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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Thank You Mental Health Bloggers

I remember when I was first officially diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I turned inward, fraught with darkness that ignited a quiet yet intense feeling of sadness. The best way to describe it is, it's like being the equivalent of experiencing shock after one is in a car accident. Only, this was a form of mental shock, was numb and disorientated, I disassociated myself and felt isolated and alone.

When you are at war with yourself, it, to me anyway, feels like you are floating through life in a bubble and trying to communicate through it. One can't understand what you are communicating and it's tough to relay how you are doing, what you need for support.

During this time I decided that if I were to survive the war within, I would have to reach out. In the laborious task of getting The Road To Mental Wellness up and running, I would start to use as many do, tools, as I could, to reach as many mental illnesses suffers as possible. Social media was a logical place to start. 

I have to say, that Twitter has been a tremendous help, it has far exceeded my expectations. Find me here: @ArenburgJohn. It has been an invaluable tool for the success of my blog, which, I am internally grateful for.

The best part of Twitter for me has been the support network form all the other mental health bloggers. These mental health warriors understand the internal conflict and pain associated with mental illness and as a result, provide a type of authentic passion that you can't get from the mentally well.

So this one's for all of you, the mental health bloggers of Twitter land. I wanted you all to know that you all provided me with the mental strength to keep going..... Thank you! I am in aw of your courage to tell your stories, to reach out in hopes that you will, not only help yourself, but also help others along your journey. You ARE making a real difference, people are paying attention and looking at you for help. I know that has been the case for me. If it weren't for the fact that you are all scattered around the globe, I would shake your hand in person and say thank you for your help, it means more to me than you will ever know.

Here I will add your link to your site as a thank you for being there for me. If by chance I forget anyone I apologize as I put a lot of effort into ensuring I got everyone.

treatyobrain - Wonderful site, very well written and was the very first place I guessed blogged. Born out of strength and courage. (Link also on my Blog)

A Borderline Dad - Love it, I enjoy this blog and reading the twits. Always bounces back. (Link also on my Blog)

A New Dawn - I Love the owner's commitment to normalizing mental illness, tireless and relentless, I have partnered with her on several projects, including being on her podcast. Has been the strongest support for me on and off the internet. Her work knows no bounds and is, like all of you, helping so many.

Sick, Not Weak. - A non-profit organization that I write for. Its goal is to provide support for all things mental health related including checking in and offering words of encouragement. Love these guys, helping so many, have always found time to support me... Thank you!

Joy For Jan. -  Very busy advocating for mental health in the form of guest videos, people tell their stories about their mental health journey, It's A wonderful and unique idea I am happy to be part of it. You're a true mental health warrior.

Abbeys Chronicles - A champion for the mental health community and has a great deal of varied content, love reading her posts, I guessed blogged and am happy to have met her..... Strong... Keep going!

Nyxie's Nook - A recovery blog - I relate to her struggles because she is able to connect very well with her audience. I have enjoyed her support and chats...... Love what you are doing... Writing is your gift.

Love Life & Embrace The Weird - Amazing! Perhaps one of the most supportive people I have met on Twitter. She is always there with genuine concern and has gone above and beyond helping me edit my book. I wish I had your strength. Surfing is her passion but, kindness is her gift, editing is her thang. Thank you for all your hard work... - Much to my disappointment, I was not able to find her site :( But here is a link to her twitter - Worth the work to ask her for her blog, great content, great person. I chat with her from time to time and have guessed blogged on her site as well... Chin up and stay strong.

So, there it is... thank you all so much, you have all made a huge positive impact on my road to mental wellness. For this, I will always be grateful.

if you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, please reach out. I thank you for your service and you are still worthy and mean something. I believe in you!

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