Every once in a while someone does or says something that makes you yell, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” For me that person is usually Kelly over at DeBie Hive. Her latest adventure in bravery is The 24 Hour Mental Health Project. It’s a blog and a Facebook page dedicated to smashing the stigma surrounding mental health and it is genius.
The idea is simple, no one can really know what happens in our heads unless we let them in – so we’ll let them in. Through video, writing, or a mix of both anyone dealing with a mental illness can chronicle 24 hours in their head and she will post it. Like an great innovator would, she went first. The results were amazing.
Tomorrow it’s my turn. I am scared terrified. I’ve talked to Dork Dad about it, so he knows he may need to check in on me a few times tomorrow. I’ve talked to my therapist about it, so she knows what next week is going to be all about. I’ve talked to my mom about it because she’ll be here for part of the day.
Now I’m telling you. I’m telling you because even though I am SO much more healthy than I was after Little Monster was born, and even though I am dedicating my life to raising awareness and helping mamas, and even though I talk like a big badass all over social media – I’m still traumatized by the stigma. I’m still scared of opening up and letting everyone in to run the maze with me. There is a little part of me whispering that I could still back out, I haven’t told anyone yet. So I’m telling you.
Even though it’s scary I’m going to do this. For me – because I deserve to shed the shame. For my family – so that they can maybe understand a little more. For you – because I’m ready to let you in. Most of all I’m doing it for The Reader. The Reader is a mom who is suffering in silence who has found this blog somehow. She is the one I write most of my posts too. She is the face I see on the other side of the screen.
You are not alone. I’m going to show you.
If you’d like to follow along my videos will go up on The 24MHP Facebook page all day. I’ll also be writing a wrap-up blog post that will be on the The 24MHP blog page on Friday.
Wish me luck!