Sunday, 16 June 2013

TBM and Mental Health

Hi everyone.

In my personal life, a number of events have come up that have influenced my decision to run a segment on mental health over the next couple weeks. The segment will include a number of first-hand accounts of people's experiences with mental health, including their own struggles, having to live with others through their struggles, and advice to others who may be going through the same struggles.

Starting Friday, June 21st, we'll be posting one story per day on these topics. Be sure to check back here every day as more stories are released. Here is some of what you'll be reading over the next couple weeks.

Wesley Williams has already written about bullying and interdependence. His piece has served as a jumping-off point for us.

Intisar Ahsan and Andy Tran will start things off with a discussion about self-esteem. They will be focusing on ways to overcome low self-esteem through a unique perspective on criticism.

Stephen Warner will be following up with his take on the psychological effects of living with a disability: fitting in with society and using the system to your advantage.

Shawn Tulloch will be returning as a guest author to discuss the psychological and emotional after-effects of losing three of his fingers in an accident.

Simon Hall has agreed to sit down for an interview session to talk about the effects of OCD and ADD on his school life.

An anonymous writer will provide insight to her lifelong experiences of severe anxiety and panic disorder.

Kaitlin Uzbalis will be returning to talk about her issues with food, and how she mentally struggles with eating certain foods not out of dislike, but of sheer revulsion.

An anonymous writer has agreed to talk about the cruel bullying she received at a previous school.

An anonymous writer will be discussing how she lives her life with Asperger's syndrome, which is part of the Autism spectrum.

Rebecca Hall's post will cover her getting past body issues and a lack of self-esteem in order to achieve happiness and build confidence today.

An anonymous writer will tackle her experiences with depression, anxiety and panic attacks, and eating disorders.

Julia Hall will be introducing us to the weighty topics of depression, self-harm addiction, and struggles with suicidal thoughts.

An anonymous writer has agreed to discuss her own battle with depression, panic disorder, and borderline personality disorder, and how she is recovering today.

An anonymous writer will conclude with a first-hand account of his struggles with suicidal thoughts and the greater issue of depression he faces.

This list is not set in stone. I will update it as more people join this project, and there is always room for more. If you would like to write your own take on any of these issues or something similar, please feel free to contact me in whatever means you feel comfortable with. These accounts are, by nature, quite personal. If identity is an issue, anonymity can be easily guaranteed.

Please spread the word about this. If these articles help at least one person, then I know we have done our jobs.

Our first post is set to be published this coming Friday! Remember to check back here then.

Stephen Warner and the TBM team.

EDIT: Since posting this on Sunday, we have gotten over 350 views and have more than doubled the number of submissions. Thank you all for your support, and keep sharing this message!

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  1. As a person who deals with sever bi-polar and anti-social disorder on a daily basis, I commend you, and all those sharing their experiences, for this idea.
    Only through sharing do we dismiss myths, learn to understand, educate, and help each other. There is no greater suffering than believing no one else knows your pain. And though each one suffers differently, there is no need to be alone through your ordeals.
    Sharing like this not only helps those who have the problems but those who live with them.

    1. Thank you for your comment! It is great to see the sheer amount of support this project is getting; it humbles me. If you would like to share your own story, don't hesitate to contact me.

  2. I personally wanted to say I love this idea. I really hope this turns out to be successful, I will definitely be following the progress of this segment, and I hope that through this people learn to dismiss myths and that these disorders are more than they appear on the surface. As someone currently dealing with depression, I hope you spread this message to many. Best of luck with the project.

    1. Success is in the eyes of the beholder. If we help one person, then we've done our jobs. That said, you can definitely help us spread this message by telling people you know about it: talk to your friends, post it on facebook, every little bit helps!

  3. I can talk about sibling bulling and school bullying how it effects oneself. Along with depression and suicidal thoughts that most people can't detect but there is signs so others can help that person because it gets too late. I'm a girl by the way

    1. Well, if you are interested to write for this segment, please feel free to contact, Stephen, Shawn or I about inclusion of your piece. The more awareness we can spread, the better.

    2. Alright but do I have to say who I am to you guys?

    3. Not at all! If you would prefer complete anonymity, you can contact me or any other author if you would prefer to with what you want to write: just use the links that I posted at the bottom of this post. We will edit it and post it. If we need to do extensive changes, we will contact you back. If you would prefer to use a pseudonym or go through a third party to ensure anonymity even to us, that is fine.

    4. Lovely.
      I'll do send in something in a bit