What is MH recognition? The MH is for Mental Hero. What do I mean by that?
As someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety caused by chronic illness, I understand what it is like to share with others about it because of the stigma that is sometimes attached to the words Mental Health or Mental Illness.
I will never forget watching the movie Brain on Fire based on a true story of a young woman with a rare autoimmune disease that affected her brain. Watching that movie helped me accept the fact that I needed help with depression and anxiety. They are symptoms of two of the chronic ‘physical’ illnesses i have.
The first steps of sharing with people were anxious moments for me. Because of the stigma-(sadly yes in some churches too)- I offered to resign my ministry because I started taking medication for depression/anxiety. I will always remember the relief I felt when I was told that no I would not resign because it is medical.
As I began to share in my blog about chronic illness and about depression and anxiety, I found acceptance and also encouragement.
Because I know the courage it takes to share about mental health, I want to recognize some mental heroes. They are bloggers who shared about mental health issues in their blogs.
justbacon.home.blog She shares about her life and OCD. I enjoy her quirky sense of humor. 🙂
rontamirnehr.com has a blog offering advice for dealing with mental health issues
Hannah of gracetobeimperfect.com shares how her faith helps her with Social Anxiety
Pao of beingpao.wordpress.com shares how her faith helps her with mental health
Ellie shares about her struggles in searchingforme.co.uk
The Dopamine Queen at dopaminequeen.com shares her experience with bipolar and also helpful insights
thebiploarwritercollaborative,blog is a group of writers who share their experiences with mental health issues
I wanted to share these bloggers with you and also want to thank them for being willing to share about mental health. The more we know about and understand mental health, the less stigma there will be.
If we think about it logically, the brain is a physical part of our bodies. Why should there be stigma for mental health issues, which involve the brain, when there isn’t stigma for other physical illnesses.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.