We all face struggles in our everyday life. Some of those worries are physical, while some are unnoticeable – like mental health issues. People with these problems may put up a happy façade when, in reality, they need someone to talk with or to listen to them.
That is why it is necessary to create a healthy environment of listeners and friends with whom people can easily reach out to whenever they need them – just like a blog.
Blogging does wonders for our mental health, and that is why it is also an excellent platform to promote mental health awareness. Here is how you can use your own blog to do that.
Share Your Struggles
The first step that you can do to promote mental health awareness is to start with yourself. Talk about your own struggles and problems. Writing them down is not only helping you release tension but also help others become more aware of themselves. Blogging about it also helps break the stigma about mental health conditions.
People with mental health problems may often feel like they are alone in dealing with it. That is why they tend to keep to themselves instead of talking about their issues and seeking help. Through your blog content, they may start to realize that they are not alone and that there is somebody in the world who is also struggling and sharing the burden.
And if possible, engage with your audience by replying to their comments as well. It will not only make them want to read more of your content but will also make them feel heard.
Write About Mental Health
Alternatively, you may share content about mental health awareness. Research about common mental health problems and write about them. If you can, team up with a licensed psychologist to co-write blog articles that will inform people about these issues and how to deal with them possibly.
Some topics that you can write about are:
- Statistics about mental health
- Factors that may affect mental health
- Symptoms of common mental health problems
- What to do when you are at risk or are experiencing mental health problems
- Common myths about mental health issues
Blogging about mental health is a double-edged sword as it can both help and harm a person reading your content. So, it is important to always double-check your facts. It is crucial to be wary of how you write and do not share information that you are not entirely sure of. Make sure to follow the correct guidelines when discussing mental health in your blog post.
Share Content From Other Mental Health Bloggers
If you do not know how and where to start, you can begin by sharing the content of other mental health bloggers. Doing this can help raise awareness of mental health problems as you expand the reach of yours and other people’s mental health blogs.
However, before you do this, connect with the content writers and ask permission to share their content on your site. Then you can write your insights or synopsis of their content and include it in your blog.
Always remember to ask permission when reposting, cite sources when needed, and to link the content to the writer’s blog. Remember the adage “do not do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.” So, do not steal content if you do not want others to steal from you too.
Allow Others To Share Their Own Stories In Your Blog
Your voice is not the only voice that you can use to promote mental health awareness in your blog. Your readers also have their own stories to tell. So, you can set up a weekly or monthly submission from your audience that you will feature in your blog. It encourages them to talk about their problems and introduces them to a community of people who will listen to them.
Talking about their own mental health can help people suffering from mental health problems like anxiety and depression. So offering your blog as a platform for them can benefit them and your other readers as well.
Vlog About Your Story
Finally, instead of writing about your stories, you may post a vlog about it. Some people are more likely to connect with you if they see the face behind the story. You may also schedule a vlog series wherein you also feature experts in mental health.
You can talk about the misconceptions, symptoms, and causes of mental health problems. Or you can invite people with mental health issues to talk about their struggles and how they deal with it.
Nowadays, more people are recognizing and talking about the reality of mental health problems. And you can participate in that movement by using your own resources to promote mental health awareness as well.