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 – Real Stories 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Mind of Our Own: lets you share your mental health story in whatever form you wish; can be anonymous
- 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
- 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
- Respect Yourself: publishes guest blog posts related to mental wellness in youth
- SANE: this UK-based mental health charity has monthly blogging themes
- #SickNotWeak: tell your story
- Stigma Fighters: share your personal story
- Time to Change: publishes personal stories geared to the general public with the aim of changing people’s views of mental illness
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.