I’m delighted to share that I’m the new blog author for HealthyPlace.com‘s ‘Coping with Depression’ blog.

From HealthyPlace.com:

HealthyPlace.com is the largest consumer mental health site, providing trusted information on mental health disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view. We have online psychological tests, breaking mental health news, mental health videos, unique tools like our “mood journal” and more.

While I’m excited to get started, writing from the heart — especially about my mental illness — is always scary for me. Will my words resonate with others? What if someone leaves a comment that hurts my feelings? Will I be good enough? Do I want to admit that I still struggle daily?

When the scariness begins to overwhelm me, I think back to what I wrote in my application:

My writing style, while positive and uplifting, focuses on the way we think and I cannot imagine a website more in-line with my life’s mission (to promote positive mental health and peace of mind) than HealthyPlace. As a 12-year-old child, I was hospitalized for the first time for depression. Twenty-eight years, two hospitalizations, and many depressive episodes later, I’m now a 40-year-old wife and mother who still struggles daily with mental illness in the form of depression, anxiety, and obsessive thoughts. My motivation in doing this is to kindly, compassionately, and sincerely assist others who are in need of help and encouragement. It is said that “you can only go as deep with others as you have gone yourself.” I have found myself in the pit of despair so many times and, in me, my readers will find a kindred spirit, also afflicted with mental illness, who has persevered… It would be one of my life’s greatest honors to not let my pain go to waste, but to be able to positively impact the mental health of those who would read my HealthyPlace blog.

Reading this reminds me to get over my fear and speak out for those who are suffering.

And now, here it is, my very first blog post on HealthyPlace.com.

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