Calling All Bloggers – I Need Your Posts for Mental Health Awareness Month!

by D.J. Paris on May 2, 2013

As some of you know I’m on the board of Band Back Together, a fantastic not-for-profit organization that showcases stories of emotional distress, physical and psychological trauma, and surviving. It also celebrates the victories we have over adversary. If you’re not a regular reader I encourage you to check it out. I’m proud to be on staff.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Now, the fun news – to help the Band with their annual fundraiser I’m going to host a twenty-four hour blog-a-thon. This means that I’m going to stay up for a whole day and post each hour. Yeah, that’s twenty-four posts. I didn’t pass calculus, but by my estimation that’s twenty-three more than I generally do in a given day.

We’re still working out the particulars. I plan on having giveaways and prizes, live Google+ webchats, games, and other fun ideas.

Since there’s no way I’m going to write twenty-four quality posts in a day, I need your help.

If you have a post you’d like to submit, drop me a line at dj@thoughtsfromparis.com. I’m looking for posts that reflect on mental health issues  preferably with a humorous tint. If you’re a blogger there’s a 93% chance you have already written such a post. Send it over.

I’ll publish it and it will get seen by thousands that day and forever immortalized on my blog. Further, if you have a book or other gift you’d like to give away, let me know!

Email me your posts and I’ll judge their worthiness.

I’l probably do a few live interviews that day to publish as podcasts. If you’d like to be interviewed about your adventures or experiences with mental illness, let me know.

Thanks, yo.

D.J.

P.S. Date of the marathon session to be announced in the next week. Somebody needs to hook me up with some Class I stimulants, by the way. Don’t bogart.mental health awareness

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18 comments… read them below or add one

Tami May 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I could help you out with mental health issues humorous and sad let me know I would love to help

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D.J. Paris May 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Hi Tami,

Just email me a story and I’ll take a look! Thanks!

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T May 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I did’t know May was mental health awareness month. How ironic being that I’m having my first mental breakdown. My daughter was dating a kid that became addicted to oxycotton. Was involved in robbries to support his habbit, was arrested and went to rehab. He’s out of jail and we know she’s still seeing him. She’s an “A” student and made the deans’s list. She’s a good kid. She’s Finishing up her freshman yr in college and I’m worried sick this kid is around. I used to think things were tough when she didn’t sleep through the nite until she was 3 yrs old. But that was a pc of cake compared to this. In my mind everything leads back to food.

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D.J. Paris May 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Yep – this is some pretty heavy stuff! I wish you the best of luck through this struggle.

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Lil May 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Hmmm… maybe it’s time to revisit what might provide a suitable submission or two over on ahow-toguide.blogspot.com & /sadbloggingwithsomesillybits.blogspot.com. I’ll keep you posted, DJ.

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D.J. Paris May 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

Send it over quick! I’ve already received over 20 blog posts! Thanks.

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Fiona Pearse May 3, 2013 at 12:41 am

Hi D.J.
I did a volunteer day last week at the INUF centre which supports people with mental health issues.
What a great idea. I would love to be involved but I will have to think about a post and get back to you.
Good luck with it,
Fiona

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D.J. Paris May 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

Shoot it over, FP! I’d love to share it!

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OldDogNewTits May 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hey, D.J.

I’ll throw this one in the ring. Use it, don’t use it … it’s your call. Just know that I’ll be in bed all day again if you snub me. (I’m kidding.) Which reminds me, I need to find a new go-to trashy TV show. :)

http://olddognewtits.com/2012/01/23/a-day-spent-in-your-bed-isnt-always-a-bad-thing/

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D.J. Paris May 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

Excited to do our podcast today!!!

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Julie Chenell DeNeen May 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

I’ve got a few. Snort. I’ll send one over.

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D.J. Paris May 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

Ha – yes, you certainly qualify. I love your sense of humor over everything. Amazing.

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Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom May 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I’ve got one for ya. I’ll send it over.

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D.J. Paris May 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

Thanks, Linda! Can’t wait to see you at BlogHer!!!!

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FaceMeetsPalm May 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

I regularly babysit three kids with mental health issues. One has an obsessive compulsion to eat, one is FAS, and the third is cocktail of agony to deal with because all I know thus far is that he will bait anyone he can into hurting him so he can report it to his foster care worker.

You can use pretty much use any blog entry tagged ‘mental health’. There’s a bunch, because I have no idea what it would be like to be well-adjusted and mentally healthy.

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D.J. Paris May 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

Holy crap, that’s a lot to handle. Send me something!!!

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carolyn given May 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

Hey, DJ — just emailed a few pieces last evening. The hyperlink to your email … didn’t work, so I sent them from my gmail account.

Seems that several days ago you’d already rec’d more than 20 submissions so I may have been too late? Dang … JUST became twitter-… member so only met u through that vessel yesterday. Best wishes! CGiven at Given Take

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