More SFF Authors share personal struggles with depression, PTSD, self-harm, suicide—a #HoldOnToTheLight Update

Over 100 authors are now part of the #HoldOnToTheLight conversation! Our authors span the globe, from the US to the UK to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Even more exciting is that as the campaign picks up traction and visibility, more authors want to join, meaning a growing, vibrant dialog about mental wellness and coping with mental illness.

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

We need your help!  Please help the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign and the amazing, supportive, hope-filled blog posts reach a broader audience by liking, sharing, tweeting, posting on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Bloggers and media—please give us a shout-out!

Here are the newest author blog posts, in handy cut-and-paste tweet format to make it easy to share on Twitter:

Jennifer St. Giles:  Tell your heart to beat again. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @JenniferStGiles http://bit.ly/2cYFCiL

Leanna Renee Hieber:  Art can heal you. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by  @LeannaRenee http://bit.ly/2cWIQQG

Sascha Illyvich: What’s stopping you? #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post  by @authorSaschaI  http://bit.ly/2cOvTqc

Keith R.A. DeCandido:   Pretending doesn’t make it go away.  #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post  by  @KradeC http://bit.ly/2cOCG4C

Susan Griffith: One day I changed. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post  by @clayandsusan  http://bit.ly/2d8gKp2

Calandra Usher:   Not Today. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post  by @calandrausherhttp://bit.ly/2coB30k

Bryan Thomas Schmidt:     What’s normal?  #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by   @bryanthomass http://bit.ly/2coB3xt

Linda Robertson:  The Dark Road. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by  @authorLinda http://bit.ly/2cHeoKV

Kelly A. Harmon:   Demons and darkness #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by  @KellyAHarmon http://bit.ly/2d5HGUK

Samantha Dunaway Bryant:  Create and destroy. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by  @mirymom http://bit.ly/2d9NERU

Jada Diaz:   Authors unite #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @ConCarolinas @IamJadaDiaz http://bit.ly/2cqDmep

David B. Coe:   A reason to live. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @DavidBCoe http://bit.ly/2ctbhrS

Clay Griffith:  Broken minds and broken hearts #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @clayandsusan http://bit.ly/2dgjpx3

Sherwood Smith:  Don’t tell me to smile. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @sherwood_smith  http://bit.ly/2dk0Gkk

Tally Johnson:  Ink to remember why #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @TallyJohnson535 http://bit.ly/2cBqZMu

Darynda Jones:  The vulnerable side. #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by Darynda Jones @Darynda http://bit.ly/2dkGlWE

Jody Lynn Nye:  My Lady of Inconvenient Memory #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @JodyLynnNye http://bit.ly/2dkgfXf

Emmie Mears:  The hole under your feet.  #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @EmmieMears http://bit.ly/2driSIK

Tom Leveen:  I hate me. A #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @TomLeveen http://bit.ly/2d6PEPy

Vonnie Winslow Crist:  Bullies don’t deserve the power. A #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by @VonnieWCrist  http://bit.ly/2cBuov6

Wendy S. Delmater:  The ship ‘Cruelty’. A #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by  Wendy S. Delmater @safewrite http://bit.ly/2drHEnC

Tom Wells:  The Helms Deep Metaphor. A #HoldOnToTheLight 100+ SF/F authors on #MentalWellness post by Tom Wells @kauyin

Please consider donating to or volunteering for organizations dedicated to treatment and prevention such as: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Hope for the Warriors (PTSD), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Canadian Mental Health Association, MIND (UK), SANE (UK), BeyondBlue (Australia), To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

To find out more about #HoldOnToTheLight, find a list of participating authors and blog posts, or reach a media contact, go to http://www.HoldOnToTheLight.com and join us on our new Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/WeHoldOnToTheLight

 

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