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. "
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."