10 MENTAL HEALTH BLOGS WE LOVE TO READ
June, 10, 2017
Across the world, people use blogs as a platform to share experiences, increase awareness and understanding, and provide comfort and support. And that’s a very good thing.
We thought we’d pop a list together of the blogs we frequently read, admire and appreciate. We hope you enjoy them as we do.
1. THE MIGHTY
The Mighty publish real stories by real people, living with disability, disease and mental illness. They aim to build a safe platform for their community to share their stories, connect with others and raise support for the causes they believe in. Their mental illness section is excellent, and covers a wide range of conditions.
2. THE SECRET LIFE OF A MANIC DEPRESSIVE
Writer and mental health activist Seaneen started The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive ten years ago and has been sharing her experiences of being “mentally interesting” since. We love Seaneen’s humour, and warm, informal tone, as well as her “furious, hastily typed and unspellchecked rants”.
We are huge fans of Mind and the work they do to support those living with Mental Health problems. They use their blog to publish personal and relatable stories to help those living with mental illness feel cared about, understood and listened to.
4. RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS
Rethink help people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. They publish a range of interesting articles and personal experiences in their ‘News and Views’ section.
5. PURPLE PERSUASION
Award-winning blogger Charlotte Walker has been battling with mental distress for over 25 years and have been a mental health service user since 1994. Her blog Purple Persuasion offers a compelling insight into her experience of living with a serious mental illness.
6. NATIONAL ELF SERVICE
The National Elf Service’s ‘Mental Elf’ publishes evidence-based blogs on current mental health research and guidance. Posts are written by an expert team of mental health academics and practitioners.
Sectioned is written by a blogger who was sectioned in one of Britain’s acute psychiatric hospitals in 2011. Since their discharge, they have published thorough and often hard-hitting commentary about mental health issues and mental healthcare. They are also very active on Twitter.
8. TIME TO CHANGE
Time to Change seek to and change how people think and act about mental health problems. They share a range of personal stories about mental health that challenge stigma and help those who may (unfairly!) be feeling isolated, worthless and ashamed.
MQ is the the first major mental health research charity, who aim to create a world where mental illness is understood, effectively treated, and ultimately prevented. They share a range of articles on their blog, including personal stories and posts based on science and research.
10. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF
Unlike the other blogs in our list, web comic Hyperbole and a Half does not focus exclusively on mental health. We have included it because the posts ‘Adventures in Depression‘ and ‘Depression part 2‘ offer two of the most poignant (and somehow, hilarious) insights into living with depression we have seen.