Get inspired by those who speak out. Whether through blogging or marching, make your voice heard.
Only one month into 2017, and it seems like one of this year’s themes is to speak out. From the many women’s marches that recently took place around the world to campaigns like Bell Canada’s #BellLetsTalk, a day dedicated to reducing mental health stigma, people have been sharing their stories and voicing their concerns.
The latter campaign is the focus of “Even Warriors Get the Blues,” a featured Discover post by Anne Marie of These Are My Scars. Having dealt with depression and anxiety in the past, Anne Marie talks about how she braced herself for their potential return when she was diagnosed with cancer.
As she shares her experience of working with therapists, the ways in which her depression manifested, and the complex feelings of guilt and anger she endured as she worked through these emotions, she shares the power she felt in finding a group of people with common experiences to validate her own:
All the emotions that were suppressed around everyone else bubbled up and escaped when I would talk to other survivors. I was able to express my fears to them and not be afraid that they would fall apart, or become fearful for me, I knew I wasn’t burdening them like I would with my family. They got it, because many of them wore the same mask, they could see past the BS of “I’m fine” and they called my bluff.
At WordPress.com, our philosophy is to democratize publishing. Through making it easier for more and more people to share their stories online, we foster these connections between writers and bloggers. The more voices are shared, the more we’re able to validate each other’s experiences and be a force of change in the world.
So this week, let’s talk. What do you feel stigma or shame about, whether personally or at a cultural level? How can we change that? If you were to start a national, or international, campaign to get people talking, what would it be? Share your experience, and see how many people relate. As an added challenge, take a moment to find other people’s stories through the WordPress.com Reader this week. If something resonates, comment, connect, and build community together.