1 in 5.
That's how many of us experience a mental health condition each year. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s Mental Health Conditions page, one in five adults experiences a mental health condition every year. Yet despite the fact that so many people deal with mental health conditions, there’s still a sense of stigma and fear surrounding the topic today.
We've come a long way from the institutions and harsh, isolating, and largely ineffective treatments. There's greater understanding each year as more and more families and individuals embrace mental and emotional health, counseling and treatment.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top 25 mental health bloggers, in no particular order. One by one, these writers are terrific teachers and experts in their field, often sharing first-hand experiences, challenges and success stories. We respect their work and contributions to greater mental health understanding.
If you’ve ever felt alone in dealing with a mental health concern such as depression or anxiety, read on to find your tribe.
1. Therese Borhard
Therese Borchard blogs about depression, emotional survival, and mental health. She also founded Project Hope and Beyond, an online community over 13,000 strong for individuals with ongoing depression, anxiety, and other chronic mood disorders.
2. Amy Marlow
Amy Marlow blogs at Blue Light Blue as a survivor of suicide loss dealing with mental illness. When she was 13, her father committed suicide, and she struggled with PTSD, depression, and anxiety in the wake of that tragedy. She blogs about living recovery and moving through trauma.
3. Bill White
Bill White writes at Chipur, a blog with a focus on healing for depression, anxiety, bipolarity, stress, and more. He’s a mental health professional and recovering addict as well, and his mission is to help people take positive steps to manage their mood and anxiety disorders.
4. Erin Schulthies
Erin blogs at Daisies and Bruises, a site about the art of living with depression. She’s struggled with severe depression since childhood, and her young adult years were filled with self-injury and suicide attempts. Fortunately, a PTSD program and therapy allowed her to move into recovery. She writes, “I want to tell you what it’s like to be too depressed to move and give you tips for when you feel that way.”
5. Dr. Deborah Serani
Dr. Deborah Serani is a psychologist and practicing psychoanalyst who specializes in treating trauma and depression. Her award-winning books include Depression in Later Life, Depression and Your Child, and Living with Depression.
6. Douglas Cootey
Douglas Cootey blogs about overcoming ADHD and depression with lots of humor and attitude at A Splintered Mind; main topics include ADHD, depression, and suicide.
7. John Folk-Williams
John Folk-Williams’ site is called A Storied Mind, and it helps people recover life from depression. He focuses on sharing stories of people who have lived with depression for years and empowers them to support one another.
8. Monica Cassani
Monica Cassani writes at Beyond Meds, a community site with an emphasis on moving beyond psychiatry and integrating holistic approaches for well-being. She’s a social worker and an individual who had a traumatic experience with psychiatric drugs, and Beyond Meds “documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit.”
9. Fiona Kennedy
Fiona Kennedy’s Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers is about trying to make sense of life with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and occasional depression as well. She writes about her journey with complicated mental health disorders, sharing what has worked for her to facilitate healing.
10. Lauren Hale
Lauren Hale’s My Postpartum Voice is one woman speaking up, reaching out, and inspiring hope for others who deal with postpartum depression. She’s telling women that they are not alone in their struggles with mental health and motherhood.
11. LaRee Etter
LaRee "Etta"’s Depression Marathon is an account of how one runner and health professional has dealt with severe and persistent depression. She shares how it changed her identity, personality and life in hopes of reducing stigma for others with mental illness.
12. Dr. Sarah Ravin
Dr. Sarah Ravin is a clinical psychologist who shares information about Eating Disorders, Depression, and Anxiety in order to “help to bridge the gap between research and treatment” on an individual level.
13. Seanenn Molloy-Vaughan
Seanenn’s The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive is about mental health and activism in the wake of the writer’s 2007 hospital stay for bipolar disorder.
14. Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols writes about living with health, wellness, and wholeness at Anxiety, Panic, and Health; he began writing to share information about anxiety disorders and recovery.
15. Dr. Dave Carbonell
Dr. Dave Carbonell is the Anxiety Coach, offering anxiety help for fears and phobias. He provides practical supports for individuals who cope with panic attacks, chronic worry, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
16. Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley is the Anxiety Guru, a licensed therapist who created The Anxiety Guru Show, a podcast that provides information and advice about Anxiety-related problems. Dooley’s own decade-long struggle with anxiety informs his work.
17. Shann Vander Leek / Ananga Sivyer
Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer are the Anxiety Slayers, providing self-help for anxiety so that readers can calm their minds and heal their lives. They offer articles, podcasts, and customized anxiety-relief downloads as well.
18. Kyle MacDonald
Kyle MacDonald is a registered psychotherapist who created Overcoming Social Anxiety as an an online-based therapy treatment approach for people from all around the world struggling with social anxiety, social phobia and shyness.
19. Claire Eastham
Claire Eastham’s We Are All Mad Here is one woman’s no-nonsense guide to living with anxiety, with a focus on panic attacks and advice for caregivers.
20. Julie A. Fast
Julie A. Fast created Bipolar Happens to provide straight talk on managing bipolar disorder. She’s an author, a self-advocate, and “a world leading mental health expert on the topics of bipolar disorder, depression, and mood disorder management” as well.
21. Jenn Marshall
Jenn Marshall’s Bipolar Mom Life is her way of writing through mental illness, including manic episodes, hospitalizations, and postpartum psychosis. She also co-founded This Is My Brave, Inc. which provides a platform for people to share their stories and end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
22. Joel Gazis-Sax
Joel Gazis-Sax writes at Pax Nortona, a blog about one man’s journey around the world with bipolar disorder. He writes that his travels have taken him to Greece, Mexico, Canada (OK, just Campobello Island), Italy, France, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Macedonia so far.
23. Dave Wise
Dave Wise’s Dave Wise Matters is a blog dedicated to the idea that people matter, and sharing their stories of hope and mental health recovery with the goal of inspiring others.
24. Charlotte Walker
Charlotte Walker’s Purple Persuasion is a mental health blog by a writer who has been dealing with bipolar disorder for more than 25 years. She writes, “While I want this blog to have a wide reach in order to connect with other people in similar situations, it remains my space for exploring what it is like to have a serious mental illness.”
25. Deborah Matthews
Deborah Matthews at Suddenly Bipolar writes about trying to find stability and a new normal after discovering that she had a mental illness. She details how the diagnosis shaped her life, and how spirituality and a support system have influenced her recovery.
While mental illness was once synonymous with isolation, it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to the Internet, you have a wealth of information, support, and resources available at your fingertips. We encourage you to follow the blogs that speak to you and consider joining the conversation and sharing your own story as well!
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