After pushing the publish button…

…..yesterday for ‘Mental illness, motherhood and finding the real me’ I got so many comments from people that it is clear there is a huge interest in mental health issues out there in the world of blogging. I am so glad that my post struck a chord with so many. Thank you for your support, and I hope at least some of what I said has offered the same in return.

I just thought I would take time out from my hectic schedule¬† – cleaning the house from top to bottom for the house swap holiday as described in Crumbs in the cutlery draw… yes -it has taken that long!- to highlight a great blog that provides masses of information for those experiencing mental health issues and seeks to battle the stigma so many people find is attached to being open about our experiences. Run by Lyn and Linda, Breaking the Silence – speaking up about mental health offers the opportunity to share experiences and read knowledgeable and interesting blog posts. On August 19th they are hosting a first ‘Blog Carnival‘ where you can post a blog, video, image, poem or podcast on any aspect of mental health. Why not take a look? As they say on the telly on a regular basis, if you are affected by any of the issues discussed in this blog you will certainly find something to interest you, and if you feel you can, why not take part on the 19th? After pushing the publish button you may feel nervous, as I did, (you can remain anonymous) but I know now that speaking out is the only way to ensure the message really gets across – mental health matters

A big thank you to everyone who reads this blog. Share it with your friends if you feel able to, and if you have a mental health blog or know of any that you have found useful why not let me know? I will be happy to link from my site.

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2 Responses to After pushing the publish button…

  1. Linda says:

    Hi Suzie, thank you so much again for your kind words about our blog. Me and Lyn started it in January and it has suffered from neglect now and again but as you can imagine when we read something like what you have written above, well it makes me go all a quiver (in a good way!)

    I am so pleased to see that people have read your post about your experiences and sent you so many comments of love and support, I know how that feels too, it took a lot for me to “come out” in the same way and when I am well I will shout from the rooftops about how unfair it all is that we don’t feel we can speak up about such things, but when I’m ill, I couldn’t feel more ashamed.

    I noticed that some of your commenters were talking about their fears of how their children could be affected or react to their illness, I just wanted to flag up a post on this which I hope may be helpful, I hope that anyone reading it may take some comfort from knowing they aren’t alone in such fears and that the tips included may be worthwhile.

    http://www.passionatemedia.co.uk/speakingup/2010/03/explainingdepressiontochildren.html#tp

    Thanks again and good luck with the house swapping malarkey.

  2. keatsbabe says:

    This is a really useful post. Taking the concept of mental illness being someone’s ‘fault’ is critical. My mum thinks something she did caused my issues and I struggle with the guilt that I have taken her very low sometimes. We need to break that cycle of thinking, but it is so tough! When small children strugggle with it it breaks your heart.

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