Welcome to FellowMental, a website for folks wired differently! Inspired by my own experiences, I created FellowMental to be a space where neurodivergent adults can be themselves and see themselves.
What it means to be neurodivergent
By its broadest definition, neurodivergence includes a wide range of conditions that affect the way the brain works including autism, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, depression, and many more. Neurodivergent people are often described as being “wired differently.” Folks who are neurodivergent see the world from different perspectives and may behave differently than our neurotypical peers. FellowMental is a space where all of our unique minds can come together to find representation, validation, and support.
The site’s name needed to be short and easy to remember, but also suggestive of the site’s purpose. “Fellow” refers to the community-oriented nature of the site; it’s a reminder that we are not alone in our journeys. “Mental” is the descriptor for things related to the mind and its functions. In choosing the word, I also considered the stigma attached to words relating to mental health and the informal use of “mental” as a synonym for crazy. Its inclusion in the title is a small effort to reclaim the term.
What to expect
FellowMental publishes a new post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I cover representation of neurodivergence in media; life advice on topics like relationships, work, and fitness; tech news and how it impacts the neurodivergent community; and personal observations, struggles, and triumphs. If you’d like me to write about something specific, whether it’s an underrepresented neurominority or a certain topic, feel free to make a suggestion using my contact form. I love reader feedback! You can also ask a question using the “Ask Sam” form, and I will research and respond to your question on the site.
My vision is for FellowMental to become a community, so please don’t be shy with your thoughts! Comment on posts, make suggestions via the contact form, or ask me to explore a topic in an “Ask Sam” post. For the latest updates and more opportunities to interact, subscribe to the FellowMental newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
I look forward to getting to know you!