Backpacking and Bipolar II. Taking Manic Depression on tour.
#skypesupportinitiative #skype #support #mentalillness
I have decided to start a world-wide, peer-to-peer mental illness support network. The support available where I currently live is woefully lacking. What little support I have heard of through friends e.t.c is generally administered by people who have no personal, direct experience of the mental illness they’re supporting you against. Whilst I do not have any professional medical experience, I am a sufferer just like you – and speaking with me you can be one hundred percent certain that I have no ulterior motive and that there is a great chance that I will immediate understand what you’re talking about.
The aim is simple. To deliver a support service populated completely by volunteers who have personal experience of the mental illness they wish to support you against. When your skype account is online – you’re available. If you are listed as Busy/offline – you’re not. You can be as anonymous or publicly involved as you like. Chat with text, voice call or video call – it is completely up to the parties involved.
Please visit the blog I’ve set up to organise this project and spread the word as hard as you can. I appreciate that not everyone feels that they can offer support to others like this – spreading the word about the project in the hope that more people seek help or offer it is support enough.