Exciting news…

Here’s what I posted on Facebook and Twitter today.

Great news! The next incarnation of this blog, “Coming Out Crazy” is now in development at Psych Central. Looking great. And, I can keep my  Canadian spellings, too. Should be up in about a week. Thanks to Dr. Grohol and your team.

And thanks to you, for taking a chance on me and moving here with me. I hope you will follow me and our community when we make our move.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, it turns out we were simply “waiting” for the universe to unfold, here, at this address.

I didn’t have a plan, but I did have a dream. I had no idea any of this was going to happen when I launched this incarnation of “Coming Out Crazy” on Wednesday, April 14th from my final post at The Toronto Star.

Your comments there warm the cockles of my heart. They mean more to me than my replies can ever possibly express. I’m speechless. Rare for me. :)

All I did was keep churning out my lemonade and working like I’ve never worked in my life. Hard and Fast. There was no time to worry or brood. That’s not my style. I accept the past. Stay in the present. And, somehow, the future takes care of itself.

So, have a great day and speak soon. When we launch, I’ll be signing off here and continuing to post on Facebook and Twitter just like I do now. All that stays the same.

Nothing will change. This is my blog, our blog, and always will be. Things are just going to get a whole lot better. More freedom. Shorter posts. At least three or four times a week. Maybe more.

Plus I’ll have lots of blogging support for WordPress – which I’m just learning to use – and a lovely editor with a “light touch” – we’ve already started corresponding. She’s not unlike my beloved Toronto Star editor Brandie Weikle.

She and I are still working together, by the way. I’ll be writing features for her at Healthzone, where Coming Out Crazy originated.

At our new address, I’ll be joining a fascinating and eclectic party of Psych Central bloggers with a delicious smörgåsbord of intriguing perspectives and assorted specialties ~ to suit every interest and taste. I’m joining a vibrant community. The first mental health website on the planet. Fifteen years old. Leading the way. A team. Like the newsroom of a big urban daily newspaper.

We’re retaining our name and our ethos. Coming Out Crazy and community development. Conversation. Discussion. Disagreement. Freedom to be who we are. To evolve and practice using our voices in a safe haven.

“Share. Learn. Grow.”

I’ll have complete freedom to continue our conversation. Continue with my mental health advocacy. Continue my teaching. Continue my commitment with my commitments to social change through public education.

I have to confess, I’m daunted by all this. A mite nervous. But I’m not going to think about it right now. I’m pulling a Scarlett O’Hara, who famously said in the final paragraph of Margaret Mitchell‘s romantic Civil War classic, Gone with the Wind, “I’ll think of it all tomorrow… After all, tomorrow is another day.”

So bye for now. Today, I’m offline so I can finish my end-of-term marking/grading.

The clock is ticking.

Sending you all my affection and gratitude.

Speak soon!

“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.” ~ Groucho Marx

And finally, thank you, Mr. Marx, wherever you are ~ for defining our spirit with your vivid wit and wisdom.

xox

sln


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6 responses to “Exciting news…

  1. That is awesome. We need more positive voices! I really believe that if we are going to stop the negative stereotypes that surround mental illness, we are going to have to put a human face on it. It will take all of us (professionals and amateurs) to show the world what the real face of mental illness is and to change society’s views.

    When I was first diagnosed as being Bipolar, both my therapist and my parents told me not to tell anyone. So for almost a year I kept the notion that I was Bipolar to myself. I really did not have anyone to talk to on a personal level, because you can only communicate so much with a therapist. But when I decided to tell my closest friends about my Bipolar disorder something amazing happened, instead of them seeing me as a “different” person or somebody that was “weird,” they opened up to me about their own issues; one had been clinically depressed, whereas the other an alcoholic. Through our conversations we grew as friends and had a better understanding of each other.

    It is that kind of dialogue and friendship that I wold love to see grow. We need more people to understand what we are going through, but at the same time realize that we are all in this together.

    Again I am looking forward to when you write for PsychCentral.

    Dave.

    • David,
      Heartfelt thanks for this extraordinary comment. I’m thrilled to make your acquaintance. i love your blog.
      Please accept my apologies for replying to you so late. I’ve been off line all day marking/grading my students final exams and projects and now I’m going to bed. We seem to be “soul-mates” although linguistically, we differ a bit. Anyway, I’m so dead tired, I cannot keep my eyes open. I tried to send you a message at your terrific blog, but your site rejected it. No hard feelings. I think my finger slipped. Very sensitive site you have. :)
      We’ll speak soon. If you like it, you can come and join the conversation we’re going to have at “Coming Out Crazy” at Psych Central when we launch, very soon. It will be very enlightening for both of us and I’m sure some “sparks” with fly, too.
      Cheers,
      sln

      • Thank you for the compliments and in regards to the comments, I received the one on my about page, in which you bring up some very fascinating and valid points. I really do need to redo that post, and as you stated there is definitely more interesting things about myself that I should bring up. And thank you for pointing out the fact that Bipolar is an adjective, as you can see I am still very new to the varying mental health terminologies.

        I really like your outlook on life and how you view yourself: “I do not define myself by my mental illness because it does not disorder my life.”

        Sometimes I really forget this, and I allow myself to fall apart. When I am at my weakest I tend to dwell upon my diagnosis and cause myself to create a worse problem then actually exists. However, I have also learned to accept the diagnosis as being a large part of my life, as some of my perceived “weaknesses” are my greatest strengths. Through a lot of my experiences, including the varied addictions and events that have occurred, I have become far more humble; the person I am today is by far different then the person I was a year ago.

        I am going to have to think about your comment on being multi-faceted as I have yet to actually sit down and think about what I am currently like. Lastly, I agree with you on sleep, if I do not get my 9 hours of sleep I tend to fall apart.

        Well thank you again for reading and commenting and I definitely look forward to the insightful conversations that will grow out of your launch at Psych Central. I apologize if this comment is jumbled, I had way to much coffee this morning :)

        Dave.

        • David,
          As I am hastily preparing for my Psych Central launch next week, this will need to be short.

          To be continued.

          I just like to acknowledge commenters. Let me say that I have been working and processing my mental health issues since the age of 12 and I’ve had more practice in psychiatry than most psychiatrists in practice today. It takes time. That’s why we’re Coming Out Crazy… it’s an ongoing process. You have a wonderful mind and spirit. That is obvious. Everything worthwhile takes time. And having a healthy mind is a lifelong learning pursuit. Never ending.

          Between you and me? I had a real attack of anxiety today over all that pressures I am facing right now, not the least of which is “breaking into the U.S. blogging world.” I took a nap, awoke refreshed and I’m here taking care of business, one step at a time. What else can one do?

          Finally, your comment isn’t in the least jumbled. I sense your soul and it’s lovely.

          Cheers,
          sln

    • Sheila,
      How are you? Well, I hope, and not mired in the muck of a smelly, muddy pond?
      I’ve finished my marking, almost. At 12 midnight, when marks had to be filed electronically. Just in under the deadline at 11:58 p.m. It is so hard to assess students. Their academic lives and their futures, sometimes, depend on you and their wretched Grade Point Averages. Luckily many of them learn something, too.
      Now, on to prep for the launch of my new blog on Psych Central, prep for my next term which begins on May 11 and more prep for two upcoming speaking engagements. The life of the freelance. So free. :)
      Wow, when does one come up for air? I’m sure you will agree.
      Sending you sunny days and rainy nights for your gardens.
      Cheers and have a lovely Monday,
      sln

  2. Hi, Sandy,

    It has been our busiest pond season yet. We opened 3 last week to rave revues – got a hug from one person. This week another 5 to be opened- so we will be up to usual smelly tasks – but the rewards are sooooo worth it – making people happy.
    Anyway, I am home a little later today – I have my appointment today – the one I have been waiting 2 months for. I have many things that I want to discuss – I will have to be mindful to slow down and remember that the solutions that I seek will not all come in one day.
    Yes, the hectic schedule is unnerving – time, time! Where do I find the time?
    The small moments I take for myself here can be very grounding for me – so, again, thank you. It is a little stress relief.
    You have a lovely, sunny Monday too!
    I will try to remind myself today to just stop and breathe.

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