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 against 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 here I’m going to focus 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.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Lifesavers Blog: 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
- Defying Mental Illness: share your story in the form of a loosely structured interview
- Healthable; accepts articles on a variety of topics
- I am 1 in 4: tell your story; prompts are provided to help give you ideas
- Mental Health Talk: share your story and become one of their Superhero bloggers
- The Mighty: The Mighty is a very popular site with some amazing content. I haven’t felt confident enough to submit an article to them yet, but it is a goal of mine.
- Mind: This UK-based mental health charity gives you the opportunity to share your story on their site, and offers lots of guidance on how to go about it and what to write about.
- Mind Body Green: they’re looking for articles related to wellness
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): share personal stories
- NoStigmas: share your voice in the fight against stigma
- OC87 Recovery Diaries: share your mental health recovery story
- Outrun the Stigma: looking for personal stories, and provides prompts to guide you
- Pick the Brain: welcomes posts on self-improvement for their community blog
- Respect Yourself: publishes guest blog posts related to mental wellness in youth. They published a post I submitted on youth suicide prevention.
- SANE: this UK-based mental health charity has monthly blogging themes
- #SickNotWeak: tell your story
- Stamp Out Stigma: share your story
- Stigma Fighters: share your personal story. They published a story I submitted about experiencing stigma in the workplace.
- This Is My Brave: share your recovery journey in written or video form
- Time to Change: publishes personal stories geared to the general public with an aim of changing people’s views of mental illness. They published a story I submitted for their #Inyourcorner campaign about how a friend with mental illness and I supported each other.
- Feedspot: The cool thing about Feedspot is they do ranking lists, including a top 60 mental health blogs list. When I submitted my blog to their directory a few months ago they offered to feature my blog if I paid them (which I didn’t do), but then this month I ended up on their top 60 list (I’m not really sure what the criteria are for this, but presumably you need to have submitted your blog to them).
- Psych Central: Psych Central has a lot of great content of their own, but they also have a resource directory that includes links to mental health blogs that have been submitted.
It’s easy to stay in my comfort zone and write for my own blog, but I’m glad that I’ve pushed myself to try new things There’s a fear of rejection that goes along with submitting a guest blog, but that’s probably good practice. Hopefully it will help move me forward towards my goal of submitting more work to academic journals. And really, any excuse to write is a good thing.