Welcome to Shattering Stigmas 5.0!

I’m baaaack! Only this time… a little more half-assedly? I assure you, Taylor has put in all the work in this event. I mostly failed hard at finding contributors? Look, the actual point of this event is that life is hard and sometimes things are garbage and it’s okay to talk about it, so here we are. I kind of hoped that it’d be as easy as it had been in the past: I put out a form, a certain number of people respond, guest posts acquired. Well, that isn’t what happened. I have two wonderful guest posts to share with you. I’ll be doing a couple posts myself. We’ll just call this Shattering Lite™ ?‍♀️

Not sure what the heck this is? Check out past years! 

Last year, I wrote a post for Taylor’s blog for the event. Life was bananas and I absolutely couldn’t even think of hosting. Looking for a job and a place to live and legal junk out the wazoo.. yeah hard pass. Things are calmer now. You know, a little! I’ll be straight with you: working full time while raising two kids completely solo? It’s rough. I had no idea how rough it would be. But now that we’re in a routine, things are working. The kids are in counselling and doing really well. I too have found a new counselor (who happens to have a law background, so it’s doubly good) and am doing okay. Overwhelmed, but okay.

So, we shall again discuss why the bullshit stigma around mental health is so harmful. We will highlight books and other media that tries to quell said stigma. We’ll hear from others who have been affected by it all. And at the end of the day, hopefully we’ll all come away with a little more understanding, knowledge, and compassion.

TWO (2) Winners will receive a mental health book of their choice- Open Internationally! 

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And don’t forget to follow along with the other hosts to see what awesomeness they have in store!

Taylor @ Stay on the Page

Amber @ YA Indulgences 

Mari @ Musings of a Book Girl

Posted October 6, 2019 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in #ShatteringStigmas, Giveaway, Mental Health / 12 Comments

12 responses to “Welcome to Shattering Stigmas 5.0!

  1. You know, I’ve known you for a while, but sort of from a distance – and of course, all your past year’s drama happened while I was still struggling to find a balance between blogging, commenting and life stuff (let’s be blunt: for a long while, I only visited a handful of blogs). So, I just now clicked on the link above and learned about last year’s nightmare. You’re a brave soul, and I can’t think of anyone better for hosting this event (except the people you trusted with taking over when you were away). I hope life has rainbows and unicorns in store for you from now on, because frankly, it owes you more than one.

    Here’s to a successful event too!

  2. Sam@wlabb

    It’s encouraging to be able to look back, and see that things are improving in your life. It sounds like things are moving in the right direction for you and your family, and you should be proud of all the personal victories you have won this year.

  3. Beth W

    Thanks for dedicating time here despite the craziness currently going on! I’m glad you and the kids are in a routine, and that you all have good therapists. I gave up trying to find a good therapist, because it just felt like a losing battle and took so much time, emotional energy, and money, and I don’t even have ANY kids to raise. So well done, you!

    I’m sorry you got such light participation in this. I can recommend a film my friend made about her journey (she’s bipolar and ended up institutionalized), as well as some videos/posts a LARPer I adore has made about her own struggles with depression, PTSD, and ADHD, if that helps. Shit, I could do an entire post on “people whose vulnerability you should watch”, if you need more guest posts. 😀

  4. shooting

    I’m sorry not as many people are participating this year, but this is such an important topic and event and I’m glad it’s still happening. I’m glad that you’re doing well too, and the kids. Counselling can be so helpful and I love my therapist.


  5. I’m glad your life is on a better path. I have several friends who had to break free and solo parent and that’s no joke.

    I had a REALLY rough time with my move for a few months – made harder by outsiders only seeing pretty photos and thinking I was living my best life. I was going to sign up and post something about that for this but honestly, I was in the thick of it and couldn’t drum up the energy.

    I think a lot of people are riding that thin line these days.There’s just so much negativity that’s hard to fight back against and out of so maybe that’s why it was a low sign-up.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  6. I totally missed Shattering Stigmas this year. I’m glad to hear things are going a bit better for you than last year and that you’ve found a new counselor. But man, working full time and raising two kids must be hard. Wishing you a lot of strength and sending good thoughts! And thanks for always putting so much work into shattering stigmas!

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