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Lately, MSB has been on a role – producing more content than ever. If you’re a frequent reader you know we start many of our articles by asking “why?”
So why is it that this blog has gone from a personal hobby to a passionate career for me?
Most Mental Health Resources Are Written by Outsiders
Because I saw a need.
I saw a need to amplify the truly relatable voices of mental health.
As I researched topics on mental health for the blog, I slowly began to realize there’s a serious lack of content written FOR us BY us.
There’s a plethora of resource pages out there created by organizations, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals. While they provide an excellent service; the problem is we hear from very few voices speaking from inside the mental health experience.
This can render many of those awesome resource pages hollow and ineffective for those of us struggling day to day with mental illness. It’s pretty lame to get a directed to a resource that only vaguely matches your problem.
And even if the pages come from a insider experience, they tend not to be intersectional – largely ignoring the voices of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Naturally, the solution would be encouraging those voices to speak up. But the issue is, they already are, we just can’t hear them.
Here on WordPress alone there are so many wonderful writers sharing their truths. There are bloggers helping others with their mental health by making sense of their own unique experiences. (To get you started I suggest you check out blogs by Olivia B. Shephard, Topher Gen, or Mental Health 360 UK).
Often, when people search for aid in their mental health journeys they’re limited by technology.
SEO, key words, and browser cookies can actually prevent a curious reader from finding an experience that’s close to theirs.
In this age of mass communication, the people we need to hear from the most are buried under an algorithm.
Amplifying the True Voices of Mental Health
The remedy is to give a boost to the most relatable voices of mental health.
And that’s what MSB is evolving into: a platform that connects those who struggle to those who’ve already been fighting the same demons.
In the coming months we want to build MSB’s voice across channels such as Facebook and Twitter and use that reach to bring attention to the best MH blogs, writers, and content providers out there.
We’ll also be doing what we do best: working extra hard to curate the most actionable mental health resources as well as telling my story to anyone who wants to hear it!
This post represents my “why.”
Growth has a way of making you forget why you began the journey in the first place so I’m using it as a focal point.
I always want to remember why I started this blog: to give a voice to the marginalized within the mental health community.
I’m thrilled to be able to grow this platform and I am forever grateful for the readers, followers, family, and friends who support me <3
Can’t wait to show you where we’re going next 🙂
**Bonus – check out our brand new “Who We Are Video” featuring my cute husband and even cuter cat!!***
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Fantastic update Maria and I’ve been discussing similar on my blog. You know I love what you do and would love it if you’d do a guest post for me. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog, much appreciated.
Aw thank you so much!! I would love to do a guest post!
I really love your blog and the perspective you give, it’s amazing and so are you 😄
Brilliant Maria, any time you’re ready. If you’re happy to share your story and recovery maybe?
In the meantime, keep doing what you do best, you and hubby stay safe and well. Caz x
Of course, I’d be happy to share my story-I think I’d love to do an updated one because I’ve come a long way in a year 😄
Would you like me to email it to you when it’s done?
Thanks so much for your support, you stay safe as well!
That sounds perfect Maria, I can’t wait to read the updated version. And yes, email it when you’re ready. Thank you x
Okay I had some time today and I’ve got my draft all ready, what’s the email 🙂
Maria, you are such a wonderful advocate for mental health! Thank you for always sharing quality resources!
Aw thank you so much, Tana!! Thanks for reading 😄