Blog For Mental Health 2015

Due to my health, I will no longer be able to curate this site. If Blog For Mental Health has served its true purpose, you don’t need me here anymore anyway. The 2015 Blogroll is up-to-date as of this writing, and you can use the wonderful community of bloggers listed there to make connections, and to find kindred spirits dealing with similar challenges. That’s always been the most important role of Blog For Mental Health, to connect individuals in a positive way to support one another.

Show of hands, how many had given me and Blog For Mental Health 2015 up for lost? Be honest now, I can’t see your hands from here!😉

Well, whether you had or had not (and don’t feel badly if you had, I honestly had moments when I wondered myself), I’m happy to end the suspense for you right now by officially launching. . .

art by Piper Macenzie

Blog For Mental Health 2015 badge by Piper Macenzie

A Very Short History Of BFMH:  In 2012, my A Canvas Of The Minds co-founder and dear friend Lulu had a spectacular idea.

I found myself interested in an official blogging project to raise awareness for mental health education. I sifted through Google for awhile, unable to find anything like it. And I thought, “Why don’t I start one?” It would be easy! All I would need to do is produce a graphic and some instructions.

Being a woman of action, Lulu did just that.  In 2013 she allowed me to launch the project through Canvas, and last year this very site you’re visiting now, The Official Blog For Mental Health Project, was developed to handle the campaign as a venture all its own.

The purpose of Blog For Mental Health is to share our stories, educate, eradicate stigma, let those suffering know they are not alone, raise our voices, dispel misconceptions. . .  You know, just your average change-the-world-with-our-words kind of thing.

So How Do I Become A Part Of Blog For Mental Health 2015?

First, all you must do is write a post.  It’s that simple. The post should include the following four items:

1.  The BFMH pledge, the words Lulu kicked this gig off with three years ago:

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2015 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.”

2.  The 2015 BFMH badge, pictured above.  You can put it in the post, on the sidebar, both, whatever you like.  The purpose of the graphic is to catch the attention of your site’s visitors and hopefully get them interested in participating, or at least spreading the word about the campaign.  Which brings me to. . .

3.  Please include a link to this post, or at least a link to the site (blogformentalhealth.com) in your pledge post!  This matters.  The whole idea is to raise awareness, that being the case, your readers need to be able to investigate BFMH further on their own, should they be interested.  The easiest was for them to do this is a source link!

4.  Please include in your post as little or as much as you would like about your experiences with mental health. This can be your own story, the impact of a loved one’s struggles, perhaps something you read or saw that really woke you up to the importance of addressing mental health.  Anything that has truly impacted you matters.  Essentially, we want to know what has drawn you to become a part of the Blog For Mental Health campaign.

There is no requisite number of posts you need to make in the year to “qualify”.  As many of your words and as much of your time as you can contribute, it’s enough.  A little can go a very long way in the fight to raise awareness, educate, show support, and eradicate stigma.

Once you have written your post:  Email the link to your specific Blog For Mental Health pledge post  to blogformentalhealth@gmail.com (just a link to your site itself is not what I need).  I am the only one with access to the account, in case you have privacy concerns.

If you have general questions, read through our Frequently Asked Questions page before emailing me privately — unless of course your question is of a private nature.  If you ask your question in the comments of that page, others may benefit.  As stated above, all emails are held in strictest confidence, no one sees them but me.

Once you have published your pledge post, and emailed me the linkI’ll get you listed on the Blog For Mental Health 2015 Official Blogroll, both on this site and on Canvas.  I’ll also share your voice through our social media channels, and excerpts of your posts through this site.

If you like, include social media you are on (your Twitter handle, the URL of a facebook page for your blog [not your personal account], a link to your Google+ profile) that you would like connected with your post, if any.

You are invited to email additional links to future Blog For Mental Health posts you write throughout the year.  I’ll share these out during the year, though only your initial pledge post will be listed on the Blogroll.  There simply isn’t room to list all pieces there!

Two important disqualifiers:  I will not share posts that are abusive or malevolent (please click here for clarification).  That one shouldn’t have to be stated, but I discovered last year that in fact it did.

Also, there has been enormous growth in the number of spam and ad sites recently.  While I want awareness, I reserve the right to challenge and/or refuse any piece I suspect of being fraudulent or from a site primarily for monetary gain.  This includes individuals who may be self-employed and devote a great portion of their site to promoting paid services. When in doubt, ask: I only disallowed one site out of 268 for this reason last year!😉

Thanks, as always, for your patience, attention, and faith in this project.  Also for your belief that I’m actually going to get this ship out to sea.  That means the world and then some to me. ♥

Show the world our strength, show them our solidarity, show them what we are made of.  Take the Blog for Mental Health pledge and proudly display the badge on your blog!

Further Blog For Mental Health Info:
Frequently Asked Questions
Take The Pledge
About Blog For Mental Health
Handy Links
Blog For Mental Health 2015 Official Blogroll

(Some pages and posts may be temporarily down while I update information.)

© Ruby Tuesday and The Official Blog For Mental Health Project 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ruby Tuesday and The Official Blog For Mental Health Project with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

37 thoughts on “Blog For Mental Health 2015

  1. The Elephant in the Room

    YAY!! I am so excited! I have so much to do now! Which is great because I was in a real slump today! So many things to write!

    *starts frantically typing*

    I also love the 2015 logo! As an Elephant I love the inclusion of such a fantastic animal😉

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      I knew you would the minute I saw the preliminary sketches. I gave the artist complete freedom, and while she turned up with something wildly different than last year, I really kind of love it!

      Thanks for your faith and encouragement, Ms. Elephant! It means so much to me.

          1. kbailey374

            Oh my gosh! I thought *I* invented that expression! As a nurse it is true of many bodily fluids tears, vomitus, feces, etc… but I believe tis true of our emotions as well! I also say that tears are liquid prayers that God can hear just as well as our words 🙂

            1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

              I believe Hagrid says it in one of the Harry Potter books or movies as well. . . Funny how words that ring true like that have a way of coming from so many places! You’re right about the body and its knowledge and need to purge itself of toxins, absolutely, as well as the soul. 😉

    2. kbailey374

      Elephant I keep trying to get to your page with your new blog entry, and I keep getting the Oh Snap! message. I do want to read it sometime. Let me/us know when/if it comes back. And, I had some questions. Well anyway hope you are ok!

  2. NotAPunkRocker

    I think you forget (well, not really, but you know what I mean) who your followers are. We have been there, done that with the trying to get everything in our lives done at once, including bloggity things. No worries😀

    I am so glad to see this and you today. Here’s to another great year of promoting awareness and finding others who can understand what we go through and may be able to help in some cases. The important thing is a place to be heard and for everyone to know they are not alone out there/here.

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      Sheena, I hereby nominate you as the most patient and understanding woman of all time. I know you aren’t the only one who feels it, but you’re the one who never fails to say it.

      Also:

      “The important thing is a place to be heard and for everyone to know they are not alone out there/here.”

      How very right you are. Again. 😀

  3. Cat

    I wasn’t a member last year but will be working on my post over the weekend. Good luck, Ruby and team. Oh and love the badge, elephant great!

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      Cat, I’m very excited to have you participating this year. I hope you know by know that I think your words are wise, brave, and insightful.

      (In case you didn’t, now you do.)

      And thanks for your words on the elephant! I’ll pass them along to the artist, she’s always so anxious to get it “right” for us. 🙂

      1. Cat

        Thank you, Ruby, you’re always very kind and supportive. I couldn’t be without blogging and people like you😉

  4. Kerry S.

    I just assumed you were off being delinquent somewhere and thought “All power to you!” The elephant is a great idea. Pledge post on its way… x

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      Kerry, you’re awesome! Absolving me of — and encouraging me in — my delinquency are qualities I very much admire!

      Thank you for your expressing your admiration for the elephant, total credit to the artist on that one. I’ll pass your words along, she’ll be thrilled that she’s making Warriors happy with it!

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      Thank you for catching that! It was three a.m., I was bound to screw something up with all my clever cutting and pasting. 😉

      Glad to have you (and others) keeping an eye out!

  5. Raeyn

    *steeples fingers* Excellent. I was thinking about this last week. Now, if my brain could remember things for more than a minute lately, we’d be grand at getting this rolling.

  6. Laura P. Schulman, MD, MA

    Hey there, Ruby! Thought you might want to know that in the “pledge” text it says “2014” instead of “2015.” Please forgive my pickiness…I am a compulsive proofreader. I’ll proofread anything…soda cans, billboards, you know, just anything…..but especially really important things! I WAS in fact wondering where the 2015 MHB thing was hiding, but now you’ve unveiled it…and it’s still January! So, my next post will contain the Pledge, if I remember in time. If not, then the next one…oh. I am so scatterbrained these days! ❤

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      Thanks for catching that, you and Kerry both helped me remedy that three a.m. cut and paste error. I appreciate it, because I know a lot of participants will do the same (cut and paste), and it’s kind of an important distinction. . .

      Also, I love that you share my philosophy of “It’s still January, it still counts as the beginning of the year.” 😉

  7. Moze Pray

    I appreciate being chosen and am glad I am able to participate in this. Ive had my blog for maybe a few years. I like seeing that there is a list to choose from for when people who need support or are looking for info can find.

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      I’m so happy you took the initiative to reach out and become involved, Moze! I’m glad you’re a part of the project and look forward to the list getting longer and longer — you’re absolutely right, it really does provide a wonderful network for those looking for support, or even just to learn.

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      Thanks, Janet! You’re so wonderful to have as a support, and I’m grateful for all the kindness you show me. 🙂

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      First of all, though the words are a bit displaced here (in this comment response, I mean), huge congratulations to you on your Profession! You look so beautiful — I truly believe with all of my heart that you’re radiating the light of the Holy Spirit from within you. I know these words really belong on your post about the ceremony and the day, but I’ve been so remiss in keeping up with comments on others’ blogs (even comments on my own blogs) that I wanted to share my joy and love for you here, as your post has been on my “need to respond” list since you published it. Odds are high that if I had waited longer I wouldn’t have found the time to celebrate you and how incredibly inspiring I find you and your journey.

      To the matter at hand here, I confess that I’m delighted to have you pledging! Your belief in the project and support mean so very much to me. It will be an honor and a delight to add you to the 2015 Blogroll, and to share out your words to the BFMH community.

      Lots of love to you, and all that is good for you as you take your first steps into the next part of your journey. ♡

  8. Counseling Insite

    hi there. I have added your campaign to my own blog. This is a great idea and a wonderful way to spread awareness. I’ve had hundred of people “like” that post already.I look forward to seeing my blog on your 2015 roll! Thanks! Randy, founder, counseling Insite

    1. Ruby Tuesday Post author

      That’s great, Randy, I’m glad you’ve taken such an interest. I’ve finally been able to update the Blogroll, so you can go on over and have a look!

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