Saturday 13 May 2017

My Favourite Mental Health Bloggers #2

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A while back, I did a post all about my favourite mental health bloggers, which I think went down pretty well with you guys. You can read that post here. There is way more than five mental health bloggers that I LOVE though. We are a little community that is ever growing. Which makes me so happy. I know it's not for everyone, sharing the most intimate details of your life online, but the more we do it especially about mental health, we are gradually breaking down the stigma and normalising mental illness.

Which is bloody fantastic, I'm sure you will agree! What I love about the mental health blogging community is how diverse it is. There are so many different people, from all walks of life. We have all united because of a passion of ours; spreading awareness of mental health. We use all the negative experiences we have been through and battles with mental illness in a positive way. To show people it is okay to not be okay. 

It annoys me that the mental health blogger community often gets overlooked. As soon as a major famous blogger or Vlogger opens up about their mental health ( which is great, don't get me wrong), They get a tonne of press, which is fine but there is hundreds of everyday folk who share their stories and don't get a look in. Which is why I'm sharing another five of my favourite mental health bloggers today! Make sure you check them out!

1. Mike

Mike, runs Mike's open journal which is not only a blog but a podcast. Wayyy!!! You get two for the price of one. Mike suffers from depression and uses his blog and podcast as an open space to talk about his thoughts, feelings and topics surrounding mental health. What I love about Mike is how honest and just hilarious he is in all of his posts and on the podcast. Spoiler alert he is also as funny in real life. Mike now covers a range of lifestyle topics on his blog, which are equally as insightful. I love having the podcast on in the background when I'm doing work. Mike has had a range of guests on his podcast talking about all sorts of topics from self-harm to music and mental health. Definitely worth a listen/ read if you want to learn more about mental health in a relaxed way. 

You can read Mike's blog here.
You can follow Mike on Twitter here.

2. Meg

Meg is honestly one of the kindest and most loving people I know. Meg runs the blog; Be Kind To Your Mind. Which can I just say, I LOVE the name of! Meg battles with OCD, GAD and panic disorder. Meg uses her blog as a way of sharing her experiences of mental illness, educating others and reducing the stigma around mental health. All of which I am about! I am an avid reader of Meg's blog especially her personal experiences with OCD, as that is a topic very close to my heart. Meg doesn't just stop there, She also sells Be kind to your mind wristbands where the profits each month go to a different mental health charity. I think this is such a lovely idea and reminds me I need to order mine right now!

You can read Meg's blog here
You can follow Meg on Twitter here.

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3. Bethany 

I haven't known Bethany for as long as I have some of the others in the community but she has already become a very close friend of mine. Bethany writes the Blog Adventure and anxiety where she covers travel, lifestyle and mental health content. Bethany has an MA in psychology ( which is pretty amazing if you ask me) however, due to debilitating anxiety has struggled knowing what to do with her life. What I love about Bethany is how open and honest she is about her mental health, how it has affected her life and how she copes every day. If you are looking for an easy to read, down to earth and honest blog about mental health, look no further than Bethany's.

You can read Bethany's blog here.
You can follow Bethany on Twitter here. 

4. Jodie

I found Jodie, through her outstanding work with Time to change. She has done a few blog posts, for Time to change about the importance of being in your mate's corner and for Time to talk day, both of which I had the privilege of being part of. Jodie is a very passionate mental health campaigner and advocate, which is evident in the hard work it takes to organise so many people to come together and share their experiences. These kind of blog posts are invaluable to sufferers, like me and so many others. Jodie writes honestly and openly about a range of topics including; self-care and BPD. As well as being a fantastic blogger, she is an incredibly supportive, kind and understanding friend. 

You can read Jodie's blog here
You can follow Jodie's blog here

5. Rich

Rich has always been there for me, especially when I was first diagnosed with OCD. His Youtube videos and blog about his own battles with OCD helped me understand what I was going through. I don't think I could ever be more thankful for that. Rich, blogs and vlogs all about his struggles with OCD but also more lately how he is beating and overcoming this debilitating illness! So proud of you Rich! *Air high five* Rich has done some amazing things for the mental health community, from appearing on TV to being the chair of OCD Youth, a panel of young people ( including myself) trying to shape the way society sees OCD. His dedication to ending the stigma around mental health never fails to impress me!

You can read Rich's blog here.
You can follow him on Twitter here.

You've got a LOT of bedtime reading now! I suggest you get started because trust me once you get on these amazing blogs you won't want to leave! I would love to know what you think of the blogs mentioned in this post and if you know any other mental health blogs, you think I should read, let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, as always X

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