Mental Health and Writing
Mental health stigma has become a very talked-about issue in our society in
recent years. Many struggle alone because of fear of what people will say or do.
Those facing mental health issues find that they're often misunderstood and
even demonized from the people they love. But I'm happy to report that the
tide is slowly changing, and it's happening right here in our very own writing
Mental health awareness and advocacy is sweeping the writing community off
its feet, and it is a sight for sore eyes. I have experienced close hand such an
incredible vulnerability from writers who have taken to their platform to write
about the journey of mental health. Their candor has created a perpetual
discussion amongst writers and others, and the momentum is only getting
Many of us, including myself, struggle daily with anxiety and depression, and I
can say with complete certainty that writing saved my life. Where there once
was a bottomless pit of pain, is now a well of gratefulness where I get to share
my words with others. Writing has given many people a voice to speak to
others about mental health without feeling embarrassed or judged.
It is true; writing is being used as a weapon to fight the stigma that comes with
mental health. We are making strides with our words, and we are winning. Be it
through an article, a poem, a blog post, or spoken word; we are making a
lasting change that will affect our generation and those that are to come after
us. Let our words be known for kindness and strength and let us continue to
advocate for mental health with the power of the written word.