How to blog for Time to Change

Sue Baker - Director of Time to Change

Why write a blog for us?

Personal blogs and stories can be an incredibly powerful way to talk about mental health and reach hundreds and thousands of people.

By sharing your story, you can help challenge stigma and discrimination and show that mental health problems can affect anyone at any time and nobody should feel ashamed to talk about it.

Please note that we normally only publish blogs that have been written as original content for our site; we do not tend to re-publish blogs that have been published on other sites. 

What we look for in our blogs

  • Personal experience of mental health problems
  • Experience of supporting a friend or family member living with a mental health problem
  • Your experience of talking about mental health and the impact it had on you
  • Personal experience of facing or challenging mental health stigma and discrimination 
  • Your experience of being involved in a Time to Change project and what it's meant to you 

What we are not able to publish

As an anti stigma and discrimination campaign, there are some blog topics we don't cover:

  • Mental health systems and policy
  • Drugs and treatments
  • Fundraising
  • Promotion of books, films, music and poetry

Although we don't cover these topics ourselves, why not set up your own blog via Tumblr? Or contact our partner organisations at Mind and Rethink Mental Illness who may be able to help.

Please note that we only publish blogs from people who live in England, as Time to Change is a campaign funded and run in England. For details of international anti-stigma campaigns, please consult our Global Alliance section. 

Writing and sending your blog

What happens next?

  • Once you've sent your blog, we aim to get back to you within six weeks
  • We are not always able to publish every blog we receive as we're a small team, but we do read them all carefully and will get back to you about alternatives 
  • We may edit your blog for clarity or to remove triggering content, but we will always share any edits with you before we publish
  • We aim to give you at least 24 hours notice before we share your blog on our website or social media 
  • Once we've published your blog, you'll be able to select to receive an alert when someone posts a comment
  • We moderate all the comments as they come in, but if you're ever worried about this, just get in touch

Commenting on blogs

  • It can take us up to five days (longer during holiday periods) to read and publish blog comments. If you have asked for support or guidance in your comment, you may wish to check out our support links page. 
  • We will not publish comments that:
    • talk about ongoing legal cases with employers
    • promote specific treatment types or therapies
    • approach people for media work, school projects or research – if you would like to contact the blogger about something, please go through the Time to Change Digital Team
    • contain an email address – if you would like to get in contact with someone, please go through the Time to Change Digital Team
    • make fun of, victim-blame or otherwise criticise people with mental health problems
    • are unlawful e.g. content posted in breach of copyright
    • are overly repetitive or irrelevant to the main thread of the conversation
    • are triggering or explicit with regard to suicide or self-harm
    • advertise commercial products or services

Sharing a video or audio story

  • As well as writing a blog for us, you can also share a short video or podcast about your experiences
  • If you have a vlog or podcast you'd like to share, do email the link to our digital team

Privacy and online safety resources

If you are interested in blogging for Time to Change but worried about online safety – there are some great resources available to help.

Read our privacy policy >>

Read our full blog and social media comments policy >>

How else can I get involved in the campaign?

You can sign our pledge wall to show your support and find out how talking tackles mental health discrimination.

Or find out all the other ways you can get involved in the campaign.

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