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Way to Share Your Mental Health Story

Ways to share your mental health story

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, 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.

Non-paying sites

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Paying sites

  • 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
  • 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

The page for A Brief History of Stigma has information about sharing your story through public speaking.

Now go forth and write!

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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. This is a great list of resources. Great job compiling them!! I might check them out!

    I wonder if the suicide organization would like me to blog about the time I called them. I was suicidal, and I got into a huge argument with the suicide operator. Today, years later, it seems freakin’ hilarious. I was having a hard time doing her guided visualization, and I complained about it.

    She said, “Well, you have to work with me. Now try harder! You have a bad attitude.”

    And I yelled, “I’m suicidal! What’s your excuse?”

    I guess I told her. 😀

  3. 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

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

  5. 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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