A mental health story is simple a vlog (a video blog) made by and starring someone with experience of mental health problems.
It can be about:
Unfortunately we cannot publish book/ music/ film promotions or creative works such as poems or songs.
If you're unsure your topic is suitable, please do email us at [email protected]
Watch Jess' story on why vlogging can be good for your own mental health as well as for raising awareness.
Unfortunately we cannot publish poetry, music or creative writing.
There's no need for a professional camera, just use any device you have.
Maybe it would be helpful to write it down, or practice in front of a mirror?
If you're unsure about what it will mean to have your story online, for example who will be able to see it and what you should and shouldn't say, take a look at our information on How to stay safe online.
You could read our information on the topic you want to talk about to get inspiration or have a look at these examples.
We'd also love it if you could:
Remember: Just because something seems obvious to you, doesn't mean others have thought of it.
Find yourself a quiet place and make your story. It doesn't have to be in your living room or bedroom. As long as you make sure there's enough light for us to see you and it's quiet enough for us to hear you.
Remember if you're using your phone, make sure you're holding your camera sideways.
Don't feel like you have to get it done in one go, have as many tries as you like.
Be yourself: We want to see everyone's personalities!
Most of the time videos are too big to email so it might be easier to upload it to a hosting site, like Youtube or Vimeo.
Wait! Have you checked your story has kept to the Dos and Donts?
If the answer to this yes, then send us your story.
Wait for us to be in touch. We aim to get back to you with 28 days, but sometimes it might be longer.
If we are able to publish your story we will add it to this playlist on our Youtube channel.
Please note that if you have chosen to send your story to us via your own channel on Youtube, we will ask you to take it down or make it private, as on our blog and Youtube channel, we aim to only publish original content.
If you have any questions please feel free to email us at [email protected]