As some of you know, during the month of May, 2016 I hosted a series geared towards mental health awareness entitled Fight With Us #DCfC. The series featured eight incredible guest writers who shared their vastly differing stories and struggles surrounding mental health. What you may not know is that I would like to continue hosting such stories! I alluded to it at the end of Are You More Aware? #DCfC, which was my wrap-up piece for the series, but I didn’t go into much detail. So, I decided to tell you more about what I’m looking for in hopes that you (yes, YOU) will want to write for me!
This all started with me writing about my journey through the dark recesses of depression and anxiety. Since being diagnosed, I’ve found that many people do not understand what it’s like to deal with life as a mentally ill person. Fear of the unknown frightens people and there is unnecessary stigma attached to any and all associated diagnoses. Before I ran the ‘Fight With Us’ series I started a resource page called Depression: Catalyst for Change, which is where #DCfC comes from. My goal was and still is to shed light where there is misunderstanding. I would like to show the world how beautiful we are when we put our words together, when we stand as one to promote education, spread awareness, fight stigma, and work towards cultivating a compassionate community regarding mental illnesses!
Every day I read articles written by people afflicted with mental illness and they fill me with hope. When enough people speak up, the world listens – it’s how all change occurs on societal and then systemic levels. We’ve seen it with women’s rights, civil rights, and the right for homosexuals to get married (to name a few). Now I’m asking you to speak up. Do you or someone you know struggle with mental health issues? I would be honored to share your stories which provide new perspective or edification and put matters concerning mental health into accessible, relatable tales of true life. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, read on…
- Your piece must pertain to a mental health issue
- I prefer original content but will consider something already published
- I prefer you submit with an image, if you do not I will find/create one for you
- There is no length requirement
- I anticipate that you will help promote your piece when it goes live
- Send your story to me (Abbie) at firstname.lastname@example.org via google documents or attached as a Word document, include a bio with any links you want added, attach an image of yourself, attach any other images (please feel free to contact me with any questions)
It has been tremendously cathartic for me to get my thoughts out of my head and onto paper, or in this case onto the screen. I’ve found a wonderful community here in the world between the wires: people who embrace my words, both the beauty and the pain. Join me and let me share your journey. Let’s break the silence that surrounds mental illness and start making the changes we want to see in our world.