"For me, the best part about blogging about mental health has been the amount of people who have messaged saying 'me too'. Sometimes one blog is all it takes to get a conversation flowing, and seeing your writing have that effect is an unbelievable feeling." - Jodie
Step by step guide:
- Think about your audience: if you want to change people's minds about mental health, think about the person you're trying to persuade. What do you wish they knew about mental health? What do you think might persuade them to think differently?
- Keep it simple: your blog doesn't have to be an essay, in fact, the shorter the better. 500 words is the perfect amount. If you've got more to say, write a second post.
- Talk about your own experience: People aren't reading your story for facts and figures, or comprehensive information about statistics. They want to know about you, so write about what your experience of a mental health problem actually feels like, and what you wish people knew about it.
- Consider your boundaries: once your story is online, it's visible to anyone. So have a real think about what you're comfortable with people reading about you: you might want to talk about some parts of your experience, but not others. You can always write more later. If putting your name next to your story makes you feel uncomfortable, you can also publish it anonymously.
- Publish it: you can either submit it to Time to Change for publication on our site, or skip the wait and publish it yourself. You can set up your own blog on Wordpress, or easily publish your writing on a site like Medium. Let us at Time to Change know about it on social media, and share it with your friends, family and social media followers!
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Why is this important?:
Writing a blog about your experience of mental illness, or the ways that people reacted to it, can help people to understand it better and learn to be more open and supportive to people with mental health problems.