Happy Friday! Really, it’s an awesome Friday BECAUSE…it’s the first Friday of August! Which means…Off-Fridays, THE Mental Illness Blog Share is BACK. I’m so happy to bring my baby back. I missed my linky. I paused it for a month because I was placing too much of my own emotions and expectations on it. Too much of my creative drive was going into this blogger-built awareness project, and it was replacing social outreach. Which meant when people didn’t respond how I wanted and asked them to, I felt neglected and crappy.
So, I took the month off to battle depression and pursue happiness in other forms. And it paid off! I am soon to start as a contributing writer at Healthy Place’s PTSD blog, and I had a couple pitches picked up by Vox.com and Tonic by Vice-the Tonic article, about my fear of happiness, was published this morning so check it out! I am marching forward with the freelancing, but I am also glad to bring Off-Fridays back, and I hope that you will join me in building some incredible mental health themed link-libraries.
This week’s theme is depression and suicide.
I know, not the happiest topic. In fact, depression and suicide are just about the antithesis to happiness. These topics aren’t comfortable, but they are important. The World Health Organization estimates that every 40 seconds, someone on this planet ends their life. 8 million people are affected by depression yearly. That’s a big deal. That means in the time you’ve been reading this, someone has died by suicide, and millions of people are struggling just to get through the day. The more we shy away from difficult topics like depression, self-harm, and suicide, the more people we lose. So let’s speak up.
This week is all about sharing the raw, honest truth about depression and suicide, but also doing it in manner that is respectful. These are serious topics, so let’s bring them to light, but let’s also honor the fact that they affect people deeply. So, go ahead and share that letter in which you rage at someone you lost, or a poem that strikes right to the heart of your depression, but please make sure you are furthering awareness about the reality of depression and suicide, not furthering misinformation or stigma. Please don’t include articles that accuse suicide victims of selfishness, or equate depression with laziness.
I want this library to be comprehensive; full of links by a variety of bloggers with perspectives from all sides. You can leave your odes to Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park lead singer who succumbed to suicide last month, or you can share a how-to guide on helping someone who is in the midst of a depressive episode. Anything goes, as long as it relates to depression or suicide, and it follows the basic rules-AKA you keep it respectful.
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And now, let’s come together to raise awareness about a topic that isn’t happy or comfortable, but is important. Click this button to be taken to the link library page (don’t worry, you’ll still be on Betty’s Battleground):