Are you interested in writing for QMH.org?
- identify as an LGBTQ individual;
- live with a mental illness or battle with a mental health related issue; or have a partner dealing with such issues;
- have an interest in or have experience in writing blog articles to be published on the internet
If the above apply to you, then you may be the perfect candidate to become our next writer! We are looking for articles that cover the following topics:
- Mental health issues, regardless of whether they are LGBTQ-specific or not
- Social issues that are specific to the LGBTQ community
- Personal narratives that thread LGBTQ and mental health issues together
- Various LGBTQ issues that can impact an individual’s mental health
- Artistic expression of emotions relating to the above topics
Right now, the articles we have published are skewed heavily toward being about living with specific mental illnesses, something that we would like to change. We also need more writers who have had experience with social issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community which impact mental health, such as bullying, club drugs, body image, coming out, dating, breaking up, etc.
QueerMentalHealth.org has a policy of not setting deadlines for our writers. The reason for this is because all of our writers battle with mental health issues and many are currently active in their own recovery process. We understand that it can be tough to be motivated during these times, so we prefer to not place any added pressure on our writers’ already stressful lives. Some of our writers publish weekly, some every month or two, and some only ever submit one article and never submit another again. You are welcome to write as much or as little as you like.
Some of our writers are open about their mental health issues in real life, while others wish to not connect their real names to their mental health issues, for many different reasons. QMH.org respects the wishes of our writers, whatever that may be. You are welcome to write under either your real name or a pseudonym of your choice. The only requirement we have is a email address that our administrator may use to be able to contact you when necessary. Your email address will never become publicly available on the website.
Struggling for ideas? We are especially interested in the following topics currently (this list will be updated monthly):
- Your coming out process and experiences with anti-queer bullying
- Social pressures, including body image and drug use, within the queer community
- Experiences navigating the mental health care system during gender transition
- “My Experience with…” – personal stories of living with mental illness
- “Quick Facts” – Reference information on medications and other substances
As always, we never limit submissions to the aforementioned topics; they are only posted as a place to start off with for getting ideas. If you are looking to join our writing team, but don’t know what to start with, we have developed a bit of a tradition of starting new writers out with telling their personal story, relating to experiences with being queer and dealing with mental health issues. However, this is NOT a requirement! Feel free to write about whatever you like, if you have something you are dying to write about and have published, don’t be afraid to submit it.
Unfortunately, at this time, QMH.org has no source of funding, and thus, we are unable to pay you for your work. We are currently accepting writers and articles on a volunteer basis. We will, however, shower you with praise and recognition for your work, and you are free to republish your content elsewhere, or remove it from QMH.org any time you wish. We believe in helping our writers to empower yourselves in your endeavours.
If you wish to join our team of writers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your email address, a desired username (this will be visible in some URLs), and the name you wish to publish under (first and last name). Also include a short paragraph summing up who you are, and why you wish to join our team. Our administrator will get back to you ASAP, though please understand that, like many of our writers, she is also actively pursuing her own recovery and may not be able to get back to you right away.