This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health Awareness Week is from October 1st through October 7th. I will be participating by posting blog posts on this blog and my two other side blogs. Mental Health Awareness is very important to me. I have relatives who have been diagnosed with a Mental Illness and I have had my own issues with Anxiety and Depression as well. I do consider myself an advocate for Mental Illness. It is important to learn about Mental Illnesses and Mental Health as well as it is to spread awareness and break the stigma. There has been a huge stigma surrounding Mental Health for years. I personally was affected by the stigma as I struggled with dealing with issues with Mental Health in my own family. There were times when I didn’t understand why those things were happening and there were plenty of times when I was too afraid to talk about it and admit that I had Mental Illness in the family. I remember there were times when my Mom was at a Mental Hospital and I didn’t know what to tell people because I was too afraid of what they would think of my Mother and what they would think of me. Through the years I have learned, especially after I had gotten more involved with NAMI, how to learn more about Mental Illness and about the importance of talking about it. Part of Breaking the Stigma is talking about it and not being afraid to tell people what is going on. When people are too afraid to talk about it then people suffer through it alone and suffering alone makes it much harder for them to go through their difficulties with Mental Health.
Here I am doing my part in trying to break the stigma. This is what I will be doing:
On my Personal Blog
- Post a Flash Fiction on Mental Health
- Post a personal reflections post on Mental Illness and how it has affected my life
On my Philosophy of Entertainment Blog
- Positive Portrayals of Mental Illness in TV and Movies
- Disappointing Portrayals of Mental Illness in TV and Movies
On my Writer Reading Blog
- Fictional Characters and portrayals of Mental Illness that inspire me in writing of my own characters with Mental Illness in the books that I am working on.
- Writing about my Fictional Characters with Mental Illness.
I will also write some Fan Fiction that deals with Mental Illness and I will post it on Fan Fiction.net and Tumblr.
Learn more about NAMI and Mental Health Awareness Week here: NAMI