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.
Your stories will be told through episodes on the podcast (stories of advocates and other individuals in the mental health community and people outside of that community) as well as an eventual, annual eBook containing selected stories from readers just like you.
Podcast episodes will be posted Sunday night. Submissions for the “Our Stories” episodes will be due Friday night and featured writers will be notified Saturday night. This is subject to change based on the quantity of submissions.
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. Additionally, I am an intern at a podcast media company where I am hosting a Pet Podcast! My life has been devoted to the written word and craft. And somehow along the way, podcasting has become another love. 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!