More Than Quiet Awareness Campaign


October is nearly here and that means it’s extra awareness time for SM! For me personally, I’m still not very confident talking or posting about SM on my personal Facebook page and I’m imaging a lot of you feel the same, so I wanted to do something a little different for the awareness month this year.

When I was at school and my SM was at its worst, everyone would call me quiet. They’d all say “Oh, you’re so quiet”, as if it was something I hadn’t realised before. Why everyone had to tell me I don’t know, but after a few years of these daily comments I started to believe that ‘quiet’ was all I was. It really effected me, I just held back even more and hardly expressed myself to anyone. In school I had nothing to say, I felt nothing, I had no interests. How do you even start to show people who you really are when you feel like you’ve forgotten yourself?

Every single person with SM is unique and we all have our own little quirks. We’ve all got different interests, hobbies, talents, likes and dislikes. This October I wanted to bring a bit of positivity back for those with SM and to remind everyone that there is more to your life than just being quiet. Yes, we might be quiet at times but we are so much more than that.

So this October I’m going to try to be brave and will be posting here, on Facebook and on Twitter with all the silly little things about who I am behind the SM (and maybe sharing some embarrassing old photos too). Feel free to join in posting about yourself too and be as creative as you like!

#‎MoreThanQuiet‬   #‎SelectiveMutism‬


Comments

Sonja says:

Always uncomfortable with the word ‘quiet’ (and the word ‘mute’ – trying to use it positively/to raise awareness now). It made me die inside, every time someone said I was quiet.
Like the title of the campaign!

I receive no monies to promote this. I was part of a passionate important book on the cause so dear to me: selective mutism. It is available in December but apparently is taking preorders now. Since October is awareness month, why not give this book a mention:
Kimberly Gerry Tucker

http://www.amazon.com/Selective-Mutism-Our-Own-Words/dp/1849056366

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