Shocking, I know, but Crazy Good Parent isn’t the only blog for parents with mental disorders. Here are two I found that inspire me to keep improving Crazy Good Parent.
This is a UK-based blog started by a mother of six children, Emma White. Here’s a snippet from her “About Me” page:
Emma White The inspiring mum of 6 who dedicates her time to supporting others. While battling with her own demons she continues to be the voice for others unable to speak out. Mental illness almost destroyed her, yet here she is fighting back and teaching you all the things she has learned along the way. Her controversial yet heartfelt writing has become a lifeline to many.
Emma’s got mental health cred beyond publishing a thorough and thoroughly useful site. She works as “a patient led assessor for mental health hospitals [in the UK], ensuring patients are given the correct care.” Her site is beautifully designed and easy to navigate. One of the most interesting features is the ability to blog anonymously. Of course, this is available on Crazy Good Parent, but I’ll be making that more apparent in the future. I’ll also be changing the layout to make it more like a magazine format. Emma publishes posts on parenting, taboo topics, emotions, relationship, and confessions.
Here’s the masthead, with link. Do check out Mental Health For Parents and subscribe. I’m glad I did.
Ok, I’ve got issues with the masthead of this blog by Heather Foster, a mom with Bipolar Disorder 1, Rapid Cycling; Borderline Personality Disorder; and PTSD. The sexed up mom with a strait jacket hanging on a hook behind her just seems to further the image of those with mental disorders as a hair’s breadth away from completely out of control.
That said, this is another thorough and inspiring site that is more like a general parenting magazine than a magazine for parents coping with their own mental health issues. Posts fall into these categories: Mental Illness, Parenting, Lifestyle, and Products. Products does not cover reviews of products helpful to parents, but rather swag-for-sale (t-shirts, buttons, travel mug, etc.) with the Mental Parent logo.
Heather is also a featured blogger for the International Bipolar Foundation. The Crazy Good Parent Facebook page regularly reposts their Facebook posts. In addition to Heather, regular contributors to Mental Parent are Marie Senise, covering Lifestyle and Samantha Nicholls, who covers Mental Health. Subscribe to this one, too.
Takeways for Crazy Good Parent?
- Get the layout groovin’
- Craft CGP’s niche in supporting neurodiverse parents.
- Consider adding regular contributors. Volunteers?
- Write more guest posts, including one on mental illness vs. mental disorder. Both Mental Parent and Mental Health for Parents use “mental illness,” instead of another less stigmatizing descriptor. Suggestions for blogs to pitch and subjects to write are seriously welcome.
- Keep scoping out the mental health for parents community and bringing what I find to you.
Check these blogs and let me know what you think. While you’re at it, think about what Crazy Good Parent can do for the community that isn’t being addressed. Let me know in the comments.