Mental Health Blog Party confronts stigma
By Public Relations Staff
May 26, 2011—APA’s second annual Mental Health Blog Party on May 18 encouraged bloggers around the country to raise awareness about mental health. The party – a virtual event where bloggers converged to write on a particular topic and promote a specific cause – generated more than 140 blog posts from throughout the United States and abroad in one of the events held by APA in support of Mental Health Month.
Mental health professionals and consumers shared stories, tips and experiences about mental health in blog posts in an effort to educate the public and decrease stigma about mental illness.
Hosted by APA’s Mind/Body Health public education campaign blog, Your Mind, Your Body, the blog party featured posts on a wide range of topics, including depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, autism, anxiety and stress. Many blogs promoted the benefits of psychologists as part of recovery. The diverse field of bloggers included psychologists, mental health activists and nonprofit organizations, but also included bloggers who don’t usually write about mental health, but focus on topics like parenting, crafting and fitness. A round up of all the blog party posts can be found at Your Mind, Your Body.
Participating blogs included:
Mary Gresham, PhD– APA Mental Health Blog Day: To the Caregivers
Downward Facing Dem – Mental Health Blog Party: My Journey, Part 1
Jill Will Run – Mental Health Month
365 Days of Drawing – Day 089 -Dealer’s Choice—“Mental Health”
Not Super … Just Mom – Rally, y’all
Farewell, Stranger – The Truth About Mental Health
Matt Wixson Blog – Mental Health Month
About.com IBS – IBS: Where Physical Health and Mental Health Intertwine
Fulfillment at Any Age (Psychology Today) – Using Psychology to Help Caregivers
Web traffic to Your Mind, Your Body, which hosted the blog party, increased tenfold on May 18, making it the busiest day for the blog since its creation in 2009. Blog day visitors to Your Mind, Your Body spent considerably more time on the site and viewed more pages than on average.
The blog party, which saw a 600 percent increase in participation since last year, was promoted by APA on its Facebook and Twitter pages generating considerable chatter on social media channels and reaching a wide audience. One blog post this year prompted a comment from a reader who said that last year’s blog party “saved me and was why I got help.”
Your Mind, Your Body was established in 2009 to promote APA’s mind-body health public education campaign and to inform the public about psychological practice and research. Blog authors are APA member psychologists and APA staff who write regularly on topics related to their professional expertise.
Members with an interest in writing for Your Mind, Your Body as a guest blogger can contact Angel Brownawell for more information.