"I fight for my mental health every day in ways most people don't understand. I am not lazy. I am a warrior."
Nothing says it better.
Welcome to my brand spankin' new mental health blog! I was previously writing a different blog about mental health and gluten free cooking, but after a week of hard thinking, I've decided a purely mental health blog is something I'm a wee bit more passionate about.
For those who don't know me, Hello, I am Ashley Pfeifer. I live in the small city of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. I like to read and write and kayak and travel.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type II and Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2008. For those of you who don’t know, Bipolar is a mood disorder that affects about 390, 094 people in Canada. Paired with an anxiety disorder, I’ve struggled with severe depressions, some ups, and a general irritable mood. I was very relieved to be diagnosed. Through humor and extremely hard work, I have now found myself to be a fully functioning person. Half my recovery has been through medication, while the other half has been through diet, exercise, and really hard work.
I truly believe the more we talk about mental health, the less stigma there will be around it. Mental health is just as important as physical health, therefore it should be talked about in the same way any physical illness is talked about. It's not a secret, it's a fact. And the more we talk, the more people will be willing to get help.
I am also a Community Correspondent for Partners for Mental Health
What is that?
What does that mean?
Partners for Mental Health, an independent registered charity, is a national organization dedicated to “supercharging” a social movement that will transform the way Canadians think and act towards their own mental health, and towards people living with a mental health problem or illness.
A Community Correspondent is an enthusiastic volunteer with a desire to help change the face of mental health in Canada. The role of a Community Correspondent is to engage Canadians in mental health awareness through social media avenues, including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
I have previously written about Partners for Mental Health's campaigns so I have re-posted these below.
I look forward to writing about and sharing my opinions and facts about mental health and Partners for Mental Health.