The [American Psychological Association's] Your Mind, Your Body “Mental Health Month” Blog Party represents the aim of APA’s bloggers to bring mental health writing to the web.
We love that the American Psychological Association (APA) has decided to designate today as some sort of “blog party” to increase mental health awareness, but their press release and related marketing materials on this “blog party” make it pretty clear they don’t have a clue. I’ve never seen bloggers “organized” through a press release before.
First of all, it kind of sounds like the APA doesn’t believe there’s any mental health writing on the web. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth… Mental health writing has been on the web for years! Some of the best writing has been in independent blogs, like Furious Seasons (which has sadly gone AWOL), The Last Psychiatrist, The Carlat Psychiatry Blog, Dr. Deb, and The Trouble with Spikol. You can’t “bring” something “to the web” which has already been around for years and years.
And of course, Psych Central has been writing nonstop about psychology and mental health issues for the past 15 years (and blogging about them for 10). We are the relentless, independent (and sometimes cranky) voice in mental health.
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