After living with mental health illnesses for such a long time now, I still struggle with not feeling alone sometimes. No matter how many times somebody tells you “you’re not alone” or “there’s so many people experiencing mental illnesses too”, it doesn’t change how lonely you can feel if you don’t actually know any of those people.
Just a few days ago I explained to Mr.A that I often feel like a person trapped inside a body that does what it wants regardless of what the person wants. I know it’s not that simple and my body has good reason for protecting me in the only ways it knows how but that doesn’t make it easier to live with most of the time.
Something that has helped me though, is finding mental health blogs I can relate to that are written by other people living with a variety of mental illnesses. Through these various mental health accounts, I’ve found comfort, understanding and a sense of belonging that I haven’t quite found in my actual life.
Don’t get me wrong – I have friends and family who love me and care but not many who actually know what I’m going through. Hopefully, this list of Mental Health Blogs, Instagram Accounts & Podcasts will help you to find spaces (as well as mine, obviously) that make you feel a little less alone too!
- We’re All Mad Here: Written by Claire Eastham – “Drawing on her own experiences to talk about social anxiety and panic attacks, Claire is known for her relatable and honest approach, bridging the gap between health professionals and those living with a mental health disorder.” One of my favourite posts? Loneliness – A Dirty Secret
- Anxious Lass: Written by Kelly Jean – Focused on social anxiety, Kelly created this blog to cut through the medical jargon to get to the raw, reality that is social anxiety. One of my favourite posts? 5 Things You Discover After Having A Mental Breakdown
- This Stuff Is Golden: Written by Lauren. Lauren is one of my internet friends whom I adore for her honesty and bravery whenever she posts. She’s inspired me, comforted me, and she’s just a fabulous person to know. She talks about her struggles as a parent with anxiety and depression as well as experiences from her past. One of my favourite posts? Getting Help (Or, Not Getting Help)
- The Butterfly Mother: Written by Laura, a survivor of Post-Natal Depression and Anxiety. “You’ll find tons of information here all about perinatal mental health, anxiety management techniques and being a loving, awesome parent in spite of our struggles.” One of my favourite posts? For Every Kind of Mother
- BlessingManifesting: All about self-care, self-love and mental health. I love the style of the posts and they definitely have some good tips when it comes to mental health illnesses.
- Journey to Wellness: Illustrations by a Counsellor with lovely quotes and inspiration for anybody going through a hard time.
- Anxiety Wellbeing: As a person living with anxiety, this account manages to inspire, challenge and comfort me with their illustrations & quotes.
- Self-Care Station: All about choosing self-care over self-harm through mental health illnesses.
- The Daily Grin: Full of quotes to keep you going through your best and worst days. Whether you’ve survived, are surviving or just beginning, this account has your back.
- Therapy for Black Girls: “The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.”
- Happy Place: “Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.”
- Mad World: “Intimate conversations about getting unwell – and getting better. From Prince Harry to Fearne Cotton. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.”
- The Hilarious World of Depression: “The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations” with comedian guests who have been through, or know somebody who has been through, depression. the conversations are real with enough humor to not reduce anyone to tears.
What are your favourite mental health accounts to follow? Drop them in the comments below so I can have a look too!