Hello, dearies! This is the third time this is happening, wow! That is pretty incredible, yes? Great. If you want to check out some of our past years, I’d advise starting here! So, if this does happen to be your first time, welcome! This event is pretty much all about Mental Health in the YA Community, and in YA books in general. Basically, my co-hosts and I have gotten together with tons of authors, bloggers, and bookish sorts to talk about mental health. Some share stories, some talk from a bookish perspective, but we all agree on one thing: The stigma surrounding mental health in general has to go.
Now, since I have shared with you the past two years, I suppose I might as well share again! Seems quite rude to ask all these lovely humans to share their damn souls on my blog if I don’t plan to do some of the same, eh? Last year at this time, things were pretty damn stagnant on the mental health front. I’d been trying for over a year, in vain, to find a therapist who was a decent fit. I also said that I wanted to be back in 2017 to give you some good news.
Well, I can’t exactly give you good news about 2017 because like, you live in it, you understand. But one thing I can tell you that may be positive is that I did find someone who is a good fit! And look, I have no idea what makes one counselor a good fit and another not. But I will say that I know this one is because she somehow has encouraged me to make actual life changes. Big life changes. Ones that were very, very long overdue that I’ve been wanting to do for some time but was too damn afraid. It’s a process though, make no mistake. It took months to work up to this one (albeit big) thing, but I did it. And you know what? Overcoming one big thing makes me have a little more faith in myself to overcome the next “big” thing that comes my way.
So my message this year is this: Don’t. Give. Up. There are resources that will work for you. It may take ten tries, but who even cares, because if the tenth time takes, you’re on the right path! It might suck, it will absolutely be scary, but knowing there can be a light at the end is worth everything.
Where to Find #ShatteringStigmas
- On Holly’s Blog- The Fox’s Hideaway
- On Inge’s Blog- Of Wonderland
- On Vlora’s Blog- Reviews and Cake
- On Taylor’s Blog- Stay on the Page
- On Taneika’s YouTube Channel
- On Twitter, we hope to organize a chat this coming weekend, so stay tuned (trying to finalize a time with a bunch of people around the world can be hard, guys!)
There will be a big old giveaway again this year! For starers, there’s a SIX- WINNER International Giveaway! That’s right, six readers will win their choice of any book with mental health rep, as long as The Book Depository delivers to you! This ends on November 3 😀
There will also be a couple of Twitter giveaways going on! I am definitely doing one, and I will update this post with the link, but also check out the #ShatteringStigmas hashtag on Twitter for others’!