I started a mental health awareness and support page called The Lithium Chronicles on Facebook on Valentines Day 2013 and it has not only been a big support to my followers but to me as well. I have spent hours pouring my heart and soul into that page, and it shows. I do it for the 26,500 people that follow it, as well as for myself. It’s a labour of love and while it can be triggering at times, I would never give it up. I believe that Facebook is filled with some amazing pages that help people on their journey, and I want to share some of my favorites with you today.
I know the admins on every one of the following pages, and they are genuine kind people. They come from all walks of life, some battle mental illness, some have recovered from addiction, some have suffered the death of a child, and all connect with their followers. These page owners care, and that’s why I think it’s so important to highlight the work that they are doing because while they have struggled with pain the likes that some of us couldn’t even imagine, they choose to spend their time bringing love and light into others lives and I think there is nothing more noble than that.
The admins on these pages are advocates and they are here to help you. They are not trained mental health experts, they are here to share their stories, make you smile and let you know that you are not alone.
In no particular order here are a few of my very favorite Facebook pages that you should definitely give a “like” too, and tell them Nicole sent you over to say hello.
Nicole’s Favorite Facebook Pages
- Rantings Of A Beautiful Mind – (396,606 Followers)
This page is filled with everything from lovely poetry and musical lyrics to anything that makes you think. It is a happy page that makes you smile.
- Pepper Vintage – (22,131 Followers)
Pepper is my Hero! Her page description states, “Diagnosed with Bipolar II at the age of 37. This is my story and my journey. I am just like everyone else. Love life and enjoying it to the fullest. Currently diagnosed with Bipolar II , rapid cycling, ADD, GAD.Meanwhile I am still living life and trying my best to share my story and hopefully educate people on mental illness.
PS no meanies allowed on my page. We all support each other on here. Update — found the right cocktail and boy is life amazing these days. Now this page is dedicated to my love pink ♥”
- Raging Rhetoric – (109,294 Followers)
This is a lovely page filled with poetry in motion. This page gets you and your feelings.
- A Day In The Life Of Gina – (15,251 Followers)
Gina’s page description reads, “When I started this page, I was still cycling rapidly with my bipolar. I am stable now and I am positive and want to share that with YOU! WE can do it!”
- Yes, I Feel That Way Too Sometimes – (88,473 Followers)
“Sharing your pain, emotions and LAUGHTER can help you and others to cope and continue with some hope and faith.”
- In Loving Memory of My Son Jason Scott Hearn – (22,406 Followers)
Sharon is a loving Mother and a suicide prevention advocate as well as an advocate for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Her page description reads, “I lost my only son to suicide he was 26, a devoted father of 3 and a very much loved brother of 2 sisters. It was a very painful shock to us as he hid his pain. I have made it my mission to raise awareness and stop the stigma associated around suicide and mental illness, so that people can know it is ok to talk and not be judged. Mental illness and suicide can be treated and prevented with the right help…NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER IN SILENCE!! Please help by “LIKING” and “SHARING” my son’s page. Because together I believe we can all help to raise awareness and hopefully prevent suicide and help people feel comfortable talking about their problems without being judged. Thank you in advance, Sharon, Jason’s mum ♥”
- Stigma Fighters – (2,735 Followers)
A nonprofit organization, Stigma Fighters was started by Sarah Fader. “Real people living with mental illness and sharing their stories.”
- In Pursuit of Calla – (9,594 Followers)
“Calla, a woman born to a young girl. I have lived in the shadow of a sin as a shame for most of my life. That is the past, here we heal and see the light.”
- Mad Girl’s Lament – (854 Followers)
Marisa’s page is brilliant, her description reads, “My name is Marisa Lancione and I have Bipolar Disorder II. I started Mad Girl’s Lament as a place where I share my musings on mental health and my illness.”
- Bruised But Not Broken – (108,980 Followers)
This woman is incredible and I adore her. Living with Borderline Personality Disorder and the recent loss of her father and birth of her new baby, she keeps this page running to show her followers that nothing can keep us down. She celebrates the happy and shares the sad so none feel alone.
- Feminine Collective – (8,916 Followers)
Sharing raw and original stories from men and women around the globe. Opening up conversations that we need to have.
- Make BPD Stigma Free – (9727 Followers)
“Helping those with BPD fight the stigma and enjoy their lives for who they are – highly empathetic, compassionate and creative people.”
- Gravity Imprint of Booktrope Publishing – (646 Followers)
This page is special because it focuses on the stories of trauma and recovery that are published by this imprint. There are links to author profiles, books, great quotes and resources. “Bringing stories of trauma and recovery to light. Fiction or nonfiction. Physical, mental, and emotional. You have stories, we are here to share them with the world.”
- The Peyton Heart Project – (8678 Followers)
This is an incredible page filled with love. Their mission: Our goal is to raise awareness about suicide & bullying. We would also like to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
- PsychCentral.com – (173,672 Followers)
You can find some of this websites best resources on our Facebook page including links to our secure forums and best of our blogs.
I do hope you take the time to check out some of my favorite Facebook pages and hit that “like” button, they’re sure to make you smile, think and maybe even learn something new. Be sure to leave your favorite pages in the comment section below.