May is Mental Health Month. I attended a WEGO webinar earlier this week to learn how to participate in spreading awareness, so you will likely be seeing some informational posts and/or tweets from me throughout the month. I’d also like to let you all know that if you have any questions about mental health, particularly in relation to the things I am intimately familiar (Depression, Anxiety, Dissociative Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress, Post-Partum Depression), please feel free to ask. I have been dealing with these issues for over 15 years and have no problem sharing the wealth of information and resources I’ve collected in the mean time. It’s important to continue talking about mental health issues to battle stigmas. [Note: I do have a post written up about a lot of these issues but it is password protected for my family's sake. If you would like the information to access it, please send me an email.]
While I plan to be involved in the activities to spread awareness throughout May, I am (appropriately?) enmeshed in a depressive episode and my posting may be sporatic. Depression often creates some brutal writer’s block for me, which is…depressing. I’m trying to pull back from commitments where I can to focus on getting back on track mentally. In the mean time, I appreciate your patience and hope that you continue to engage when I *am* around.
If you are looking for mental health resources, the National Institute of Mental Health and WEGO Health Mental Health Community are two great places to start. In addition, a dear friend of mine Sarahndipitea is a community health educator with WEGO and also writes a weekly column on Savings.com called Balanced that focuses on simple and inexpensive ways to maintain your overall health.
Now, if you wouldn’t mind sharing – how have mental health issues touched your life? What is your perspective on helping others who suffer from mental health disorders?