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.
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.
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 =)