Hi! My name is Michelle Hughes, otherwise known as "Bipolar Bandit". I run a Facebook page, a Pinterest board that is a great resource for most mental illnesses, a Twitter page, and I blog. I have been advocating for people with mental illnesses for about 20 years. I recently started an Advocacy Group on Facebook.
I am looking forward to sharing my diary here on Anxiety Social Net. Since I already have been blogging, I suggest that you check my blog to find out more about what I stand for and how I have been advocating, and more about who I am.
My newest project is to spread the news about a petition that I think makes a lot of sense. We, as advocates, have so many ideas of what needs to change and even have solutions of how they can change. The first obstacle is to get people with influence (media, politicians, actors, musicians, athletes, etc) to hear us. I think this petition will get that started.
I am asking that each state come up with a plan for Mental Illness Awareness Week(MIAW). This will not cost too much money, if any and I believe it is something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on. I hope you take a few moments to read the petition, sign it, and share it with others. We need to get our voice heard! If the NFL can dedicate a whole month to Breast Cancer Awareness, then I think that an organization like that and others can use one week to raise awareness, educate, and help to erase the stigma of mental illness. The petition is called Mental Illness Awareness Week Being Observed in 2013 and everything is explained in the petition. Although, this is just for Americans, I am also currently planning a petition for other countries including the US to acknowledge World Mental Health Day too.
I hope to be using this diary on a regular basis. If you want to know more about me, please read my story.
Thanks Anxiety Social Net for allowing me to share this information!