Evening all. I hope you’re well? Or at least not curled up under the bed… and if you are, then be sure to stay hydrated. (Sending my love).
I’ve been MIA on my blog for a while. Other projects have demanded my attention, but tbh, I was licking my wounds. I needed a break. After the TFL campaign I attracted a lot of online criticism/abuse. The worst of which accused me of being the poster girl for crazy. Apparently because I’m slim, white and reasonably young then I can’t have real problems. I’m being used by corporations to glamorise mental illness. “A character from a Woody Allen film,” to be exact.
With all criticisms, I try to keep an open mind. It comes with the territory to a certain extent, right? Maybe I have f**ked up along the way and sometimes the feedback can be constructive.
But not this… what troubled me the most was that it came from ‘my people,’ the crazy ones. The people who I fight so hard to represent. Mental health care is NOT good enough, neither is treatment and don’t even get me started on stigma. I’ll never stop fighting for what every brain deserves.
So at the risk of being unpopular, allow me to address a few things:
- I am white yes. Not much I can really do about that. I certainly don’t have any say in who is chosen for campaigns etc. I would hate for the positive work done for mental health to be tainted. However, diversity is important to me and I’m always open to things being pointed out. (In a respectful way).
- I’m 31, so not exactly young young…. although it is flattering when people mistake me for younger!
- I only take part in projects that I believe are beneficial to both my readers and mental health in general. Most of the work that I do is pro bono.
- I’m 5 ft 7 and nine stone. That doesn’t mean that I’m not insecure about my body. On the contrary, I spent ten years truly believing that I was ugly. (But that’s another story). My point is, I don’t think it’s fair to use my weight against me.
That’s about everything for now. I’ll get off my soap box and make a cup of tea… no, not cammomile.
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