Thinking About Advocacy And Mental Illness

Good Afternoon! So far today has been an uneventful day. Usually on days that are uneventful I start to think about things. Well, todays thoughts are on advocacy and mental illness and how I am lacking.

I feel like I am lacking because I am not reaching as many people as I have hoped I would be. I only have 19 followers on my blog and 21 followers on my twitter. Granted I just started my twitter account not even a month ago but I was hoping that it would help increase my blog following. See, at the end of this month (November) it will mark six months since I started my blog.

As many of you know, I started this blog for three reasons. The first reason is because I consider myself an advocate for those who struggle with a mental illness. That leads me to the second reason I stared this blog which is to educate those who do not have a mental illness in hopes to lessen the stigma of mental illness. Those who have a mental illness or take care of someone with a mental illness know all too well how stigma and mental illness go hand and hand. Trust me when I say stigma is part of the reason why people who struggle a mental illness don’t seek out the help of their friends and family which can lead them to not seeking out professional help. I know this because I not only have family members who struggle with mental illness but I too struggle with a mental illness. This leads to the third reason why I started this blog and this is to show those who struggle with mental illness that recovery is possible and their is hope. Recovery is not an easy process. I do know that many of my followers are people who struggle with mental illness are working on their recovery. I am grateful for them. I’m just hoping that I’m showing those followers that recovery is possible. Its trying to get people who don’t struggle with a mental illness to follow my blog. I just really want to be an advocate for those who struggle with mental illness and feel like I’m not reaching people who don’t struggle with one. I feel like my voice isn’t being heard because of this. I want to lessen the stigma of mental illness. Well, at least I know that part of my goal is being accomplished because I’m hoping that I am showing you my followers that recovery is possible and that their is hope.

Speaking of recovery and hope I need to get going because I have to go to my volunteer job at the Warm Line. I talk to people with mental illness and help them along their recovery. Everyone’s recovery looks different. Well, have a good Saturday afternoon. Peace out!!

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6 responses to “Thinking About Advocacy And Mental Illness

  1. Gertie, check out advice on how to grow your following. Main way I did was by following similar blogs and commenting on their posts. On Twitter, I followed people with similar interests and retweeted their tweets. Honestly, by spending many hours actively following others I built up a following. You must post content to Twitter aside from your own posts. Tweet other great content. Basically, how you use Facebook right now, translate that to Twitter. Hope that helps. It takes a concerted effort to build up a following. You can also check out what others have to say about building a following. Good luck!

  2. Reblogged this on BravelyBipolar and commented:
    Gertie’s Journey speaks from the heart. This author is providing hope for recovery and educating people about mental illness so that perhaps the stigma surrounding mental illness will be lessened. Wonderful blogs! Take some time to look through the other ones. You will learn a lot. I highly recommend this blogger.

  3. Hi Gertie, great post! I am just starting up too so I understand your keenness to build up a following 🙂 Kitt has some great advice – and I have just followed you. Good luck with your blog! 🙂

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