As some of you may be aware, World Mental Health Day falls on Wednesday 10th October. If you weren’t aware then you are now!
As you can probably imagine, there are going to be various events held as attempts to defeat the stigma surrounding mental illness continues. Check Google and I’m sure you’ll find out where local events are taking place and what you can expect.
In honour of World Mental Health Day, I have taken the decision to host my own Mental Health Awareness Month on The Adventures of an Average, White Man… in October and have a number of mental health themed posts lined up for that month, including a lighthearted piece of flash fiction with an important message contained within.
I’d be very grateful if people would come forward and write a paragraph or two about how mental health has affected them so I can compose a post to that effect. You can say as much or as little as you like. You don’t necessarily have to have suffered from a mental illness yourself to tell me how it’s impacted you. If you wish, I can keep it anonymous and you don’t have to be a blogger either. If you’d like to partake then go to the menu option ‘Get In Touch’ or click this link and email me in confidence. Depending on how many responses I get, I’ll run a ‘Thoughts of My Readers’ post at some point in October.
Mental illness is something that has struck hard in recent times in my personal life and I feel I should do all I can to help educate people so that they know they don’t have to suffer in silence or repress bad thoughts when they come. There are people out there who’ll listen and understand.
I look forward to making October a positive month on this blog and doing my bit to aid the growing significance of mental health awareness.
Much love to all my valued readers!