May is Mental Health Awareness Month; a worldwide campaign to bring focus to issues which can affect us all.
To coincide with this, on May 10, 2017, Headspace (a digital health platform and company behind one of the most popular meditation apps of the same name), in partnership with the non-profit organisation Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) launched a weekly blog series entitled; “A Day with Mental Health”.
The aim of BC2M is to start an open and honest, global conversation about mental health; to raise awareness and understanding. Headspace writes on their homepage:
“BC2M’s work is grounded in the latest research, evaluated for effectiveness, and shared with confidence. Headspace is proud to partner with them as we shine a light on the day-to-day experiences of living with a mental health diagnosis.”
Regarding the newly launched blog series “A Day with Mental Health” Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, on his Facebook page wrote:
“Together, in the interests of increasing awareness and compassion, we’ll shine a light on the much misunderstood experience of living with a mental health diagnosis.”
The first post in the series of weekly blog posts “A Day with Mental Health” is an undoubtedly courageous and honest account of living with panic attacks, written by Kelton Wright, the Managing Editor of Headpsace and author of Anonymous Asked: Life Lessons from the Internet’s Big Sister. As Wright notes these series of blog posts are here to remind that:
“Every experience with a mental health diagnosis is different, but in this series, we’ll feature just a handful of the millions of stories. Our hope in sharing these stories is to create empathy, to create a world where discussing our mental health isn’t taboo, and to remind us all, we’re not crazy – we’re just human.”
Headspace and BC2M aim to show with this series that there are always more options available than one may think:
“If you are suffering, you are not alone. In this series, we’re going to shine a light on the minds of regular people trying to get by, to go to work, to pay bills, to love, and to live, just like us. Mental health affects us all. It’s time we look inside.”
To read the weekly blog posts of the series head over to Headspace blog.