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Mental Health Storytelling Sites


Whether you are looking for inspiration to get through the day or interested to share your own story, here are some of our favorite mental health storytelling sites.

There are many other great resources out there — should you have other recommendations, please email us and we’ll add them to this list for your fellow Press Players.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness in America. One of the largest and most active storytelling sites, the online community has several programs to service specific groups. The stories here are candid and inspiring, and their 7 Steps to Tell Your Story guide and Story Practice Sheet are extremely useful.

  • Not Alone (for general population)

  • ok2talk (for target teens and young adults)

  • Personal Stories (for friends and families affected by mental health, in addition to the individuals)


The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities through stories that not only inspire people, but also to improve the lives of people facing disease, disorder and disability. Their regularly-updated mental health topic section is filled with moving and encouraging stories.


This is My Brave believes in the power of storytelling to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. You can read, listen, or watch these live presentation of touching essays, original music, poetry and comedy performed by a dozen individuals living with―or loving someone with―a mental illness.


You can also upload your own videos and photos on social media sites such as youtube and Instagram. Some of our faves:


Though SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association) does not host stories on their site, they have provided a comprehensive storytelling guide that is full of handy tips and tools!

Lastly, it would be remiss of us if we do not share this NY Times article’s counterpoint on tech companies’ influx into mental health. Try the apps and see what works for you. Some may not be suitable for you or your lifestyle. Experiment with another one or try the old-fashioned therapy =)


Disclaimer: We are neither affiliated with nor receiving any financial benefit from the organizations and products listed above, unless specified. We have provided this information to help those of us who need it. Do inform us should the information is no longer valid. Thank you.

We are also not medical/mental health professionals. The information we posted on this website is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, or used for medical diagnosis and treatment — it is provided for educational supplemental purposes only. When in doubt, always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider.

Edward Gunawan