What is Healing Walls?
Healing Walls is a group of websites that allow anonymous posting, with each site devoted to a different aspect of mental health. Present and soon-to-be-launched Healing Walls sites include:
- Grief Wall – www.griefwall.org (LIVE)
- Depression Wall – www.depressionwall.org (New! LIVE)
- Bullying Wall – www.bullyingwall.org (Coming Soon)
- Addiction Wall – www.addictionwall.org (Coming Soon)
Each Healing Wall features anonymous posting, helpful quotes and perspectives, and (in time) related online resources to provide help to the Healing Walls community. The main site, HealingWalls.org, is the hub and blog for them all. If Healing Walls is something you’d like to support, here’s how you can get involved.
How Does it Work?
No email or registration are required to post to one of our Healing Walls sites. Just say what you need to say and submit. Healing Walls is unique in that it is not a forum. It’s a monologue, not a dialogue. Except for the blog, comments are turned off, so no one can criticize or debate your feelings. It’s respectful – you share, we listen. Of course, forums are helpful too, but they can be found elsewhere. To me, this is what makes Healing Walls special and unique.
Whether you post something or not, it can be enlightening to read the wall – to understand how people experience grief differently, for example. Even if you’re not the one going through it, you might find a Bullying Wall post that would be perfect to share with a friend who is being bullied – and feels helpless and alone.
Why Healing Walls?
The mission of Healing Walls is to help mental health sufferers and those in crisis by:
- Providing an outlet for anonymous, written expression
- Showing them that they’re not the only ones who feel this way
- Referring them to helpful resources
- Raising awareness for mental health issues, through our blog and social media
When you are bullied, depressed, addicted or grieving, it can distort reality. By all appearances, everyone else is “normal” and “happy,” and you are the only one who feels the way you do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Healing Walls is here to show you that no matter what you’re facing, you are not alone.
How Did Healing Walls Get Started?
I got the idea for Healing Walls when I lost my father and couldn’t find a site online that would allow the grieving to post anonymously. I googled, “Grief Wall,” as this described exactly what I was looking for, but it just wasn’t there. I didn’t merely want to express and record my experience with grief. I wanted to read what others had written, too. A year and half later, I remembered and checked if griefwall.org was registered. That morning, I bought several matching domains and started to work on what is today the Healing Walls network.
This is a both a labor of love and a hobby, being completed after hours, as time allows. The costs for hosting, domains and licensing for some of the designs and technology used to make the sites look good and “just work” are paid out of pocket. So you will find some pay-per-click ads on our site, and my hope is that this project will at least become self-sustaining, if not profitable, over time. At this point in the story, there is much more work to be done. I hope you’ll be patient, follow along, become part of our community, and grow with us.