The Uncustomary Housewife’s “Not Alone Series”
Do you have a mental health story to tell? I want to help you tell it.
Why I Started the “Not Alone Series”: I recently started posting publicly about my own journey with Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Since then I’ve received a tremendous amount of messages from people. I quickly realized that each person was different: they each had their own diagnosis and daily struggles, but they all had one thing in common: they felt alone. Therefore, I started the “Not Alone Series”: a series that allows individuals to tell their mental health stories on my blog and social network platforms. I hope that people will read these stories, and realize that they are not alone.
If you wish to participate in this series, please do the following and contact me in an e-mail (my e-mail address is email@example.com ):
- Answer as many of my questions as you can. It is absolutely okay to skip a question if it isn’t relevant to you, or if it makes you uncomfortable. Also, notify me if you would like the interview to be more personalized (everyone is different, and these are basic questions).
- Attach an appropriate photo that can be used with the blog post and on social networks.
- Provide a short autobiographical paragraph about yourself, that can serve as an “About” section.
1) If you don’t mind, tell me about your diagnosis.
2) Why do you speak publicly about your mental illness/mental health?
3) What experiences have you encountered with treatment (therapy, medication, etc…)? What works for you, and what doesn’t?
4) Have you developed positive coping strategies? If so, would you please tell me about them?
5) Do you believe there is a negative stigma attached to mental illness? If so, what causes the stigma? How can people help stop the stigma?
6) Is your particular mental illness portrayed in popular movies, shows, or books? If so, do you feel like it is given a fair portrayal?
7) Do you have a mental health success story you would like to share with me? Perhaps an achievement you are proud of, a goal you met, an obstacle you overcame, or something else?
8) What challenges and/or struggles are you still facing?
9) What advice do you have for individuals living with mental illness?
10) What advice do you have for friends and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness? Furthermore, have you given any pointers to your own friends and loved ones?
11) Is there anything else you would like to share?
*I might respond to you with follow-up questions, if applicable.
How would you like your name to appear on this post?
Include a list of your social network and blog links that are relevant to this topic.
Please, suggest a title for your interview post.
Keep the following Editorial Guidelines in mind:
- I want you to share honest stories in a respectful way. Therefore, I require that you use respectful language.
- Be respectful and courteous when sharing details about other individuals or groups. Take their privacy into consideration.
- Always consider the following question: “Why do I want to share my story?”. Some people share to raise awareness and educate others. Some people share their stories to let others know that they are not alone. Some share hoping to find a sense of belonging or community on the internet. Some people simply have a story to tell, and they want a safe place to tell it. Please make sure your reason is constructive and positive.
- Please provide credible sources to back up any facts.
Clarity: I may edit submissions for clarity and my own editorial guidelines, but never in a way that misrepresents your voice or message. This is your story, I’m just glad you are sharing it with me.
Time: I am a one-woman operation, and this is a brand-new project for me. I will work as quickly as I can, but I ask that you be patient. My intention is to publish your work immediately upon receiving it, but my key priority is to do your work justice, so it may take some time. I promise to be attentive, and efficient. Please let me know about any concerns you might have.
Publication: I can’t publish every submission I receive on all of my platforms (blog and social networks). You have value, and your story has value, so please don’t feel unimportant if your interview isn’t published. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.
I really appreciate your participation.