Welcome to my blog!
My name is Nicole, and Navigating Darkness is my personal blog where I write primarily about mental health and mental illness.
I live in the Southern U.S. with my husband and our five cats and two parakeets. I am a mental health advocate, blogger, and peer support group facilitator. I enjoy writing, reading, and watching Netflix.
I have been blogging since January of 2011 and it’s such a great outlet for me. I have met so many wonderful people during my time as a blogger and I am extremely grateful that I decided to start a blog of my own. My blog was originally a mom blog, but I decided to write exclusively about mental health after I was hospitalized during a mental health crisis in March of 2018.
I write the occasional product review if it involves a product that is in the health and wellness industry. Some of the brands that I have had the pleasure of working with are Stouffer’s, Nestle, Nutrisystem, Purex, Covergirl, Nature’s Sleep, Hoover, Crest, Gorton’s Seafood, Almondina, The Organic Face, PrestoPhoto, and BeautyFrizz.
I am an aspiring Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently in the process of writing a novel with a main character who has Bipolar II Disorder, like myself. I hope to use my experiences and struggles with Bipolar II Disorder, depression, and anxiety to my advantage so that I can help other people who are also struggling with debilitating mental illnesses.
In September of 2018, I created The Mental Health Awareness Project (#MHAP), which is an awareness initiative that strives to help educate and end the stigma that is associated with mental health and mental illnesses.
In early 2019, I founded Mental Health Peer Support Groups of Northeast Mississippi, which is a mental health peer support group for my local area. We have two groups that meet twice a month, and it is absolutely free to attend. I decided to create these groups because there are little to no resources in my area, especially ones that are no or low cost.
In March of 2019, I became a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I am listed and recognized on Amber’s list, “The Safe Space,” on her mental health blog, Happily Having No Idea What I’m Doing. I’m one of many people that you can come to if you ever need to talk to someone.
In January of 2019, Startup Plan-It recognized me as Featured Entrepreneur #46 out of 1,000.
On June 5, 2018, Joan Senio was thoughtful enough to include me on her list of Blogs and Bloggers to Love.
On August 10, 2018, I was featured on Phoenix’s blog, Life Successfully. I really enjoyed answering the interview questions she asked me!
On October 4, 2018, I was featured on BloggerVue! Check it out and read my answers to their interview questions.
On November 19, 2018, I was featured on Messy Mama on Loretta’s lovely “Monday Connection” blog post!
I have been awarded the Sunshine Blogger Award, the Blogger Recognition Award, the Invaluable Blogger Award, the Flawesome Award, and the Versatile Blogger Award by my fellow blogger friends and peers. I am so humbled by their kindness and generosity. Thank you for all of your love and support!
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