So, you’re loving writing your own blog but you’re looking to try something new and expand further out into the world? Well, there’s actually a lot of opportunities to do just that, so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been able to find. Finding the courage to share your mental health story is an important way to participate in the fight to stop the stigma.
There are lots of sites that publish guest posts related to mental health; some are looking for your personal stories, while others are open to writing focused on various mental health topics. There are blogs on WordPress where you can do this (including the MH@H community features section, but the focus here is on sites outside of WordPress.
My impression is that you don’t have to be an experienced blogger or have lots of followers to get a guest post published; what matters is writing something that will resonate with people. Because really, that’s why sharing your mental health story matters.
- A Lust for Life: Irish charity targeting ages 15-24; share your personal story
- Ability Magazine: focused on disabilities
- Ailment: chronic illness narratives; submission in the fall for yearly prompt-based issue each March
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: publishes posts that educate people about suicide and convey hope/healing/resilience
- Bring Change to Mind: share your personal story in writing or on video
- Buddy Project: share your story as part of the You Are Not Alone campaign
- Capable Magazine: publishes poetry and prose focused on disability/illness
- Counselling Directory: this UK-based site is looking for stories from people who’ve received support from a counsellor/therapist
- Defying Mental Illness: share your story in the form of a loosely structured interview
- 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
- I am 1 in 4: tell your story; prompts are provided to help give you ideas
- It’s Real: magazine focused on Asian-American mental health
- 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
- 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.
- Monstering Magazine: publishes writing, art, and audio-visual work from female/non-binary people with disabilities
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): share personal stories
- NoStigmas: share your voice in the fight against stigma
- Open Minds Quarterly: share the experience of life with mental illness, in various forms including non-fiction, fiction, or poetry
- Outrun the Stigma: looking for personal stories, and provides prompts to guide you
- Red Rover: mental health-focused magazine; not currently accepting submissions
- SANE: this UK-based mental health charity has monthly blogging themes
- Scribe Your Story: share your bipolar story as part of this project organized by the author of Braving Bipolar
- #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
- URevolution: prints stories about the awkwardness of living with chronic illness, including chronic mental illness
- bphope magazine: pitch an article about bipolar disorder
- 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
- OC87 Recovery Diaries: share your mental health recovery story
- 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
Now go forth and write!
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