Before I go on, I just want to say that I love this blog, I love everything about the mental health community and I’m not whining in the slightest. It is so important to me, and my mission when starting was if my writing could help at least one person, then I’d be happy – and believe me, I’m ecstatic. If I didn’t want to do it, I wouldn’t.
However, there are certain pressures when it comes to writing about mental health that I’d like to touch on to give you a bit of a insight:
- Positivity – there’s a certain pressure to remain positive to lift others spirits too. Maybe that’s just something that I’ve added myself because I don’t want to post negativity online. This type of pressure is one I thrive on though – it keeps me going and fighting for something, spreading the fact there is joy despite what may be going on within – hence the launch of #PosiMH.
- Negativity – like the previous point, there is also a pressure of negativity, something that is ripe within the community. I see things on Twitter mainly about self harm or suicidal intentions almost daily. Negativity breeds negativity so it’s difficult not to be swept up with it.
- Reliance – I’m here for you, whenever you need me. If you need to chat about anything, then I’m there. But I shouldn’t take the place of a qualified doctor or therapist. This blog is a tool to aid recovery, or to even start it. I can only aid you so far and shouldn’t be the crutch that is relied upon. If you’re unwilling to help yourself, then I’m not sure if I’m the right person to talk to.
- Online Facade – it’s come to my attention recently, that some bloggers have this online personality but beneath it, there’s a lot of bitchiness and a power struggle. I’d consider myself a genuine person, my only intention from writing is to help (others and myself). Some are all about the numbers, and yeah, it’s nice to see this little space growing, but that’s just an added bonus. I’m never going to change my personality nor am I going to stop writing the word shit to become more user-friendly, despite the pressure, sorry!
- Recovered – I’m nowhere near recovered, in fact I’ve been waiting just over two years now to actually get the right form of therapy. I’m always going to trip up, I have a lifelong illness to deal with, that I might never recover from. So please bear in mind that I am in recovery, just as you may be.
- Always Right – as much as it pains me to say it, I do make mistakes. I’m human after all. This online space is a mixture of personal experience and my own research, so it won’t be applicable for everyone. I try my best to ensure information is accessible to all, but alas, even I have my faults.
- Content – I try to keep my content as positive, informative and relevant as possible. With so much that I could cover, it’s difficult to pick what would be the best to write about. If you would like me to talk about something in particular, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
- Instant Replies – this is the one I struggle with the most. When my mental health goes down the drain, my ability to reply does to. This leads to intense anxiety about actually replying and as you can see it’s a vicious cycle. I endeavour to reply as quickly as possible, but if I don’t, please be patient with me.
**If you or your loved one’s condition is critical, suicidal, or just very worrying, please call 999. You can also contact the Samaritans on 08457 909090 24 hours a day or Mind‘s infoline on 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)**