Thursday, April 02, 2009

Twitter escapades

Well, I signed up for Twitter tonight. And what a time I'm having trying to find my way around - figuring out the how and what of the thing. I'm such a klutz when it comes to the internet and to learn new things on the computer. Maybe my age? But I still "feel" young.

After a week of feeling rather down, I'm now back to my energetic self. I got a lot done yesterday and today.

I'll probably be doing a presentation at a major bookstore and a signing at another bookstore during Mental Health Week, May 4 - 10. Now I'm trying to put together a press release that will do a good job of getting the word out to the media. The writing is not easy for me right now. I've done so little lately, my writing muscles are stiff and not moving very well. Yet writing is such an important part of my work.

What I would like to talk about is how the church can be supportive of people with mood disorders - especially by sponsoring support groups like Living Room.

Yesterday I heard about someone with bipolar disorder taking his life - someone I worked with on Living Room. Such a shock that was. With 15% of bipolar people dying by suicide the importance of good support is of utmost importance. I was deeply saddened by the news, but determined more than ever to do what I can to raise awareness.

4 comments:

Vorpalblade said...

I use Twitter for work reasons. I still don't "get" it.

As for the 15%, I didn't realise it was so high for bipolar. I know they say that 1 in 10 BPDers will commit suicide but not bipolar. Jees.. looks like I am practically dead then with my diagnoses then :(

Wendalyn Love said...

Marja,
I have just gotten back to your blog for the first visit in awhile. As usual, I appreciate your honesty and your heartfelt comments.
Twitter... you are an adventurous person! I tried it once and decided that it was too overwhelming. I find that with depression it is best to keep things simple if possible.
Of course when I am manic I sign up for all sorts of things, only to unsubscribe the next day! Such is my unstable life.
Anyways, just wanted to say hi, and to encourage you in your blogging. Your words serve a purpose that you may never even know about.
I believe that as we speak from our hearts about how we are experiencing life, others can be so easily touched by God without our even being aware of it.
Keep speaking from your heart!
Wendalyn

marja said...

Hi Bladey: Yeah, a depressing statistic, isn't it? Not a good one to be reminded of. It's a potentially fatal illness we have.

Don't know if I'll keep up with Twitter. Seems you can only deal with trivialities there. I prefer blogging.

marja said...

Wendalyn. Thank you so much for your comments. You have encouraged me to post - see what I wrote today. And I hope I will keep on keeping on. I'm very grateful to you. You have made a difference.