If you've been watching the BBC Three "It's a Mad World" season recently, you may have caught the "Diaries of a Broken Mind" programme, which featured a variety of young people sharing their daily lives whilst living with a mental health disorder. You can read what I thought about it all here.
The programme was a massive success, trending extremely high on Twitter and reached out to hundreds of people who could identify. One of the participants in the programme, Bex, wanted to make sure that these conversations were continuing to happen in safe community, and so she along with her friend, James, set up "Minds Like Ours."
This community is growing and growing - the feedback has been phenomenal and quite rightly so. A website has already been set up, along with a forum with a constant influx of members. It features stories from those suffering from a mental health disorder in the style of blogs and video diaries. The forum is a great community where questions can be asked, ideas proposed, and it also acts as a general wellbeing hub with plenty of information. There's also a private Facebook group where members can chat to one another for support and information.
I am lucky enough to be an Ambassador for Minds Like Ours for Emetophobia and Depression, and I am honoured to be a part of such a kind and welcoming community. Bex should be extremely proud of her achievements so far, especially since she suffers from mental health disorders herself. A YouTube "welcome" video has already reached over 30,000 views in less than a week, and has been spoken about my a number of celebrities on Twitter. Here is the incredible video if you'd like to take a look.
This community is not limited by location or age, and absolutely everyone is welcome. You can choose how much or how little you want to get involved, and you can do it anonymously if you wish. I have chosen to write a blog, and here it is if you want a gander.
The community also welcomes those who care for or know of someone suffering from a mental health disorder.
I urge everyone who feels comfortable enough to do so to get involved. Minds Like Ours can only grow by spreading the word, so if you can post a link on Twitter, share on Facebook or join the forum. This could really be something amazing if we all try and spread the word.
http://mindslikeours.co.uk/ - Sharing our stories. Raising awareness.