About

Mental health is a difficult conversation, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s something that affects each one of us, whether it is through our own experience with it or through someone that’s close to us. Roughly 20% of the population has or will develop some form of mental illness in their lifetime, and that’s only the people who are diagnosed with the illness. There are friends, families and caregivers who are also affected. Even though so many of us are touched by the illness, the stigma keeps us silent and the silence keeps us from moving forward. It’s time to change that, and we hope this can be a place to do just that.

The goal of this blog is to promote positive mental health and prevent illness by:

~providing a warm and engaging platform for friends, families and advocates to come together and share their personal insights

~encouraging connection through creative expression

~highlighting creativity, innovation and positive contribution in the field

~introducing tools and resources to promote mental wellness

~making research & education approachable

Here, you’ll find insightful articles by guest writers of diverse backgrounds along with helpful links to services, tips for self-care, resources for support, and lots and lots of updates on current research and news on mental health. You’ll also be hearing about all the incredible campaigns and support provided by grassroots organizations that are working quietly to make a real difference in the field. There’s a lot happening out there; we just have to start looking, and more importantly, start talking. Let me know when you feel ready. We can do this together.

About the Creator and Editor:

Nilam is a writer, educator, and a therapist in training. She’s currently working on various mental health projects, and is also training to provide therapy for individuals, families, and children. You can contact her at nilam@sidebysidemh.com. You can look here to find her personal story with mental illness in the family.

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40 responses to “About

  1. This is a great website! I really like your emphasis on encouraging the conversation forward. I’m chronicling my ordeal with the healthcare industry on my site, but more as encouraging checks and balances against an institution doing a terrible job of taking care of and healing us with mental disorders. Looking forward to your next posts. 🙂

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  2. thanks so much for following my blog ‘matinee11’, I’ve always felt everyone has a voice and there are those times that caregivers need to shout a little louder in order to be heard! I look forward to following your blog also.

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  3. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I am touched by your sharing, and feel empowered to know someone here also passionately advocate for mental health awareness. Keep up the good work!

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  4. Thank you for your comment. I’m happy to hear you find the site helpful. I look forward to staying in touch… =)

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  5. Thanks so much for choosing to follow my blog. I have explored yours and you are doing a wonderful work here for families struggling with mental illness and finding appropriate and available health care for loved ones.

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  6. Thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written, and even more as they respond.

    I write primarily on faith and mental illness, though am known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and the occasional poem. If you have any particular requests, please contact me.

    I appreciate what you are doing here with your advocacy for mental health. May you be blessed as you are a blessing to others.

    Gratefully,
    Tony Roberts

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  7. Thank you for following my blog. I am pleased to have found yours. I agree with what you say about needing to talk and open up about our experiences of mental health issues.

    It has taken some courage to talk about my bipolar on my blog and even more so to talk with the press about it, which I have just done. The article was published today!

    I look forward to visiting your blog often.

    Philip

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  8. Hi
    Thanks so much for following my blog and for providing such a valuable resource. Hopefully my topics provide some occasional lighthearted relief from all the serious issues you cover and I’ll know where to turn if I ever need support

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  9. What a wonderful tribute to your brother and sister to start up a blog touching on something so personal to many. Best wishes for you and your family. Thank you for the follow on my blog. I love the side pattern on your blog also!! Tina

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  10. Like most people, I have family and friends who have been touched by mental illness. I read a book about the growth of mental illness in industrialized countries (I reviewed it under the name Ponderer here: http://rockyflatsfacts.com/2013/05/making-america-crazy/
    It seems in some areas we are learning what to do, but not fast enough! The book I read must be over-simplified… I cannot believe doctors would ignore proven treatments if the science is as clear as the book says.

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  11. Thank for following my blog Niamh, I’m sure I’ll pop back here loads of times as your subject is often a subject of the group of people I write for/about 🙂

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  12. Hello! Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. I have struggled with mental illness for a good portion of my life, and it has definitely been a long journey toward attaining wellness. It looks like you have a wonderful array of resources on your website, and I look forward to diving in. Thank you again!
    Blessings,
    Crystal

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  13. Hello and a Happy New Year to You All!
    Thank you so much for following my blog, I’m looking forward to read more in your’s, it seems to be a very nice place to visit.
    Warmest regards from Tussila!

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  14. Thank you for the follow I appreciate it very much so….I also followed you back since I took a look around and really found some great information… I look forward to reading more from you such a great site… Thank you again and hope to speak soon…

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