Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and this page.
Since I started Not Always Smiling, I’ve been so touched and encouraged by the support of both friends, and people I’ve never met. I am especially touched by the messages, both public and private, that I have received from people who have mental illness, as well as family and friends of people with mental illness. I’ve also heard from people who have lost friends and loved ones to suicide. Every one of them told me how difficult this was to talk about.
The response has validated something I have believed all along: that people need places where they can safely talk about mental illness, without fear or judgment. I see Not Always Smiling as part confession (where I share, warts and all, my experiences with depression and anxiety) and part information (where I share stories of promising new trends in mental health care, creative ways that artists are using to help to erase the stigma of mental illness, and even little known stories of famous people whose mental illness did not stop them from achieving great things.)
This blog has become a passion of mine, and I have big plans for it. I want to add more art and videos. I want it to be a place where other bloggers can share their stories. And I want to make it easier for people to find posts on mental illness topics that mean the most to them.
But all this takes time. And honestly, I can’t afford to give too much time away for free. By clicking on the link below and donating any amount you can afford, you will help me to continue Not Always Smiling, and make it even better.
Thank you again,