Community Features: Emerging Bloggers & Wounded Healers

MH@H Community features: The wounded healers and emerging blogger series

The Mental Health @ Home Community Features are a way for other bloggers to share their stories on MH@H. The emerging blogger series features guest posts from mental health bloggers who are early on in their blogging evolution. The Wounded Healers interview series celebrates those who drawn on their own experience of mental ill health in order to better help others.

Jump ahead to the Wounded Healer Interview Series.

The emerging blogger series from Mental Health @ Home

Emerging Blogger Series

This series has two main aims. One is to provide new mental health bloggers a chance to have their work seen by a wider audience. The other is community-building and the promotion of connectedness within the mental health blogging community.

Series criteria

  • personal (rather than business-oriented) bloggers whose primary focus is mental health
  • new(ish) bloggers with a small following (e.g. <100 followers on WordPress)

Interested? If you fit the criteria above, get in touch at mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know what you’d like to write a guest post about. Please include your blog name & URL.

Past Emerging Blogger Series Participants

Blog name A–C

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Blog name D–K

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Blog name L–P

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Blog name Q-Z

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The wounded healers from Mental Health @ Home

Wounded Healer Interview Series

The concept of the wounded healer dates back to Ancient Greek times and the God Chiron, who continued to heal others after being wounded himself. More recently, psychiatrist Carl Jung identified this as an archetype, a pattern of human behaviour that occurs across time and space. Since then, the notion of wounded healer has broadened to encompass those in multiple healing professions that draw on their own woundedness in the service of others.

Wounded healers may or may not choose to disclose their own woundedness to those they serve; they may drawn on a greater capacity for empathetic understanding without making it explicit where that capacity comes from.

There’s more background info on wounded healers here.

Being a wounded healer

My own wounded healer pathway didn’t begin until after I was already a mental illness; I became ill will depression a couple of years after entering the field. My personal experience was tremendously helpful in bringing greater empathy and understanding the effects of hierarchical power structures within mental health care. Some separation of client and therapist is needed to be effective therapeutically, but that separation need not look like a hierarchy.

Beyond simply adapting my own attitudes, I chose to be open with my patients whenever I believed that there was a strong possibility my limited self-disclosure could have a therapeutic effect. It turned out to be a powerful tool, in no small part because it levelled the playing field between professional and patient.

Are you a wounded healer?

I’m looking to interview people who:

  • have a mental illness or have experienced some form of significant mental health challenges;
  • are open to sharing how those experiences have impacted their helping work; AND
  • currently/previously in a helping role supporting others with mental health issues (students and retired helpers are welcome too)

If you’d like to do an interview, get in touch at mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com, and let me know what makes you a wounded healer.

Past wounded healer interviews

These amazing wounded healers have been interviewed thus far: