This is the new Blog for Mental Health 2013 Badge! Lulu started this amazing campaign last year, and it caught on like wildfire with mental health bloggers everywhere. They proudly took the pledge, spread the word to other bloggers, and displayed the badge prominently on their blogs.
Now here is where we get to the meat of how this amazing (yet simple) campaign works.
First, so you know, this isn’t an award. I want to make that plain, because I know that many bloggers feel that the blogging awards passed along, however well-intentioned, sometimes have a bit of a “chain mail” feel to them. No, this campaign is something else entirely. As introduced by its creator, it goes like this:
1.) Take the pledge by copying and pasting the following into a post featuring “Blog for Mental Health 2013″.
I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.
2.) Link back to the person who pledged you.
I found an open invitation pledge from Ruby on the A Canvas Of The Minds blog. Here is the original post! Anyone who is reading my post right now, can consider themselves pledged and able to commit to the project.
3.) Write a short biography of your mental health, and what this means to you.
My finace, Dan, killed himself several years ago. My teenage daughter has also struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide.
This pledge is my opportunity to commit to mental health awareness. I can publicly display this badge to instantly tell my audience what this is all about. And, I can encourage others within the mental health community that have a desire to do the same.
4.) Pledge five others, and be sure to let them know!
These are more than 5 wonderful blogs that all focus on mental health and well being. I encourage anyone to check them out:
Alice, of aliceatwonderland
Soul Survivor, of Bipolar For Life
Bold & Indie, of Bold & Indie
DeeDee, of Disorderly Chickadee
Sailor, of Hello Sailor
Ruby, of I Was Just Thinking. . .
James, of James Claims
Lunch Sketch, of Lunch Sketch
Monday, of Manic Monday
ManicMuses, of Manic Muses
Paz, of Melancholically Manic Mouse
Summer Solstice Girl, of Summer Solstice Musings
Lulu, of Sunny With a Chance Of Armageddon
Angel, of The Mirth of Despair
The Quiet Borderline, of The Quiet Borderline
Sarah Ellen, of The Seascapechronicles’ Blog
As mentioned above, if you happen upon this without being pledged, feel free to take the pledge! Promote awareness!
5.) And, as something novel for 2013, Ruby at , A Canvas Of The Minds blog has launched a Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll! So, in addition to linking back to the person who pledged you, please include the link to this original post in your piece. After you post, click here and leave a comment containing the link to your post, and they will put you on their Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll page!
Show the world our strength, show them our solidarity, show them what we are made of. Take the Blog for Mental Health pledge and proudly display the badge on your blog!
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Important note from Ruby:
Please, everyone: If you want to be included on our Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll, and have your post shared by us via facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, you must leave a comment on the page with a link to your Blog For Mental Health post specifically. Make sure to read the original Blog For Mental Health 2013 launch post, it explains the concept behind this project and gives you an idea of what your post should contain.
I really want to include everyone, but a comment on the blogroll page with the link to your Blog For Mental Health 2013 post is necessary for this (just a link to your site doesn’t help me!). Thank you so much for participating, and for helping me out here by following these three simple steps:
- Read the Blog For Mental Health 2013 original launch post.
- Write a post of your own that follows the directions for making your Blog For Mental Health 2013 pledge.
- Copy and paste the link to that specific post into a comment on the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll page. You won’t see your comment, but I will comment back to you on that post on your blog so you know you’ve been added and had your post shared by us.