Mental health is an important subject to me. Managing my own mental health and helping people around me deal with theirs has been a recurring theme in my life, and probably because of all that, it’s become a recurring theme in my fiction as well.
It’s a common thing for many writers, to have recurring themes and subjects in their work, or character types and personalities that frequent their pool of leading figures. Without meaning to be preachy or overly-opinionated, many of us have certain views that are important to us, and these tend to seep into our writing. Not that we beat people on the head about it every page or so, but they’re woven into the fabric of our characters’ choices, backgrounds, plot development, etc.
Writing about mental health has helped me process many things I struggled with, or which just boggled my mind. It’s helped me work through painful emotions and taught me through allowing others to read my work, that I’m not alone in my struggles.
From books to blogs
But there are some things which I’d like to speak on a bit more. Maybe with a little bit more depth, a little more direct, or just because they can’t be said enough. There’s things which are connected but don’t make it into my books, and there’s me just wanting to share.
I’ve been thinking about it for some time now and good knews: I’ve finally found my angle to how to approach the topic of mental health. Concerning online content, I wanted to bring something relatively new to the table instead of rehashing everything that’s already out there. I don’t mean to say that nothing I’ll write has ever been written before or that these ideas were created in a vacuum but these are things I’d like to share with you and hope you’ll find helpful.
So for the upcoming… months, I’ll be talking about mental health, self-care, how to reach out when you need help, and how to help when you see a loved one suffer.
I’ll be dividing these posts into groups, ordered by the subjects
- Helping ourselves
- Asking for help
- Reaching out to help
- Picking up on red flags
Given that I’ll start by posting once a week, it’ll take some time before we get to the later topics, but I promise, if things pick up and I’ve got plenty of posts ready, I’ll up the posting frequency to twice a week.
Next post I will be introducing all the blog posts about HELPING OURSELVES!
Disclaimer// I am not a psychologist, I didn’t study psychology and I am not an authority on the matter. I’m just sharing my thoughts and experiences. Keep that in mind as you read these posts. If whatever I’m saying isn’t useful to you, that’s okay. Different things work for different people. There’s no one right way to take care of mental health and do self-care.