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.
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.
- 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, email me 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
- Be Alright (Megan) – Guest post: Reflecting on suicidal thoughts
- Between Two Poles (Sarah) – Guest post: Taking off the mask
- BiPolarMania (Brittany) – Guest post: Manic psychosis
- Borderline and Beyond (Tigerchelle) – Guest post: The worst and most painful BPD trigger
- Breathing with a Noose (Noose Girl) – Guest post: Ambulance joy ride
- Broken Hearted Grace (Kim) – Guest post: Life after loss
- Choose Transformation (Kim) – Guest post: Surviving comparison
- Choose Yourself (Tshidi) – Guest post: Why I decided to share my journey with depression
Blog name D–K
- Delilah’s Blossom – Guest post: Butterflies & amnesia
- Dev’s Thoughts (Dev) – Guest post: The monster in me: How I found out I had PMDD
- Digging the Dirt on OCD (Mim) – Guest post: The willy crisis
- Doctor Getting Sober – Guest post: Does a diagnosis make a difference?
- Food.for.thoughts, life, and its ways (Kacha) – Guest post: If you suffer from loneliness, you’re not alone
Blog name L–M
- La Protagoniste – Guest post: Dealing with depression when help isn’t available
- Lacey Talks (Lacey) – Guest post: Can we just talk about bipolar disorder?
- Living in Health (Lisa) – Guest post: Love, hope, and kindness
- Living Resiliently (Ezi) – Guest post: Can a Facebook puzzle diagnose a mental illness?
- Living Well While Mentally Ill (Christopher) – Guest post: Mental illness and work
- Lose Weight with Ang – Guest post: What in the world is orthorexia?
- Lost In My Head – Guest post: I am a bipolar warrior
- Love, Your Brain – Guest post: What’s in a diagnosis? MDD and SPD
- Matt’s Mishaps (Matthew) – Guest post: How college bested me and my anxiety
- Mental Health & Me (Natasha) – Guest post: Saying goodbye to my toxic ‘friend’ – An anorexia nervosa recovery story
- Mental Health Matters (Emma) – Guest post: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder explained
- Mental Health vs You (Ashleigh) – Guest post: The good, the bad, and the person
- Mentally Ill in America (Mio) – Guest post: My possible origin story
- MichelleWriterBlog (Michelle) – Guest post: You truly are beautiful
- My Accessible Life (Nikole) – Guest post: Executive dysfunction tips & tricks
- My Lust for Life (Caitlin) – Guest post: The most traumatised patient
Blog name N–R
- Panoramic Counseling (Johnzelle) – Guest post: What is play therapy?
- Perspective on Trauma (LaDonna) – Guest post: Unchartered: Looking within during unsettling times
- Prose for the Masses (Meagon) – Guest post: PTSD’s many different colours
- Really Real Blog (Tina) – Guest post: The value of DBT skills
- Royally Incomplete (The In Between Queen) – Guest post: Eating disorders and self-help
Blog name S–Z
- Schizowhatnow (Joey) – Guest post: You are not your intrusive thoughts
- Secret Lady Spider (Elle Rose) – Guest post: Explaining derealization
- Something In Mind (Natalie) – Guest post: Accepting the skin you’re in
- Surviving Childhood Trauma (Shanon) – Guest post: A childhood of abuse, an adulthood of trauma
- The Anxiety Diva (Heather) – Guest post: I needed an antipsychotic to get through the pandemic
- The Curly Therapist (Sana) – Guest post: What your attachment style says about you
- The Dark Tales Project (Juan) – Guest post: The darkest tale
- The Tiny Couch (Valerie Rice) – Guest post: Journaling: good vs. evil
- Wishing Tree (Sara) – Guest post: Purpose
- Writing Through PTSD (JH) – Guest post: How trauma-focused CBT is helping me
- Your Social Anxiety Bestie (Sadie) – Guest post: How social anxiety therapy helps me survive as a mom, human, and camel
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, email me 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:
- Caz of Mental Health 360º (nurse) – Interview
- Elena of In(ner) Concordia (peer support worker) – Interview
- Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts (psychologist) – Interview
- Karoline of Not broken – My life with PTSD (nurse) – Interview
- Maria Teresa Pratico Swanson of Emotional Musings (various helping roles) – Interview
- Marja Bergen (peer support leader) – Interview
- Meagon Nolasco of Prose For The Masses (peer support specialist) – Interview
- Meg of Where Good Advice Happens (worker at residential treatment for abused youth) – Interview
- Wrae Sanders of One Blog, One Day at a Time (behavioural health technician) – Interview