Frequently asked questions
Who can apply?
Anyone, provided that you:
- have personal or professional experience of the topic
- are aged 18 or over (this is because Mind's publishing is aimed at adults, although we understand that some younger people also read our information)
- feel able to take on and complete the work.
We’re not looking for editors or proofreaders, so don't worry if spelling and grammar aren't your strong point – you just need to be able to read our draft material and share your thoughts.
What does Mind expect from reviewers?
To be a reviewer you'll need to:
- Have access to the internet, and be able to use word-processing software*.
- Be willing to give a minimum of 2 hours of your time (at least an hour to read the material, and at least an hour to write your review).
- Return your completed review by the deadline agreed in your invitation email (we’ll always give you at least week to work on it).
*If you aren't able to use Word processing software, please let us know in your application. We can't accept handwritten reviews, but you might still be able to give feedback in another way. We will try our best to make sure that, if you are selected, you can take part.
Consider your own wellbeing
We hope that being a reviewer for Mind will be enjoyable and rewarding, but as with any task it can sometimes be stressful. Also, you might find that reading or writing about subjects close to your own experiences is triggering – especially if you're feeling unwell.
Please think carefully about how you'll look after your own wellbeing before applying to be a reviewer, and make sure you have appropriate support in place. You might find it helpful to look at our information on staying mentally well and managing pressure.
What can reviewers expect from Mind?
If we invite you to be a reviewer:
- We'll email you the all the content we want you to read (it won’t usually be more than 6,000 words long).
- We’ll also give you a set of review questions in a questionnaire format to help you structure your review, and give clear information about how your comments will be used.
- When the review is complete we'll share a feedback summary with you, so you'll know the outcome of the review and see how we plan to act on your feedback.
- We'll also let you know when the final product publishes, so you can see how the review panel’s collective feedback has helped to develop it.
- Throughout the review process you’ll be in email contact with an Editor at Mind, who’ll be able to answer any questions.
Will I get paid?
If you are able to complete and return your review by the agreed deadline then Mind will pay you a flat fee of £25.
About the payment
Mind has an engagement policy which helps us make sure we always offer a fair payment for your time and effort. We decided on this fee using our policy as a guideline, with approval from Mind's Engagement Manager. Our engagement policy is reviewed regularly.
Unfortunately, we can't offer any advice on how this work or payment might affect any benefits you receive. If you think that being a reviewer might affect your benefits, you should contact your local benefit office or Citizens Advice for advice before applying.
How do I apply?
Any personal information you give us will be used solely for the purpose of selecting a review panel. All applications will be held securely by Mind and we never share or publish your health information without your consent.
We are really keen to hear from people with diverse backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+, disability or faith, in particular around how your lived experience interacts with your diverse background.
Please be aware that we tend to get a lot of applications and only have budget for a set number of places on the review panel so if you're not successful this time don't worry, there are regularly new opportunities and other ways to get involved if you keep an eye on the Mind website and social media.
We will try to get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been seleted - usually this will be within a couple of weeks of the application deadline but can be longer in busy periods.
- We can only make payments in £ (GBP).
- The review is in the format of a questionnaire, with lots of space for you to write out your thoughts in full. Unfortunately we won’t be able to take on board any comments made directly on the draft document itself, or suggested edits in the draft document.