Scott: I joined advocacy because I felt I had a gift to offer the OCD Community – my experience in overcoming the disorder – and also my ability to research and find valuable information about OCD in a therapeutic way. I think one of the biggest keys to overcoming OCD is to be know the disorder – know your enemy. That means using all of the understandable research, science, and insight provided on World Wide Web today to gain a comprehensive picture of what OCD is – what we are dealing with – and the using the best tools developed to combat the disorder.
Anonymous: I am an advocate because I was diagnosed with PTSD and I realize many who have this diagnosis are dealing with some of the same issues I am, such as acceptance, isolation from family and friends, depression, etc., I thought starting a page would be a good way to connect and provide an outlet for others. PTSD is just coming into the spotlight as affecting others who have been through different types of trauma other than being in combat, which is what most of society thinks of when they hear the term “PTSD”. It is also giving me a way to heal…just another part of my journey.
This page is to raise awareness of PTSD. As a trauma survivor, I feel that more people should know about the effects of this disorder in order to give hope and help to others. Anyone can suffer from PTSD…anyone…men, women, children, elderly. It can be caused by abuse, natural disasters, witnessing car accidents, witnessing deaths/suicides, losing a loved one in a traumatic event. Survivors with PTSD may also experience survivor’s guilt, anxiety, insomnia, emotional instability, etc. We as survivors need support and understanding, not stigmas.
I would like to have the stigma of “mental illness” erased by providing all the information I can to help those in need.
Momma: I started my page as a mental health outlet for me. This page morphed into an online community of individuals who feel they can reach out to me and to each other to better understand the great impact Autism has on our children, on our relationships, and on our families. my goal is to ensure that no individual, whether autistic or neurotypical feels alone or isolated.
Nina: I am an advocate because I struggle with self- harm and suicidal thoughts. I just want people to know they’re not alone and that they have an outlet. I also would like to educate people with mental illness.
Struggle is just another word for growth.
Even the most evolved beings find themselves in a place of struggle now and then.
In fact, struggle is a sure sign to them that they are expanding; it is their indication real and important progress.
The only one who doesn’t struggle is the one who doesn’t grow.
So if you are struggling right now, see it as a terrific sign and celebrate your struggle.
~Neale Donald Walsch
Danny: I am an advocate because I have lived with depression for over 30 years and have recently chosen to come out in the open about it. I am committed to living “in the light” with my illness and doing whatever I can to fight the stigma and let people know they are not alone.
I blog about my experience with depression and anxiety. I write to share my truth and my hope that others won’t suffer in painful isolation as I once did.
Jo: I am advocate because I am a recovering alcoholic and am living with the hell that is bipolar disorder. I started this page to have a safe place to vent without feeling judged by others,to share experiences in a safe place.
This page is about how I cope or not with bipolar,its for sharing our experinces supporting each other to get through the rough & smooth that comes with bipolar. I would like people to feel they can share with others and also enjoy the page be able to have some banter with each other. Share how different treatments are implemented in different parts of thr world anyway enough of my blabbling.
Admins: We are advocates because bullying has devastating effects including psychological damage such as depression and anxiety, and physical damage such as headaches and loss of appetite. This leads to other negative effects such as social withdrawal which will affect friends and family also. In the case of workplace bullying an individual can be affected financially and career wise which can have lifelong effects. In the case of school bullying, school work can be affected which can also have lifelong consequences. This issue is highly overlooked and definitely needs more attention. This is why we are AntiBullying advocates. We started our page because there isn’t enough awareness of workplace bullying or bullying in general.
Another character in a different game, Vanellope, is told by the characters in her game (her colleagues) that she is a “glitch” and that she isn’t allowed to race with them. This again is verbal abuse and social exclusion. They also push her around – this is unwanted physical contact, and destroy a car that she built – this is tampering with her personal belongings. However, Vanellope cannot leave her game as she is a “glitch” . This is an example of being stuck in one job as she has nowhere else to go.
These stories, and other animations featured on this page, provide a perfect illustration for the purpose of AntiBullyingAtWork – to raise awareness of and stop workplace bullying.
Bullying is not OK, it can happen to anyone and victims have every right to stand up against it. There is no Laws against bullying at work (or bullying in general) and this needs to change. Please like this page to raise awareness of this, and to help put a stop to workplace bullying.
J: I am an advocate because I have always had a great interest in mental health, and, since being affected by mental illness personally, it is my mission to help break down the stigma attached to mental illness and to show nothing but love, care and acceptance to those who are struggling. I have a particular interest in stopping the stigma currently attached to personality disorders.
Other admins also run this page who have varying issues with mental health and addictions. Website
Anonymous: I am an advocate because my son is autistic, has epilepsy and has psychiatric issues (but no official diagnosis). I advocate for him because he is non-verbal and has a great deal of difficulty communicating. On my page I write about my experiences raising my 17 year old son because I like to keep my personal page (mostly) autism-free. It’s kind of an escape.
Oh, and if you don’t like a side of coffee, dog, and wine jokes with your autism this isn’t the place for you.
Christine: I advocate for my two children because everything I had ever been told about them by “professionals” is completely wrong. I was told everything from “they would never speak” to “they will snap out of it.” I spent too many sleepless nights to count educating myself on autistics. Learning and reading from the real professionals, autistics themselves. I advocate because I am passionate about making sure my children are protected and recognized as PEOPLE. Nothing more, nothing less. I advocate as they hold my hand and guide me through this amazing thing called ‘Life.”
Months have changed, and so have we. My kids are growing up and turning into independent people. It’s hard to let go, but I feel I have to move on to a new chapter in our book. “The Growing Years” Yes, these are the fun years. I also have a lot to say about marriage, parenting, homeshooling. Like I said, our life has changed drastically these past months. It’s no longer stuck on the word “autism.” Now we are just living life.