The YoungMinds blog is a place where young people can share their experiences and use their voice to support others who may be going through a difficult time with their mental health.
At YoungMinds, we are committed to turning real life experiences into positive change for children and young people’s mental health. The blog is a place we can do this, by giving you the chance to use your voice and tell your stories.
Who can write for the YoungMinds blog?
To join our Digital Writers Pool and become one of our bloggers, you must:
be aged 14-25
live in the UK
have experience of struggling with your mental health (N.B. you don't have to have been diagnosed with a mental health condition)
Please note that If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to give their consent in the sign-up form.
How does it work when I sign up?
If you sign up to join our Digital Writers Pool, you will start to receive our emails with topic ideas. These emails go out every two months, on the first of February, April, June, August, October and December.
These emails will contain ideas and prompts for blogs we’d like to see, as well as information on what to do if you would like to write a blog for YoungMinds and how to submit your blog.
If your blog is a suitable fit for the YoungMinds website, we will edit and send you the final version to look at before we publish on the website. If there’s anything you’re not happy with, please let us know. We will never publish anything without your consent.
When we publish a blog, we like to include the blogger’s first name and age. However, if you are not comfortable with this, you can choose to be anonymous or go by a different name.
How you can unsubscribe You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at email@example.com.
YoungMinds blogging guidelines
How would you summarise your blog in one to two sentences? If you’re struggling to do this, you may be trying to say too much. Think about what is really necessary to tell your story or get your point across.
When you have written a sentence, take a second look at it and ask yourself if there is an easier way to say the same thing. If you are unsure, try reading it out loud to hear how it sounds. Is it clear what you're saying?
Remember you are writing a blog, not an academic essay! Feel free to keep the language casual and make sure that it is easy to understand.
How can you make your point or tell your story in such a way that it is easy for anybody to follow? This is especially the case if you are writing from personal experience. A simple structure to consider is:
Beginning: What was the problem and how did it begin? Middle: What did you do and what happened next? End: What was the result? What did you learn?
It is important that our blog is accessible for everybody, so we try to make sure it is easy for anybody to read. Avoid large blocks of text – small paragraphs, headings, lists and bullet points make your blog easier to read.
For the same reasons as above, we try to keep all of our blogs between 500-800 words. If your blog post is over that length, we may have to cut it down.
If your story involves other people, make sure you have their consent, or anonymise who they are. If possible, avoid mentioning specific locations.
We want you to be honest and realistic about your experiences, but please avoid including graphic detail that could be triggering or encourage copycat behaviour in readers.
Imagine that whoever is reading your blog is going through a tough time. How could your blog encourage or reassure them? Try to end on a sentence or two that will leave the reader feeling comforted.
If you are unsure about the style we aim for, take a look at recent blogs we’ve published. This is also a good idea to make sure you aren’t submitting something similar to a blog we have previously published.