The Writers Programme is a new year-long programme offering a group of young people with experience of mental health problems the training and support to share their stories and help influence change through their writing.
The programme is designed to provide a platform to young people from backgrounds, or with experiences, that have often been under-represented in the mental health conversation.
By taking part in the Writers Programme, you'll receive support to share your story and speak directly to young people across the country through your writing. This is a great opportunity to make a difference and help build a future in which no young person feels alone with their mental health.
So, if you’re passionate about mental health, you love writing and you want to make a difference to the lives of other young people struggling with their mental health, apply now.
I read blogs and articles for advice every time I found myself in a position where I was crying in my room late at night or having a panic attack in school and not knowing what to do.
What does a YoungMinds Writer do?
As a YoungMinds Writer, you will work together with the other members of the programme to come up with ideas for subjects you want to cover, and develop the skills you’ll need to create exciting and engaging mental health content for young people, which will be published on the YoungMinds blog.
You will attend monthly online writer’s groups (these will take place on Saturdays) where you will discuss what you’re working on, receive feedback from the group and discuss ideas for upcoming content. Every second month, we will also be joined by a guest speaker who will run a workshop on a different journalism skill, such as how to structure your writing, how to conduct interviews and how to pitch ideas.
N.B. If you don’t have access to internet, a webcam or anything else you might need to join these meetings, we are able to help with this.
How is this different from joining the Digital Writers Pool and writing for the blog?
Those on the Writers Programme will benefit from additional training and support, and will attend our monthly online writer’s groups.
If you want to share your experiences but aren’t able to commit to attending monthly sessions, or you want more flexibility in how you contribute, you can sign up to our Digital Writers Pool.
Instead of seeing myself as someone who needed to be fixed, and searching desperately for someone or something to solve my problems, I started seeing an opportunity for me to use the difficult experiences I’ve had for good.
Who can apply to the YoungMinds Writers Programme?
To participate, you need to:
be aged 14-24
live in the UK
have experience of mental ill health*
*What we mean by this is that you have experience of struggling with your mental health. You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental health condition to join the programme, but as we try to ensure blogs are written from personal experience, the programme is for people who have experienced mental health difficulties.
We really encourage young people from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities and religions to apply – everyone is welcome!
If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply, or you have any additional needs that might affect your ability to participate, please feel free to email us at email@example.com with any questions.
Apply to join the YoungMinds Writers Programme if...
You’re passionate about helping young people struggling with their mental health.
You have lots of ideas for mental health content you’d like to write.
You want to know what it’s like to work as a journalist.
You can commit to attending monthly writer’s group sessions on Saturdays.
You love the sound of working with other young people to share and develop ideas, give feedback and improve your writing ability.
We're really excited that you want to apply to join our YoungMinds Writers Programme!
Please make sure you've read all of the information on this page before you fill out the application form, as it explains more about the role and what to expect.
N.B. Applications close at 23:59 on Sunday 7 August.