After 2 weeks of missing my regular blog posts, I feel I should explain.
I’ve decided to take my writing in a new direction. When I look at the big picture of mental health in the world today, I admit we have made a lot of progress. It is recognized that mental illness is also a physical illness, with physical causes and symptoms. Those suffering from mental illnesses have many options to turn to, including medicine and therapy. Not quite enough, but way more than available even a few years ago.
I’m glad that we are finding ways to help patients and manage suffering. But those suffering are not just patients; they are also people. Each of them has a story to be told. And I believe it is only by telling these stories, by coming out of the mental health closet, that we will be able to destigmatize mental illness. Yes, quite a few celebrities have started talking openly about their own mental illnesses. But, with few exceptions, the story of the everyday person frequently goes untold.
I’ve written my own story on this blog; now I want to write the stories of others. And I believe these stories ought to be widely read, so I’ll attempt to place them in publications with a greater readership than my blog. Such publications, however, require previously unpublished material. So I’ll be putting this blog on hiatus for a while. Eventually, after the stories are accepted or rejected, I’ll end up sharing them here – so please keep watching this space.
In addition, dear reader, if you want to give us the gift of your story, please contact me. I will want to interview you over the phone. Well, it’ll really be more of a chat, but you get the point. You can choose to remain anonymous, or to use the story to come out to the people you know. Help us tell the world — it could be someone you love.