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Way to Share Your Mental Health Story

Ways to share your mental health story

Talking about mental health is important, and getting conversations going about what mental illness really is requires opening up. Here are some ideas of places where you can share your mental health story on either an unpaid or paid basis.

While sharing your story may seem daunting initially, it’s a really important way to work on challenging stigma. Starting off by opening up online can be a good place to start before getting more open in real life.

Mental health sites (non-paying)

  • A Lust for Life: Irish charity targeting ages 15-24; share your personal story
  • Active Minds: Send Silence Packing suicide prevention campaign
  • ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America): 500-750 word story of experiences with anxiety of depression
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: publishes posts that educate people about suicide and convey hope/healing/resilience
  • Counselling Directory: this UK-based site is looking for stories from people who’ve received support from a counsellor/therapist
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Life Unlimited feature: you can submit a request to be featured; submissions should focus on what the early indications were of your illness, what you’ve had to overcome, or what you’ve learned about yourself
  • GoodTherapy: personal experience, story must be 500+ words and original work
  • Like One Another: share your story with a picture or video for Instagram campaign
  • MakeItOK: share your experience of stigma and how you overcame it
  • Mental Health Stories: more than 250 people have shared their stories on this site run by founder Kay
  • Mental Health Talk: share your story and become one of their Superhero bloggers
  • MentalHealthPH (Philippines): share a Voice of Hope story
  • Mind: This UK-based mental health charity gives you the opportunity to share your story on their site in blog or vlog format, and offers lots of guidance on how to go about it and what to write about.
  • Only Human: share your story freestyle, with prompts, or using video
  • Outrun the Stigma: looking for personal stories, and provides prompts to guide you
  • Recovery Warriors: stories about your experiences with depression, anxiety, or eating disorders
  • SANE: this UK-based mental health charity has monthly blogging themes
  • See Me Scotland: share your experience of mental health problems, stigma, and discrimination
  • #SickNotWeak: tell your story
  • Stigma Fighters: share your personal story of mental illness in 1000 words
  • The Mighty:  The Mighty is a very popular site with some amazing content
  • This Is My Brave: accepts essays, poems, and songs about personal experiences with mental illness
  • Unsinkable: participate in their Storyteller Program
  • URevolution: prints stories about the awkwardness of living with chronic illness, including chronic mental illness

Magazines (non-paying)

  • Ability Magazine: focused on disabilities
  • Ailment: chronic illness narratives; submission in the fall for yearly prompt-based issue each March
  • Capable Magazine: publishes poetry and prose focused on disability/illness
  • It’s Real: magazine focused on Asian-American mental health
  • Monstering Magazine: publishes writing, art, and audio-visual work from female/non-binary people with disabilities
  • Open Minds Quarterly: share the experience of life with mental illness, in various forms including non-fiction, fiction, or poetry
  • Red Rover: mental health-focused magazine; not currently accepting submissions

Sites that pay for stories

  • bphope magazine: pitch an article about bipolar disorder, or apply to be an unpaid guest blogger
  • Breath & Shadow (from Ability Maine): publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from writers with disabilities
  • Bustle: pitch to their wellness section, which includes mental health topics
  • esperanza magazine Hope Essays: publishes personal stories of anxiety or depression, and pays a “modest honorarium”
  • Happiful magazine: pitch a mental health article—feature articles are paid, but True Stories are not
  • Kaleidoscope: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry on the experiences of disability
  • Serotonin: poetry and short prose on mental illness, neurodivergence, and suicide prevention
  • Sick: accepts submissions from people with disabilities, and publishes yearly
  • The Breakdown: as UK-based online mental health magazine
  • The Offing: accepts submissions from writers from marginalized groups, including people with disabilities
  • The Sun Magazine: an independent, ad-free magazine; publishes personal essays, fiction, and poetry

Start writing!

The page for my book A Brief History of Stigma has information about sharing your story through public speaking, as well as tips on being effective with your storytelling.

Now go forth and share your mental health story!

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27 thoughts on “Way to Share Your Mental Health Story”

  1. Congratulations on all those pieces being accepted! That’s awesome! Thank you for this comprehensive list of places to submit articles. I’ll be checking them out as I go along… I can see articles as definitely great writing experience that helps with the bigger projects.

  2. That is an awesome list. I’m going to try to look into this. Thank you very much for sharing this. I published five articles in The Mighty. If I can do it, you can for sure do it. You should check it out. It is pretty easy and straight forward to do. 😊❤👍Hugs, Sue

      1. Thank you . I told you about my articles because I am hoping you will try to get an article or ten published. You can do it. You are an amazing writer and are very talented. Again, if I can do it you can do it even easier. Happy Saturday. Hugs, Sue

  3. Thanks for sharing, this is really interesting information. I’d love my blog out there. And to make it into something more.

  4. When you submit your personal story to different sites – do you rewrite it every time or send the same version with minor variation?

      1. That’s what I’ve done for the couple I’ve submitted. Thanks for your take! I wanted a second opinion to see if I was creating too much work for myself or not. 😁

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