Today I wanted to share with you a dilemma I’m having with my schoolwork. This is a problem I had before, and as soon I was stumped, I quit.
To make sure I don’t quit this time, I’m engaging some help.
The questions I am being asked are, “What problem am I trying to solve?” and “What market am I trying to serve?”
When I first started blogging, I thought the answers were clear. I am trying to give a voice to those of us who suffer from mental illness, particularly anxiety and depression.
I am opening up about my illnesses so that other people know that they can too. We don’t have to suffer in silence.
So if the question is “What problem am I trying to solve?” the answer is “the stigma surrounding mental health.”
What market am I trying to serve? Well, that seems like an easy one too. I am serving people with anxiety and depression.
Perhaps, I’m serving those living with people who suffer as well. Providing a little bit of knowledge and insight into the illnesses.
Writing articles on this website allows me to both solve the problem and serve the market, right?
But does it?
This Is Your Journey, Too
I’m very clear that I am not a doctor or therapist, and I make no attempts to replace either. My goal is to provide a safe space where we can share and relate.
I want to provide solutions so that we can all grow together, and reduce the amount of anxiety and depression in our lives.
I also want people to not feel shame or fear. It’s ok to have bad days. Even if we have a string of great days and think we’re mentally stable, we don’t need to feel ashamed when we slip.
That’s what this website is about. To me, anyway. What is it for you? Why do you come here, or to the Facebook group? What are you hoping to see or learn?
And the bigger questions:
Knowing that I don’t have a degree or educational background in mental health, what can I offer you?
What do you want help with that you find lacking anywhere else?
Please email me or comment below.
I had this conversation with my husband, and yes, I found these questions challenging. It took me some time and at the end of the day, I’m still not confident with my answers.
I really need help here.
Personally, I like reading, but I don’t always like engaging – so I understand that commenting on a post like this can be difficult. That’s a big reason for adding the email option.
Please know that if you email, it’s just me on the other end of the screen. Currently, I don’t have a team of people and support staff. It’s little ol, regular Jo, me.
I look forward to hearing from you. In fact, I kinda need it in order to move on in my course. Without you, I’m stuck.
Please help unstick me!