Gotcha! Right in the Stigma!! – Blog for Mental Health


I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.

In 2014, I was excited to learn about A Canvas of the Minds. This important blog for mental health fights the stigma of mental illness. It inspired me as I began to write Life of a Phoenix.

I began Life of a Phoenix for several reasons.

One reason was to rediscover and nurture a creative side that I thought was lost, or only imaginary in the first place.  I love to write.  I have felt for many years that I have had nothing to say.  I am reclaiming stories and retelling or telling them here. I am pursuing a dream of writing for a living one day.  In the meantime, this is my voice.

Second, this is a time for me of great stress, sorrow, anger and a few feelings I didn’t know I felt. It is a healing time of my life.  I have been on a medical leave from work for many months now, after a year of loss and struggle that would challenge anyone.  I’m not looking for pity when I say that – just telling you, because I don’t feel special about this.  I feel lucky that I am in a position to receive the help and support I need.  I have become a psychiatric outpatient during my leave, and I have the great fortune to be in full time group therapy, and to have close review of the medications I take to help me with depression and anxiety.  I am lucky.  Many are not.

Third, I want to sort out, as I put it in my posts about “being a Phoenix”, the “plot lines” or “middle” parts of my life, especially over the last two years or so.  I want to do it with an honesty and humour that is entertaining and inspirational for me and for those who follow my posts.

A lot of what I write is pretty raw.  I’m growing as a writer, and a person. Come with me, if you like.  I hope you do.

6 thoughts on “Gotcha! Right in the Stigma!! – Blog for Mental Health

  1. Pingback: Life of a Phoenix | The Official Blog For Mental Health Project

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