Mental health carnival

I’ve got something a bit special for you today.

It’s a carnival.

Not of the cancelled St Paul’s kind – this is a carnival, started by Carol at Dance Without Sleeping, celebrating writing about mental health. So grab yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit, and take comfort from these inspiring stories.

Suzie at No Wriggling out of Writing is soon publishing an anthology of poetry and prose on the subject of mental health, called Dandelions & Bad Hair Days, and in this post she talks about how the mummy blogging community has inspired her to share her thoughts and feelings, and how she has found support in the unlikeliest of places.

In this wonderfully honest post, Adele from Circus Queen talks about her worries about how she will juggle motherhood and depression. Marriage seems to have had a positive impact, so will becoming a mother improve her mental health?

ANyone who has ever experienced a panic attack will totally sympathise with Ella at Purple Mum, as she tells the story of her panic attack in the cinema – wonderfully evocative descriptions of a terrifying situation.

Carol at Dance Without Sleeping, the creator of this carnival, is ill for the fifth time this year, and is worried for her physical and mental health. To pull herself back from the edge, Carol is planning a break – a lesson for us all here?

Muddling Along Mummy is wondering if she should ask for help. This is a strangely beautiful post about self harm – at line six I actually got goose pimples…

Coping with a mental health issue of your own is hard enough, but how to you manage when it’s your child that is suffering? Inside the Wendy House worries that her own history of depression and self-harm is to blame, and asks how she can reach out to her beloved daughter.

On the subject of supporting loved ones, Nicola is talking about the highs and lows of living with her husband and his depression. A lack of control, and the helplessness she feels, will resonate with anyone living with someone with depression.

Dark clouds are gathering, and Bloggomy wants to get her thoughts down on virtual paper. Not ashamed of experiencing depression, she finds it hard to manage sometimes, and hopes that writing it down will bring a sense of perspective.

Over at 365 Pearls of Wisdom though, the sunny skies are rolling in. Full of hope for the future, Karen has some ideas for keeping your own mental health in tip-top shape.

Mums the word is struggling with grief, and trying to decide whether or not antidepressants are the answers. What’s the good, she asks, in papering over the cracks?

On a slightly more lighthearted note, Joanne Mallon has lost a tooth, and is worried about the impact of her new ‘gap’ on her self-esteem. How are you meant to stay happy with a gap in your smile?

Actually Mummy is worried about her daughter. “Because I’m rubbish! I’m so bad! I’m a really bad girl!” her daughter shouts. What is a mum to do?

Pret-a-Mummy is talking about sleep. “I felt stressed,” she says, suffering from lack of sleep with her small children “and the slightest problem seemed insurmountable”. Sleep is something we take for granted, but is so important for our mental health.

Hollybobb’s wants to remind us all that depression is not a weakness. Having lived with depression for most of her life, she knows more than most. She shares her thoughts of where to go for support.

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed for a really wonderful and inspiring collection of posts. If you have a post you’d like to share, do feel free to leave a comment and a link.

Photo credit – Paulaloe



  1. 27 April, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    Thanks for the mention. I wrote the post in the past tense, but actually it’s still going on! Early morning call at 4am, when will it end! Great post by the way.x

  2. 27 April, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    Thanks for including my post. I’m going to have a good read around and share this post to share the inspiration.

  3. 27 April, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Thanks for including my post, I hope the whole carnival of links really helps the readers.

  4. 27 April, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    Thanks for including me Jo, and for being part of Dandelions and Bad Hair Days x

  5. actuallymummy
    27 April, 2012 / 3:22 pm

    You know what is inspiring about this? The fact that so many people I admire are going through tough times as well – and dealing with it. That inspires me!

  6. 27 April, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Thank you so much for including me at the last minute!

  7. 29 April, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    Thank you so much for hosting, I am looking forward to reading all the posts.

  8. 14 October, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    Great article. I will be facing many of these issues as well.


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