Spotlight on #selfieofsupport
Zottie Dottie is an online community which shares stories of overcoming adversity. It aims to de-stigmatise mental health by promoting figures who are mental health role models within the community.
I think that this is a really great initiative and one that I really admire. It is so important to normalise conversations around mental health and to show people that no matter what it feels like we are never really alone.
The campaign focuses on connecting with others and encourages us all to be empathetic, kind, caring and to support each other.
To join the Zottie Dottie community, write down what you care about on a piece of paper and take your #selfieofsupport and tag @zottiedottie
Here are a few of the #selfiesofsupport already on Instagram or go to the website to take a look.
Let me know if you join in, I'd love to see your selfies of support.
Here's my message: "I still wasn't completely comfortable with showing my face on this blog for a while but then I realised I've really got to practice what I preach. So here is my #selfieofsupport I want people to know that it is quite ok to ask for help and it doesn’t need to be a big secret. I think it’s important that young people know that you don’t need to wait until it gets really bad and completely unbearable to get help, if there is something that is bothering you then it’s worth talking to someone about it. I know that a lot of people, I used to include myself in this, often think getting help means that you aren't excelling at life. But honestly it means the opposite. It means that you are committed to helping yourself get better and that requires some serious dedication and bravery. You don't have to do this all alone." Check out @zottiedottie and share your #selfieofsupport For more info about the brilliant campaign - link in bio to blog (with links included to all Zottie Dottie's work!)
Any information on this blog is not a substitute for professional advice. It is written from personal experience and research only. If you are in crisis, go to your nearest emergency room, call lifeline on 13 11 14 or dial 000. If you live outside Australia, link to worldwide crisis numbers can be found in the sidebar.