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
The emerging blogger series is a way to give bloggers who are in an early stage of their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It’s also a way to introduce readers to some newer members of our community and promote connectedness within the blogging community.
- you have a personal (rather than business-oriented) blog that’s focused primarily on mental health and illness (not just the occasional post here and there)
- you’re a new(ish) blogger, with WordPress following <100 preferred
Interested? If you fit the criteria above:
- email me at mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com
- let me know the topic you’d like to write about and include your blog name/URL
- don’t think of this as having to “pitch” an idea – I’m just trying to make sure people actually fit the criteria and spirit of the emerging blogger series
Past Emerging Blogger Series Participants
Note: Some of the blogs below don’t link to the emerging blogger’s site because the blog no longer exists at that URL.
Blog name A–C
- A Day in the Life… With Mental Illness (Ashley) – guest post: The worst 5 years of my life
- A Prisoner By No Crime Of My Own (Jodie) – guest post: I wasn’t born yesterday (circa 1935)
- Amy E. Russo (Amy) – Guest post: Tuedays mean therapy
- An Experiment with Vulnerability (RDB) – Guest post: 2021: Challenge accepted
- 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
- Blurry Thought – Guest post: Eating disorders are not a competition
- BNHealthMatters (Brenda) – What I have learnt about grief
- 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
- Coconut Heels – Guest post: Hospitalization & hallucinations
Blog name D–K
- Daily Bliss (Guru of Zen) – Guest post: How to stop being miserable – beating yourself up over goals
- 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
- GAD, Pure OCD, and Me (Chloe) – Guest post: My toxic relationship
- Girl vs. World (Sophie) – Guest post: The reality of social anxiety
- Glass Half Full (Alyssa) – Guest post: A drop of knowledge
- HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger – Guest post: Stigma
- Here Are My Brains (Heidi) – Guest post: Insanely genius
- Higher Times – Guest post: My first psychotic break
- In My Head With Simon – Guest post: Making peace with where you are
- Inside My Manic Mind (Sarah) – Guest post: Maintaining relationships when you’re capricious and socially inept
- It’s On Random (Kat) – Guest post: And I never told anyone
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?
- Life of a Bipolar Girl (Karen) – Guest post: The things I never talk about or say out loud
- 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 to Live (Molly) – Guest post: It won’t leave me alone
- Love, Your Brain – Guest post: What’s in a diagnosis? MDD and SPD
- Mad in Madagascar – Guest post: Hospitalized for schizoaffective disorder
- Matt’s Mishaps (Matthew) – Guest post: How college bested me and my anxiety
- Melan-jolly (Dhruv) – Guest post: How my journey with depression began as a 12 year old
- 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 Brain’s Not Broken (Nathan) – Guest post: How to battle the mental health stigma
- My Life with Dementia and Bipolar Disorder (Saro) – Guest post: The face!
- 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
- Quash Stigma, Not Fat (Burnie) – Guest post: Why you should keep going in eating disorder recovery
- Quiet Person, Loud Thoughts – Guest post: What happens when you don’t die
- Really Real Blog (Tina) – Guest post: The value of DBT skills
- Recovery By Ink (Brittany) – Guest post: Staying in the present with your emotions
- 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
- She Writes, She Says (Lara) – Guest post: One day at a time
- Shrink(ing) Violet (Violet) – Guest post: The turning of the calendar does not start a new story and so it continues
- Something In Mind (Natalie) – Guest post: Accepting the skin you’re in
- Stronger Than What Hurt Me – Guest post: Rape culture is fucked
- Surviving Childhood Trauma (Shanon) – Guest post: A childhood of abuse, an adulthood of trauma
- Tea At Mine (Sharleen) – Guest post: Overcoming PTSD
- The Anxiety Diva (Heather) – Guest post: I needed an antipsychotic to get through the pandemic
- The Art of Being Happy. (Lisa Turner) – Guest post: Can depression numb your feelings?
- The Colourful Salad (Steffi Jenifer) – Guest post: My dark side
- 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
- Tori Talks – Guest post: Mental health illnesses are not adjectives
- Wishing Tree (Sara) – Guest post: Purpose
- Writing Through PTSD (JH) – Guest post: How trauma-focused CBT is helping me
- Your Limitless Life (Rob) – Guest post: There and back again: A young man’s journey through anxiety and depression
- 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.
There’s more background info on wounded healers here. 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.
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 decided to start the wounded healers interview series to showcase the remarkable contributions that people from within the mental illness community have made to help others living with mental illness. I’m looking to interview people who:
- have lived experience of mental illness or other significant mental health challenges;
- are willing to share the impact of those experiences on their helping work; AND
- are working (or have worked) in a helping role supporting people with mental health challenges, either as mental health professionals or wellness-promoting roles (e.g. coaches) – students and retired helpers are welcome too
If you’d like to do an interview, email me at mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com. Let me know how you are a wounded healer, and I’ll send you the interview questions.
Past wounded healer interviews
These amazing wounded healers have been interviewed thus far:
- Caz of Mental Health 360º (nurse) – interview HERE
- Elena of In(ner) Concordia (peer support worker) – interview HERE
- Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts (psychologist) – interview HERE
- Karoline of Not broken – My life with PTSD (nurse) – interview HERE
- Maria Teresa Pratico Swanson of Emotional Musings (various helping roles) – interview HERE
- Marja Bergen (peer support leader) – interview HERE
- Meagon Nolasco of Prose For The Masses (peer support specialist) – interview HERE
- Meg of Where Good Advice Happens (worker at residential treatment for abused youth) – interview HERE
- Wrae Sanders of One Blog, One Day at a Time (behavioural health technician) – interview HERE