Today is the great unveiling of RealMental.org. It is the brainchild of Leah (leahpeah) and Jess (drowninginkids), who knocked heads together at BlogHer Conference '07 and decided to create a space on the internet where they could "...talk about mental health issues with other people in an open and loving manner." RealMental.org is a place where all of us mentally disordered sorts can share our experiences as individuals, lovers, parents, friends, etc. It's a place where we are not isolated but bound together as a community by our experiences. In the short time that we have been building up the site to get ready for today, I have seen parts of myself with which I felt utterly alone mirrored in the lives of the other contributors. As much as I know that there are always others out there somewhere who deal with similar issues, it is quite another thing to know through the firsthand accounts from real individuals.
I am honoured to join such contributors as Leah, Jess, Marrit (Baldo), Jen (jenandtonic), Danny (Dad Gone Mad), Amanda, Moonflower, and Belinda (NINJA POODLES!), and I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to help plant a community with them that I can wholeheartedly embrace.
So, please head over to RealMental.org, rubberneck a little, and leave welcoming comments for the contributors. It's "[just] a little crazy. But the cool kind."