Personal stories can be a powerful way to change attitudes. By sharing your story, you can spread knowledge and perspective about mental health problems that could change the way people think about it. You could share your story as a blog, video or illustration.

What we’d like from you

We'll publish stories that:

  1. Are aimed at changing the way people think and act about mental health
  2. Are about other people’s reactions towards your mental health problem, and the impact it had whether positive or negative
  3. Are aimed at the general public rather than at other people with lived experience.

What we can't publish

Because of the campaign’s aims, we aren’t able to publish stories that are mainly about:

  1. Mental health treatment, systems or policy
  2. Advice on managing a mental health problem
  3. The promotion of a fundraising activity or commercial product.

You could enquire with Mind or Rethink Mental Illness about sharing a story on these topics instead. Or you could create your own story on WordPress or YouTube.

We also have to think sensitively about publishing content that contains descriptions of suicide or self-harm. Please read our guidance for blogging about self-harm, suicide, and eating disorders so that you can share experience with these topics in a way that’s safe for readers.

How to share your story

  • We ask you to send a short proposal about your story. If we’d like you to share your story in full, we’ll respond to your proposal by email with some guidance about producing your blog, video or illustrations.

Next steps

  • Once you’ve sent us your full story we may suggest some edits for clarity or to ensure the content is safe for our readers. We will always share any edits with you and get your approval before publishing.
  • We’ll then let you know when we’ll publish your story on our website and promote it on social media. We moderate all the comments on social media, but if you're ever worried about this, just email our team.

What if you aren't able to publish my story?

Unfortunately we receive far more requests than we are able to publish or respond to within the team. This means that we may not always be able to publish posts or provide feedback as often as we'd like to. If you haven’t heard from us within four weeks, it’s likely that we have decided not to publish your story. This could be because it doesn’t meet the criteria above, or the proposal is similar to something that we’ve recently covered. If you have any questions about this, we're here to help.

Privacy and online safety

If you are interested in sharing your story for Time to Change but worried about online safety – there are some great resources available to help. You can also take a look at our privacy and commenting policies.

Send us your story proposal

This form tells us a bit about you and allows you to send your proposal to us. All personal details will remain confidential - we usually use your first name when we publish your post, but can always use an alternative if you'd rather.