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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Mental Health Awareness Month: Sign-Ups


Hey guys! Mental Health Awareness Month is something I've been tweeting about quite a lot lately and I'm really excited to share with you guys what I've got planned. MHAM is a month in which myself and Ula @ Blog of Erised  want to spread awareness about mental health issues and how they affect people. We're really excited to be hosting this MH month; it's something which is close to both of us and I hope you guys want to take part! Here's some information about the month on the blog:

What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
It's an idea that me and Ula came up with to draw attention to all things MH. It doesn't get enough attention and there's still far too much stigma attached to it! I thought the best way for us book bloggers to do this was to dedicate June to reading and reviewing/ discussing books that discuss Mental Health. There's going to be a variety of things going on on mine and Ula's blogs, as well as others. There will be guest posts, interviews, giveaways, challenges and all sorts of events going on as well as reading books that explore issues of MH!

When is MHAM happening?
It starts June 1st and runs through until the 30th of June.

What are the rules?
There aren't any rules really! Whether you're a blogger, vlogger, on Goodreads, an author or anything feel free to take part! The more the merrier. The aim is to spread awareness about Mental Health!

What books are there on MH that I can read?
I've been preparing a shelf on my Goodreads profile especially for this month! Here's a little list to get you guys started. Just follow the link for more :)

Playing Tyler - T. L. Costa
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick
Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen 
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Amy & Matthew (Say What You Will) - Cammie McGovern
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini 
The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer


We're going to be using the hashtag #MHAMJune on Twitter when talking all things MH! 

If you're participating, use the code for the button below!
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40 comments:

  1. June's a busy month for me but I'll ahve a think about what I can do. Maybe I can get some guest bloggers on for when I'm on holiday.

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    1. Awesome stuff - thanks Ellie! :) xxx

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  2. This sounds awesome! Mental Health is something I feel quite strongly about, so I'm so glad you're hosting this! I'll definitely be taking part! I have two books from your list already, and I'll check out your shelf on Goodreads to see if I have any others. Thanks!

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    1. Yay! Look forward to reading your posts :) x

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  3. This is going to be amazing! I'll definitely be signing up soon. Thanks for setting this up :)

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    1. Thank you :) can't wait to see your posts! x

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  4. Ooh! I'm pleased to say I've read a few from your list. I'll definitely be reading more especially. Such a brilliant idea!

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  5. This is a great idea! Thanks so much for hosting and I'll defo be following along :-)

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  6. This is an awesome idea! I'm trying to find some good YA books about boys who struggle with anxiety/depression but it's difficult! Can you think of any? (I read A Note of Madness years ago and that's the only one I can think of right now.)

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    1. This is something I'm searching for too. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan feature one of the Will's suffering with depression. There's Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan too. I've yet to read it but I hear Fan Art does. Amy & Matthew features a boy with OCD. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, It's Kind of a Funny Story. Hope these work for you!

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    2. I've read Will Grayson, and Two Boys Kissing. I'm definitely planning to read Amy & Matthew. The thing is, I'm trying to avoid books that focus on suicide, which narrows my choices quite a bit! But thanks anyway. (:

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    3. Ooh, I found a book called Dr Bird's Advice for Sad Poets and it looks really good; just ordered a used copy off Amazon! Will be reading it for June. (:

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    4. And by that I mean I found it through your shelf, oops. I completely forgot what I was doing for a second after I lost myself reading the Kindle sample of that book. Anyway, yeah, I wouldn't have found that book if not for you. Thank you for putting that shelf together! (: I'll probably spend lots of time perusing that shelf, haha.

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    5. Hahaha no problem! I just wanted to make it easier for everyone to find books on the topic :) hope you enjoy your book!

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  7. I'd join if I didn't already have other stuff going on! I have a mental-health shelf as well, there's not many on it but it might give some inspiration - https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7591340-sarah?shelf=mental-health-problem

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    1. Thanks Sarah! That's fantastic. I totally understand on being busy :). Thanks for stopping by x

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  8. Great idea, I'll definitely be trying to take part in this. I have a few of the books you mentioned and haven't read them yet, so that will be perfect.

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    1. Brilliant - I hope you can join us :) x

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  9. This is an amazing idea! Thanks for promoting it, I'm glad I found this

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  10. If we wrote a piece on the fiction books about Mental health that we stock in store, would that help?

    Bex @ YA Birmingham

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    1. That would be brilliant! If you want to drop me an email I'm at leah1956[a]hotmail[dot]com :) thanks so much x

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  11. I am definitely taking part in this. I did not realise so many books on my TBR coincided with the list you are making on Goodreads! I am currently drafting a post and I will link it up soon! :)

    Thanks for sharing! :)


    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

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    1. Ahhhh brilliant! Thanks for taking part! :) x

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  12. Weeee I just linked up! This is such a fantastic idea, I'm honored to take part! I'll be back soon to link up my HC blog linky xxx

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  13. I have written quite a few post this month regarding mental health since it is mental health awareness and would love to guest post or participate in any way. I have struggles with mental health, depression, bipolar and ptsd for over 20 years and have been hospitalized over 14 times for it . I surprise most people because they have no idea.Which always proves how wrong the stigma is. Great idea:)

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that you've struggled with mental health issues so much :(. I personally have anxiety and panic attacks which can be a nightmare.

      If you want to take part feel free to sign up with the linky above, or if you want to write a post on your own blog I'm happy to publicise it. I'm also happy to host you on my blog (and I'm positive my co-host Ula will be more than happy to host you too!) :)

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  14. I've just found out about this and would love to join in please if I'm not too late. I think it's a brilliant idea. MH is something which is close to my own heart and has affected and still affects my life.

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    1. It is definitely still open! The more the merrier :) x

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  15. I want to join this so badly! I must have read this post over four times now hoping that somehow rereading it would give me more time to participate :( but sadly I have no time :(

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    1. Awww no :(. We're hoping to run it next year too so fingers crossed!

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  16. I saw your link on The Pegster Reads. I'm pretty booked for June in terms of my own blog, but I've subscribed to yours and hope to visit a lot of other participants during the month. Thanks for having this link-up.

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  17. Oops, I meant to sign up for this event ages ago and must have missed it! I'm still planning on reading some books and advertising the event on my blog and will link up reviews as well, as long as you don't mind :)

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  18. I'm so sorry I'm late. But I think this is such a wonderful event. I'll write about it in my blog and link up some reviews to spread the word!

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