Generally, I don’t believe in coincidences, but sometimes all manner of things converge in such a way that even I have to question whether it exists or not. In Australia, October is Mental Health Month; it is also the month that this year sees me celebrate the sixth anniversary of this wee blog, and if the convergence of these events weren’t enough to warrant something ‘special’, this post is the 600th to be published on this blog!
Beginning tomorrow, and through the momentous month of October, I will be answering the prompts she has created in order to continue raising awareness of all things mental health as well as celebrate the six years since I “came out” regarding my war with mental illness.
Headway has most certainly been made in this field since I began writing this blog, but we still have an awful long way to go before mental illness is accepted freely and without judgment, stigma or discrimination.
So feel free to join in and help raise awareness of mental illness! :)
The “30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge” Master List
Day 1: What is/are your mental illness(es)? Explain it a little.
Day 2: How do you feel about your diagnosis?
Day 3: What treatment or coping skills are most effective for you?
Day 4: What are the pros and cons of having a mental illness(es) or your specific illness(es)?
Day 5: Do you believe nature (biology/physiology), nurture(environment), a mix, or something else has an impact on mental health?
Day 6: Do you have a family history of mental illness or mental health issues?
Day 7: Do you think there are any triggers or patterns to how your illness(es) effects you?
Day 8: What age you were diagnosed at? At what age do you think your symptoms began? (You can make a timeline)
Day 9: What are some of the important events in your life, that may have effected your mental illness(es) for the worse or better? (You can make a timeline)
Day 10: What is the best thing in regards to your mental illness(es)?
Day 11: What is the worst thing in regard to your mental illness(es)?
Day 12: What do you think about your diagnosis in general? (Some ideas are: stereotypes, commonalities, misdiagnosis, over diagnosis)
Day 13: If you know the criteria of your illness(es) which ones do you think you meet? Or what are your most common symptoms?
Day 14: Have you ever experienced stigma?
Day 15: How has your life been effected by your illness(es)? (Some ideas are: relationships, career, school)
Day 16: How many people are you “out” to with your mental illness(es)? Why?
Day 17: If you could get rid of your mental illness(es) would you? Why or why not?
Day 18: What do you wish people would understand in regards to mental illness and/or mental health?
Day 19: Have you ever read a self-help book or a book related to psychology? What is your opinion on them? If you have read them do you have a favorite?
Day 20: Where do you get your support?
Day 21: Many people say stress triggers symptoms, do you agree or disagree?
Day 22: What is your opinion on medication used to treat mental illness(es)?
Day 23: What is your opinion on therapy? (It can be any type, some examples are: group therapy, talk therapy, social skills training, exposure therapy, ERP, DBT, CBT, ACT, marital counseling, and many more)
Day 24: What is your opinion on alternative treatments or treatments that aren’t commonly used? (Some examples are: EMDR, hypnotherapy, herbal or vitamin supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, art, music, or recreational therapy, ECT, VNS, TMS, DBS)
Day 25: What is your opinion on forced/coercion in mental health treatment? Can be legal (law enforcement or psychiatric holds) or a “helping” friend/family member.
Day 26: How is your day-to-day life effected by your mental illness(es)?
Day 27: Explain a “good” day.
Day 28: Explain a “bad” day.
Day 29: What are a few of your goals regarding your mental health.
Day 30: What does recovery mean to you?
- 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Master List (mm172001.wordpress.com)
- 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge (gypsyandkyleand.wordpress.com)