May is Mental Health Awareness month in the USA. In Australia, we have Mental Health Awareness week in October. However, Mental Health is something that affects people everywhere, all the time – whether they want to admit it or not. So, the thoughtful and brave Ula of the Blog of Erised and Leah from Uncorked Thoughts have declared June to be the Blogosphere’s own Mental Health Awareness month!
These lovely ladies want to spread awareness about the facets of mental health that affect so many people, either directly or indirectly, every day. Unfortunately, despite becoming increasingly common (or perhaps just more accurately diagnosed), there is still a very negative stigma surrounding mental health. So, throughout June, Ula and Leah are co-ordinating a month worth of posts to encourage people to look at the issue a little more deeply, and maybe learn something new.
One of the major ways that Mental Health Awareness month will be drawing attention to reviewing or discussing books that relate to various issues surrounding mental health. There will be guest posts, interviews, giveaways, and more, over the course of the month. You can find a list of all the lovely, brave bloggers who are participating over at the Blog of Erised.
Why do I call these ladies brave? It’s not easy to stand up and loudly talk about something that often causes people to avert their eyes, fidget, and change the subject. Personally, as someone who has both first- and second-hand knowledge on dealing with Mental Health issues, I know how difficult a topic it can be to speak about openly. So, I comment Ula and Leah for creating such a great initiative and encouraging everyone to be brave, and speak out!
Personally, I’ll be posting a review of one of my favourite books, which happens to have mental health at it’s core. I’ll also be posting an interview with a successful professional conducted by Beyond Blue, that I was shown in University, and that had a huge impact on the way I related to mental health.
If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read in June, Leah has created a bookshelf full of books involving mental health; you can see it on Goodreads here.
I’m excited to read what everyone has to share next month! So, stay tuned – or sign up to participate! Let’s break down the walls of shame surrounding mental health. What are you afraid of?