Mental Health 2014 has generated. As of this writing, we already have more than 60 confirmed pledges, and that number grows daily. That may not stagger you, but in the whole of last year’s campaign, we received a sum total of 116 pledges. In 11 days, Blog For Mental Health 2014 has received more than half of the total for pledge posts in the entire 2013campaign!Continue reading