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Blog for Mental Health 2013

I’m officially taking the pledge:

I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Project.  I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others.  By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health.  I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.

Blog for Mental Health 2013

Blog for Mental Health 2013

I found this awesome pledge and image from A Canvas of the Minds.  And very soon I’m going to check out their page and maybe ask if I could write for them now and then.  Their pledge has been my pledge from the very beginning both for this blog and for my  novel.  It’s great to find a group of bloggers out there who are trying to end the stigma associated with mental illness.  I found this site by visiting Alice At Wonderland another cool, funny blog. I highly recommend you check it out!

Ok, next part:  3.) Write a short biography of your mental health, and what this means to you.

I’ve already sort of done that here so I’ll keep this short.  I’ve been suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression since I was a child.  The first time I had a panic attack is a pretty clear memory for me even though I was young.  And as I grew up, so did my fears.  I’ve officially been suffering for 20 years now.  Every day is still a challenge for me to do everyday things and my life is still restricted.  I’ve tried just about everything to combat this, including meds, drugs and alcohol and now natural methods.  I’m hoping to stay med free even though it means a more restricted life because I don’t want to lose me behind the meds again.  I want to stay creative, crazy me.

4.) Pledge five others, and be sure to let them know!

Ok, first is Emily, of course.  Baby Girl Tamagotch Bowie

We are all Birds, of course

Seeking Validation

My Life, My Wall, My Depression

A Day in My Brain

About Victoria Sawyer (283 Articles)
Victoria Sawyer is a blogger, author, graphic designer, social media enthusiast and mental health advocate. Shocking, honest, sarcastic and humorous, Victoria aims to make readers feel tangible emotions and physical sensations through writing that brings you into the mind and body of someone suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and this strange often darkly hilarious thing we call life. She published her novel Angst in 2013, which realistically and often graphically depicts life with mental illness. Along with crazy blogging, Victoria enjoys reading historical novels, playing with her naughty cats, engaging in rants and metaphysical existential meltdowns and using punctuation to excess in everything she writes.

7 Comments on Blog for Mental Health 2013

  1. I am really glad you have found this, and decided to take the pledge! I look forward to sharing this piece through Canvas, and am very interested in poking around to see what else you have written. All my very best!


    • Thanks for visiting! Once I saw the pledge I thought, I’m already doing this, I have to officially take the pledge. I need to check out Canvas a bit more to see what kinds of writing you guys have. I’m sure it’s great because Alice At Wonderland is a great, funny writer, so I look forward to more good writing at Canvas. I’ll also check out your personal blog. Thanks so much!


  2. Our family is a cornucopia of mental health; we read like a diagnosis list. My kids and I have anxiety, but nothing to the extent my son does. It would be nice if both he and his father would accept that fact, but the stigma has gotten a hold of them as well. It’s very frustrating. Do you have any methods you use to work through it / make it more bearable?


    • I do have methods that I use and there’s an entire post on my blog devoted to them. If you click, Best of Angst you can find one called, My Anxiety/Panic Methods. But perhaps you mean, methods to combat the stigma. That’s a harder one to nail down. I did write and publish a book about what it feels like to suffer from panic attack and anxiety and my hope is that this will reduce the need for that long conversation to explain what anxiety feels like because I think most people dismiss it or don’t understand the huge impact it can have on our lives. It makes me want to post a smaller more condensed version that brings you into the moment. I might do just that…and in the meantime, yea it’s hard. People don’t get it and explaining it can be very uncomfortable. Pointing these people to resources to broaden their knowledge might help and of course knowing inside that you aren’t crazy helps too. It might feel that way, but we aren’t. I’ve managed to find some very supportive people in my life and that makes me feel better too.


  3. I just took the pledge myself and I’m now visiting fellow comrades blogging for mental health.

    I look forward to reading more. Perhaps we can encourage each other.


  4. I experience anxiety for almost a month there are times that I cant control my own body. Its really hard controlling anxiety attacks.


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