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#MHBlogAwards

Hey

This is just a little informal post to say that this blog has been nominated for the #MHBlogAwards in the Micro Influencer category.

I’m really proud of this blog and the mental health community so I’m promoting these awards a lot as I feel it gives us a chance to showcase the unique area of mental health blogs and vlogs.

If you would like to vote in the #MHBlogAwards you can do so here. And if you would like to vote for this blog then it is Jo: Me And My MH Matters. But obviously no pressure.

Voting closes on Friday 27th July and the Awards are on Saturday 28th July. I will keep you up to date on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you for all your support always.

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Liebster Award 2018

So for the second year in a row I have been nominated for the Liebster Award (you can read last year’s post here). This year I have been nominated by the wonderful Orange Walls blog. You can check out their post here and I would highly recommend reading through their blog.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is a way to recognise smaller blogs, expand audiences and to get to know other bloggers from around the world. The rules for the award are: Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to their blog, give the award to 5-10 new bloggers who you think are great and leave a comment on their blog if you can to let them know you’ve nominated them.

My answers to Orange Walls’ questions:

1. If you want anything for your blog (i.e. more followers, more views…), what would it be and why? The main thing I want for my blog is for it to help others who are dealing with mental illness to feel less alone and to also show that its OK to not be OK because I know how difficult it can be to face mental illness. Obviously the more people I can reach the better but even if I help one person that is something.

2. If you could puck one thing you are most proud of about your blog, what would it be? The thing I am most proud of about my blog is that people feel able to engage with my blog and seem to find it helpful.

3. What kind of self care tips do you employ while writing? I try to make sure I take regular breaks while writing as my concentration is not always great.

4. Describe your ideal writing space. My ideal writing space is a well organised, neat area that is quiet. I’d love a space surrounded by everything that inspires me and the cat close by.

5. Write a 5 word tagline that you would put on your blog. Mental health matters and campaigns (Its actually on my blog and yes I know its not very original).

6. What drives you to write a blog on MH? The reason I write about mental health is because I want to help erase the stigma surrounding it. I want people to realise its OK to talk about mental health, especially if they’re struggling. I want to help normalise the conversations.

7. What got you into writing/blogging to begin with? I started writing as an outlet of my frustrations at the system and the stigma surrounding mental health. Before blogging I hated writing as I was always made to feel I was no good at it at school.

My questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. How would you describe your blog in three words?
  3. Has blogging helped you, and if so how?
  4. Who inspires you?
  5. What advice would you give to someone new to blogging?
  6. How would you like your blog to develop?
  7. What’s your favourite quote?

My nominees:

  1. Lisa’s Reality
  2. Inside Liam’s Head
  3. Shatter The Stigma
  4. Stronger Together
  5. Rob Talks Mental Health

Please take time out to check them all out. They are amazing blogs and I look forward to reading their answers.

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by shatterthestigmadepression.wordpress.com. The Liebster is an online global award to connect people with new blogs. It was started by Global Aussie back in 2011 and the rules can be found at theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/. My nomination comes from a wonderful blogger who discusses her battle with depression. I would implore you to check her out. She is awesome. She set 11 questions for me to answer.
1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging as a way to share my story and to add my voice to those trying to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. It was also a way for me to come to terms with my diagnoses.

2. What inspires you? In my writing I am inspired by two people, Jonny Benjamin (the mental health campaigner) and J.K.Rowling (I love Harry Potter). In everyday life I am inspired by the people around me, music and books.

3. What is your favourite quote? “As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I was being rejected from something good, I was being redirected to something better.”

4. What is your biggest achievement so far? Blogging wise it has to be having my work published by different charities. This has offered me some fantastic opportunities. In life in general, my biggest achievement is getting my degree despite battling with my mental health.

5. What is your dream for the future? My dream for the future is to write for more charities and continue to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

6. What is your experience of mental health? I struggle with my mental health on a daily basis. I have Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD, also known as BPD), depression and anxiety. I have struggled since I was a teenager.

7. Have you experienced any stigma associated with mental health? What? I have. I was refused a job on the basis of my mental health. I was told they didn’t think I would cope because I have depression. They didn’t even interview me.

8. Have you got any strategies that you use to improve your mental health? I try to do some form of self care everyday however small. I also use grounding strategies to help me when I am struggling. This includes dot to dot and origami. I guess writing is also a strategy I use.

9. Has something happened in your past that affects the person you are? How do you overcome this? I’ve had quite a few things happen in my past that affect how I see myself and have led to my mental health being difficult. I am working to overcome this to some extent with therapy.

10. What self care do you practice for your mental health? As I’ve said I try to do some form of self care everyday. This can be as simple as having a shower. Other popular forms of self care for me include relaxing in my hammock, playing with my cats or bullet journalling.

11. What have you learnt about blogging since you started? I have learnt that being honest is important. People relate better when you are honest about struggling.

My nominations.

Below are my nominations. I think all these blogs are great. I enjoy reading their posts. If you get a chance check them out.

Blog 1: lisasreality.com

Blog 2: robtalksblog.wordpress.com

Blog 3: aweebitblue.wordpress.com

Blog 4: insideborderline.wordpress.com

Blog 5: liamandhisanxiety.wordpress.com

Blog 6: talkingaboutbpd.blogspot.co.uk

Blog 7: reliefromanxiety.blogspot.com

Blog 8: dearestsomeone.com

Blog 9: thedoodlechroniclesblog.wordpress.com

Blog 10: depresseddetective.com

Blog 11: amysboarderlineworld.com

And my 11 questions for you all are:

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. How would you describe your blog in 3 words?
  3. What do you like about blogging?
  4. What do you dislike about blogging?
  5. What’s your wish for the future?
  6. What advice would you give your younger self?
  7. What advice would you give to someone new to blogging?
  8. What’s your favourite blog post you’ve written so far?
  9. Why do you keep blogging?
  10. What’s your favourite quote?
  11. How much would you say blogging has helped you?

I look forward to reading the responses.