It is inevitable. Mental illness will somehow rear its ugly head in your life. Even if you don’t have a mental illness, you know of someone who has at least one disorder.
Here is how Mental Snapback comes into play.
You are not alone.
We all have stories, and this is a space to share our struggles, our successes, our failures, and our recovery in our battles against mental illness.
Here is where our voices are heard. Here is where we laugh, cry, ponder… This is a community for those fighting the good fight and busting the stigma of mental illness. Over time, this site will begin building its content due to my schedule. I’ll first start with the Daily Inspiration posts, which will also be shared on Twitter, and the sporadic Tightrope posts. Then, your mental health news with start appearing. Then, your stories will be told through episodes on the podcast (stories of advocates and other individuals in the mental health community) as well as an eventual, annual eBook containing selected stories from readers just like you. Sit tight for things to roll out! I’m excited to work with readers to make this site a great community touchstone!
For obvious reasons, I will not be a part of the submission pool for the eBook, but I, too, am a part of the mental health community. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I at the beginning of 2017, I was forced to come to terms with how I coped with my chaotic thoughts, impulses, and deep depressions. I had to come to terms with how my mental illness affected me. But more importantly, I had to come to terms with how my mental illness affected everyone around me. I’m not saying that other people should have a say in how you cope with mental illness; I’m saying that in your moments of lucidity you should try to be aware of your actions and how it can destroy people and relationships. To live a healthier life, you have to isolate the toxic parts and apply an antidote to them.
In addition to being part of the MH community, I am a writer and a teacher with a Master’s in English. My life has been devoted to the written word and craft. You can check out my portfolio at samanthajmelvin.wordpress.com. And hey! You can also follow me on Twitter at @MentalSnapback! Stop in and say hi!