Interview with Team Not Ashamed

Hi there lovelies. I had the pleasure of interviewing the wonderful Team Not Ashamed, who are a movement in diminishing the stigma surrounding mental illness, and are a great support network for those struggling with their health. Fantastic work by some wonderful ladies!! You can follow them here on Twitter, and their website. Here’s a little bit more about them, and what to look out for!Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 14.54.47

What inspired Team Not Ashamed? When did you start?
Team Not Ashamed was started by Rachel Griffin, this is what she has to say. “I wrote an article for the Huffington Post “5 Reasons Why I’m Not Ashamed of My Mental Health Condition” and started the hashtag soon after that. I knew how detrimental shame had been in my own life and how liberating it was to let it go. I wanted to invite others to do the same and stand proud in who they are regardless of a mental health condition. 5 amazing ladies joined and took it to the next level and we made the movement more organized.”

You have six lovely ladies who are leading this lovely movement, can you tell me a little bit about each of you?
Here are all of our names, twitter account and blogs
Justine- @JMcNeil_ http://www.justinemcneil.com and http://www.jsdaze.wordpress.com
Rachel- @rachelgriffin22 http://www.wehaveapples.com
Carly- @karbarr2
Nicole- @soupernic http://www.soupermental.wordpress.com
Mar- @mar_andras
Megan- @mentalmetanoia http://www.mentalmetanoia.wordpress.com

What are your main aims with your movement?
To spread the message that mental heath conditions are nothing to be ashamed of! They are not a choice, character flaw, or a weakness. We are helping end the harmful stigma associated with mental heath conditions and advocating for better and more accessible healthcare.

What helps you manage your mental health? i.e any books, therapy you can suggest, or tips on staying well.
Things that help us manage our mental health:
A good support group (like Team Not Ashamed!)
Exercise
Self-care…knowing when you need to spend more time taking care of yourself (this could mean staying away from social media for a few days, taking a day to yourself etc)
PETS!

It’s wonderful that you’re spreading the message that mental health conditions are nothing to be ashamed of! What advice do you have for those struggling with mental health problems?
Know that if you are struggling with your mental health and/or have mental health conditions that it is not character flaw, it does not mean that you are weak and that it is not your fault. There is a large mental health community that is here to support you, know that you are not alone.
Any favourite quotes that get you through the day?
Not necessarily to get us through the day, but one that aligns very well with the campaign is ‘Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others’

Do you have anything upcoming for Team Not Ashamed? If so, what can we look out for?
We will be making #imnotashamed bracelets and other fun goodies that will be available on our website. We hope to start a blog on the website as well. We have “trending days” once a month on twitter where we try to raise awareness about mental health by trending #imnotashamed

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