When it seems like everyone is leading a perfect life, admitting that you’re having a hard time feels like total failure. But more people than you might think – millions, in fact – suffer from mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Celebrities like Lena Dunham and the Duchess of Cambridge have spoken about the need to end the stigma associated with mental illness, and the trend is changing.
The blogs and projects below go even further to shed light on the (hard to have) conversation. On them you will find everything from candid personal stories to photos that prove that you are not alone in your problems and insecurities.
Note: we know that the number of topics that fall under mental health is enormous; as such, this is not an exhaustive list of alone blogs to follow. If there are other voices that you think we should know about, please let us know on Twitter.
1. That I am a project
You won’t find your medium and long blog posts here, just amazingly powerful visuals. What I Be Project is a photo series and blog created to help people not be ashamed of their differences. Photographer Steve Rosenfield takes photos of people who reveal and write down their greatest insecurity (whether it’s a mental illness, physical problem, or some other trait) on their bodies, then pose for the camera in order to share it with the world.
2. We’re all crazy here
After visiting one anxiety forum after another, UK native Claire Eastham got fed up with the negative conversations surrounding anxiety and depression. So, on her personal blog, she tries to be as helpful and positive as possible to give hope that these things can be handled and to remind you that yes, other people feel the pressure to be happy as well. She writes about everything from overcoming obstacles that sabotage goals to her introverted experience. Before you take her advice, however, remember that she is speaking from personal experience (and that she is not a licensed expert).
3. Let’s talk about mental health
Jessica Walsh is a graphic designer living in New York City. After sharing her personal struggle and history with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders as part of a project titled 12 Types of Kindness, she received messages from friends and colleagues regarding their own. battles over mental health. She has now created the Let’s Talk Mental Health blog, where readers can submit their own stories. She turns them into stunning graphics that she eventually posts on Instagram.
4. Don’t live small
Tina Klaus and her therapist, Michael Maley, Ph.D., co-founded the Don’t Live Small blog, where they post about their work together: Klaus battles bulimia and binge eating disorders. Dr Maley is a registered psychologist specializing in the treatment of “people with eating disorders, body image problems and survivors of trauma, abuse and neglect”. (He’s also recovering from an eating disorder.) His column, The Doc’s In, covers topics such as blame and liability as well as relapse.
5. The span of my hips
The Span of My Hips is a feminist blog that focuses on mental health and empowerment topics, particularly body image. From reasons why you don’t need excuses to take care of yourself to simple public service announcements that remind you of how wonderful and worthy you are, many posts will put some serious pep in your step. Although the author doesn’t reveal much about herself, she does mention that she is a “queer white woman from Canada” with a master’s degree “focusing on the intersections of mental health, physical health and policies “. Just be prepared for potentially polarizing posts on topics like sexual abuse and the criminal justice system.
Jeremy Dean has a doctorate. in Psychology from University College London and is the founder and author of PsyBlog. Dean started the blog in 2004 because he believed there was nowhere you could find an easy, readable translation of the latest scientific findings related to psychology. He explores a wide range of topics to help readers better understand the way they think and feel, such as the connection between how the brain works and what we eat and how our childhood affects our happiness later in life.
7. It’s time for a change
Time to Change is a UK campaign whose mission is to end the stigma surrounding mental health by starting a conversation around it. The blog portion of the website features personal stories, like Ilona’s about changing attitudes about eating disorders and Irum’s about the importance of the language we use when talking about health. mental.
8. Dior Vargas
Inspired by the lack of diversity in the media portrayal of mental illness, Dior Vargas, a self-proclaimed “Latin feminist and mental health activist”, launched the People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project. She hopes readers facing similar challenges will see someone more like them and no longer feel alone.