Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Mental Health Carnival

Welcome to the Mental Health Carnival.

I think it’s really important to share our Mental Health experiences so that 1) people know they are not alone and 2) people understand what it’s like to experience Mental Health issues. It’s not all hearing voices in your head and covering things in tin foil!

Mental Health issues are complex and not always easy to talk about. It can be hard to explain to people that have not experienced it what it’s like. So I decided to hold a little carnival to give others a chance to share their stories.

As it’s my carnival I will start will my latest post, How Do You Stop Your Depression Effecting Your Child?. I wrote this after a small breakdown last week.

These next two posts are both on body image; Rosie discusses The Effects Of Advertising On Our Children.  Watch the moving video she has shared.

Sandy has written an emotional post called The Little Girl and the Diet. This a very brave post about her eating disorder.

Ella at Purplemum has written about Coping with Depression, something I can relate to.

Kelly explains in Snapshots how she realised she was suffering with Post Natal Depression and how it affects her.

 Anna from Dummy Mummy is going the dilemma of making the decision to come off her anti-depressants now she is pregnant. She has a tough choice to make in the Depressive and the Pea.

Multiple Mummy has written a post from the view point of someone has worked in a Mental Health hospital.  She writes Just Because You Can’t See It Doesn’t Mean it’s Not There.

I want to thank all the ladies for sharing their stories with us, it’s not easy thing to do.

I would love this to be a regular feature so if anyone wants to host the next one let me know.

Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


  1. A great topic and so many good posts. x

  2. I have just wrirten a post on this subject, I wasn't aware of your carnival! I both work with those with mental health problems and also I've been going through difficult times myself but struggle to know if mine is the norm or if I should get help! I'd love any readers to also pop over and read my post as any advice would be appreciated, now I am off to read all these!!

  3. Carol, Really interesting topic. We (The Baby Gurus) have been involved in research on mental wellbeing for pregnancy (antenatal depression) and postnatal depression in families. I don't think we even scratch the surface of the troubles new parents face. We have designed and have a resource available for free on how to cope and feel better - available via greatvine. Feel free to get in touch if you wish our input into your carnival.

  4. This is such a useful post. I am suffering with PND and anxiety and have blogged about it a bit. It's so useful to be able to share difficult times and to be able to read other peoples posts and see you're not alone, and also to be able to offer advice where you can x

  5. An excellent carnival. Hat's off ladies.
    I'm sorry I missed this one. Blogging can be such a positive way of helping with the hard times.