Just a few minutes ago, I discovered Blog for Mental Health 2014, and I was excited to participate.
I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 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.
Now, why am I blogging for mental health? Those of you who’ve visited me before, will know, but for those who don’t, here’s a little about my lived experience. I have suffered from mental health problems for a slong as I can remember. 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. Therefore, I blog to raise awareness for mental health this year.