How to blog for Time to Change

Sue Baker - Director of Time to Change Personal blogs and stories can be an incredibly powerful way to talk about mental health and reach hundreds and thousands of people.

Talking about mental health can aid recovery and challenge mental health discrimination and stigma.

Read more about how important blogging is to the Time to Change campaign.

We publish blogs that are about:

  • personal experiences of mental health discrimination and stigma
  • or experiences of talking about mental health (whether positive or negative).

For example, the blog post could be about an experience of discrimination at work or it could be about a fear of telling a close friend or family member about mental health problems you’ve experienced.

We generally don't publish blogs that focus mainly on:

  • mental health policy
  • the mental health system
  • medication or treatment

If you want to blog about any of the above or your blog doesn't focus primarily on the issue of mental health stigma or discrimination, you can try these alternatives:

How to blog for Time to Change

If you’d like to blog for us, please email webmaster@time-to-change.org.uk with...

  • a short profile of you that includes your age – no more than 100 words plus a picture that will represent you.
  • sample blog entry – ideally 500-800 words. This should be about your personal experience of mental health stigma and discrimination or an experience of talking about mental health if possible. For example, the post could be about an experience of discrimination at work or it could be about a fear of telling a close friend or family member about mental health problems you’ve experienced. We may edit this, and will check it with you before uploading.

Blogs can be published anonymously. If you are comfortable publishing under your first name we will create an account for you on the website (we will need your email address for this but this will not be publicly visible) to allow you to be notified of and reply to comments.

For help writing your blog, read our 5 top tips for writing blogs and our guidance for blogging about self-harm, suicide and eating disorders.

Please note: we get a lot of email so it may take a few weeks for us to get back to you.

Video blogs and video pledges

You could also make a video blog about your own experience of mental health stigma. These should be quite short, ideally 2-5 minutes long, and should focus on a personal experience of mental health stigma or discrimination.

If you would like to submit a video blog please email webmaster@time-to-change.org.uk first to discuss your idea and for more information about what type of videos we could publish as blogs on the website.

Privacy and online safety resources

If you are interested in blogging for Time to Change but woried about online safety - there are some great resources aimed at younger people but relevant for everyone such as Childline - Online and Mobile safety.

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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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