Truths

To All Followers, Readers, and Newbies

Hello all.

I type this message with a bit of melancholy, almost. It’s been a good twenty-three months on this website and I’ve made some invaluable connections. When I first created Mental Truths, my first piece ranted on the industry. My second piece ranted on anxiety in social situations and the breath of fresh air nighttime brought. It snowballed from there.

Most people don’t know this, but I started gaining followers and readers and viewers rapidly after I made a post regarding Alex Gorsky. That original post is here if you’d like to take a look. I go back and read it sometimes and laugh at the type of mental health language I used: I thought I needed to fit in with everyone, keep to disorders and clinical terminology. That was cute.

If I ever meet Alex in real-time, I’ll have to thank him and direct him to the above link.

At any rate, I have to say goodbye. It’s time.

It’s time to say goodbye to the old, and hello to the new.

I’m sure you’ve noticed a change in the structure of my website. If you haven’t and you’re not new, then I’m a little offended: how long has it been since you’ve read my webpage?

I won’t be the only person posting here anymore. There are going to be many other stories, other perspectives, other work of self-expression, and that’s where you all come in because I’ll need you all now more than ever. This webpage can’t run without all of you.

Right now, this is still in the stages of reorganization and development. There are webpage specifications I need to fix, and design orientation I need to customize. But all the while I’m searching the web for people willing to share their mental health journey with the internet (and therefore the world). If you’ve been with me these past 23 months (Thank you so much), you know my focus is on alternative mental health care, the hiccups in the industry, and the benefits of being one with our experiences. If you have a story like that, if you have an experience like that (good or bad), this website needs you.

If you don’t, this website still needs your voice. I’m not one to forbade “clinical language”. I’m not one to chew out people for identifying with a diagnosis. I only care what’s comfortable for you to share–and how you share that is up to you.

The majority of the stories and articles will be about alternative, holistic, humanistic care. Not everyone has the opportunity to experience that kind of care, though. If you feel you’ve been mistreated by the industry, if you feel something can change, if you want to call to action, we welcome your thoughts. If you feel you haven’t been mistreated, if you feel it’s helped you tremendously, we welcome your thoughts. If you’re on the fence about both styles, we welcome you.

If you are in college or are a professional in the psychology industry and you come across a research paper/study/article (preferably empirical) that you’d either like to provide an analysis or criticism of, or have me create an analysis or criticism of (we all know how much I love tearing shoddy researchers a new one) we welcome that as well. Many of those will be posted on here.

If you are a family member/friend of someone who has struggled mentally, we also welcome you. We wish you keep into consideration that everyone experiences things differently, and that sometimes it is hard to really understand someone’s pain from the outside: meaning we don’t welcome degrading comments on the concept of “mental illness”. I think you understand what I’m saying. If not, email me, we can talk about it.

If you have an idea of a topic you’d like to write about, or present artwork on (we welcome flash fiction, artwork, poetry, e.t.c) please email me as well. We can discuss what works.

This webpage is a team effort now, a community effort, and whether you’re just skimming past, a dedicated reader, a follower from the beginning (it’s been a long road, eh?) or a contributor, we welcome you and I personally thank you. Deeply.

To summarize: things have changed, I welcome your submissions if you’re interested, I thank you for reading, and let’s get your voice heard.

Contact me here!

About AlishiaDee (372 Articles)
Alishia D. is a blogger, a beginning novelist, and a counselor at 2nd Story Peer Respite house where diagnostic labels and the culture of mental health is long forgotten. She's a mental health peer who has bounced through as many labels as she has doctors, and enjoys being sarcastic when she can. She also hates writing in 3rd person.

4 Comments on To All Followers, Readers, and Newbies

  1. Hey A…. Sounds cool, wish you luck with the new format. Personally I’m more of a voyeur, than participant, although many of my comments could be considered poster children for mental health… lol. I know I shouldn’t joke about that, but I couldn’t help it. But seriously, you know me, I’ll pop by occasionally and leave one of my rambling, non-sensible comments, haha.
    Wish you well. 🙂

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    • I’ll always welcome your rambling comments, and I’ve been so grateful for your continued interest and words of wisdom!! 🙂 If there’s ever a point you would like to e a participant, you’ll have first dibs! I still have to answer your other comments, which I will do when I get back home, I promise hahaha

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  2. Oh, one last thing… You said you still had some reconfiguring to do, don’t forget to add a like button to your page. You got a lot of share buttons, but no “like” button, beside the one in the WP reader.

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    • I did that purposefully. It’s going to be a trial run. I kind of want to get rid of as much of the wordpress cliche things as I can, because I tend to get more views and interaction from people who don’t have any account with wordpress and I don’t want a post that only has like 2 or 3 or 4 likes to deter people. In my mind, I know personally sometimes I won’t read something that looks like only a few people have touched it. That’s just my millennial “MUST READ POPULAR THINGS” kind of mind. I’ll probably put the like button back. But for now, I want it erased from my sight. But I appreciate the looking out.

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