A Versatile Blog.
So, my good friend Gary, at his site klahanie, has seen fit to pass on "The Versatile Blogger" award to me. There are various rules attached to accepting this ward, but being a little bit of a non-conformist, I'm not going to adhere to them. Suffice it to say that I thank Gary wholeheartedly for thinking of me (once again).
Gary has also passed this award on to a number of other bloggers, all of which blog about the subject of mental ill health. Gary has done this to further raise awareness of the many issues surrounding mental illness, and to attempt to reduce the stigma which continues to problematise the lives of many.
But, as this is "The Versatile Blogger" award, perhaps I'll just say that my blog does attempt to cover other subjects as well as mental ill health, the main purpose of this being to show that those with a diagnosis of mental illness are not defined by their experience of such conditions, but are rather so much more than any label can encapsulate. With people often being referred to solely in relation to their illness, it falls upon people like me and Gary to show that there are thinking, feeling human beings behind all the stereotypes.
So, I'll just say thank you to Gary once again, and hope that, in some small way, both our blogs, and the others mentioned by Gary on his site, can get beyond the labels and narrow definitions often imposed on those with experience of mental ill health, and show that it is time that mental illness shed its taboo identity.