Episode 12: Why I Don't Call Myself A Mental Health Advocate Anymore

Today, I'm sharing some personal reflections on the mental health community, my journey into advocacy, and why I don't call myself a mental health advocate anymore. This is something that's been on my mind a lot lately, and something happened this week that made it fresh. So I recorded this episode on Sunday morning - it's not the most refined, but it's real. 

"I apologized on my Instagram story, spent 30 minutes sitting on my phone, crying, and feeling like a shitty person for posting a quote on Instagram that had inspired me. That's what it's like to be a mental health advocate now. "

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In this episode: 

  • my background in mental health advocacy 
  • why I stepped away from advocacy work
  • the evolution (as I see it) of the online mental health community over the past 4 years 
  • navigating the responsibility thrust upon advocates
  • the recent experiences that have led me to be fed up with the space
  • the parallels I see between mental health, feminist, and social justice communities
  • some questions to ask yourself about your own advocacy  

"Even when you’re doing good, you’re doing something wrong. You can never please everybody. And the internet is not always a nice place."