May means a couple of things to me – the real beginning of Spring, my boyfriend’s birthday, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month.
As all of you are aware by now, mental health is something that is very close to my heart. I regularly do Mental Health Monday posts, and this year created the Mental Health Book Bingo. I’ve previously worked for a mental health charity (Mind, which is a fantastic charity in the UK) and I read many books that focus on mental health as a theme, particularly in memoirs and YA. All of this on top of looking after my own mental health, which can vary from day to day.
And yet, a lot of the time I feel like I should be doing so much more to talk about mental health. I want to do more as a resource about mental health for those who are struggling, and for those who don’t know how to support their friends and family. Someday I would ultimately love to collate my blog posts into a book, or help create a book about mental health in my publishing career. I feel like there’s some part of me that is just kind-of meant to help people. I hope that doesn’t sound big-headed.
So this month I’m going to try to talk about my mental health a bit more, not just on the blog, where I’ll be doing my normal Mental Health Mondays, but also on my Twitter and my Instagram as well. I’m hoping y’all will enjoy that!
To wrap this up, I’m going to quickly list a couple of mental health books that I’m interested in reading soon:
Are you doing anything to promote or celebrate mental health awareness month? What mental health books do you recommend to me? Let me know!