I was humbled and blessed to be notified today that I have been featured in a wonderful blog post discussing the online mental health community. The whole post is well worth a read and can be found here: http://theanxietytracker.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/five-blogs-of-thanks-5th-anniversary-of_12.html?m=1
An exerpt that I’m featured in follows:
“Leaders in the field
This list of Twitterites range from people who I perceive as leaders in the field, who have taken their compassion for others and passion for raising awareness of mental health and reducing stigma to an incredible level largely off their own backs. And who I probably wouldn’t know existed without being on Twitter. The list below is given in Twitter handle alphabetical order.
@ClaireyLove – who during my time on Twitter has risen to stardom with her fabulous book ‘We’re all MAD here.’ It has been fascinating and awe inspiring to watch this lady who must be of similar age to me express her experiences of social anxiety (and wider anxiety) with the world. Check out this website if you haven’t yet.
@DoodleChronicle – a brilliant way of depicting how art and, specifically, doodles can be usedto communicate what mental illness really feels like. This Twitter site is more than just doodles, though, and contains incredibly candid accounts of what it is really like to live with a mental illness.
@enhughesiasm – someone who has turned to comedy to express what it feels like to live with anxiety, expressed in no small part by his TEDx talk last year which was brilliant. And made me hungry.
@FionaArt – her Twitter account states that she is an ‘individual trying to change the world’ and frankly who could argue? She has also contributed significantly to live mental health chats on Twitter recently – off her own back – so that people can tweet their live questions and experiences. Check out #mhchat.
@matthaig1 – a very talented man doing his utmost to make changes to our mental health system and influence those who need to be influenced. He has also written several books which draw on his expertise and depicts it in an empathetic, inspiring and vivid manner.
@MelJN17 / @MelNaray2nd – it’s not often you can tell someone is a beautiful person without physically meeting them, but Melanie comes into this category. Check out her two Twitter accounts to see what I mean – and her poems.
@MrJonnyBenjamin – The MBE for his services to mental health and suicide prevention pretty much says it all. His support to improve mental health services and raise awareness of the impact it can have on people’s lives knows no bounds. The powers that be would do well to listen to him more often.
@TheSarahFader – and from across the pond, Sarah Fader is CEO of Stigma Fighters, another charity doing its bit to show that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. The success of the charity is down to Sarah’s palpable enthusiasm for the subject and she has even created her own hashtag: #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike.
Thank you all for doing an incredible job at changing people’s perceptions of mental illness to such an extent that it is genuinely influencing national policy and activity – and ultimately, helping those people in greatest need.”