MIND OVER MATTER ZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
I need to write about what it’s like to have mental health colleagues give you shit for working through mental illness.
That would be such an important contribution. I ran a mental health conference yesterday where the Chief Executive of Mind gave a really interesting talk about the Time to Change campaign’s work in reducing discriminatory attitudes in the general public. The director of the Mental Health Network at the NHS Confederation spoke afterwards and basically said that educating the public is great, but so much work needs to be done with healthcare staff themselves as they can be just as guilty of stigmatizing and discriminating against the mentally ill. (I was nodding my head frantically at that point.)
Trigger warnings are used in the index of Mind Over Matter. I’ve had people make fun of me for it but I couldn’t care less: if they spare even one person reliving a trauma, I’ll be content.
If you’re not sure what is being written about here, please do take the time to look at this post I made about trigger warnings and how / when to use them. They are relevant not only to survivors of sexual assault, but also a wide variety of traumas.
Another note about submissions for issue #2: Please don’t think that you can’t contribute positive experiences! This is about sharing your thoughts, whatever they may be. You may be incredibly impressed with your mental health provider, you may be disappointed. I welcome whatever you have to share! x
For the submissions I’ve had so far: thank you so much! Also, I realise there is no April 31st - an error on my part. Just as long as you take away from it that the deadline is end of April, that’s cool.
I’ve had some questions about how people should go about writing something for the zine: do whatever you like! I’m not here to dictate or censor anything; I just want to provide a platform for your voice to be heard. If you’re struggling to write, try imagining that you’re writing a short letter and see if that helps.
Please remember to specify whether you would like to be credited with your first name and age, or as ‘anon’.
Thanks and good luck!