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How to Share Your Story

October 09, 2017

Sharing your journey with mental health is important. Not only can it be empowering and help in your own recovery but your story may provide encouragement and support to others.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness suggests the following formats to share your story:

  • Prose/poetry
  • Song lyrics
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Drawings
  • Photos
  • Videos


NAMI offers two safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression: You Are Not Alone and OK2Talk. These spaces also allow for anonymous public posting, unlike our NAMI blog.

You have an authentic voice. You can make a difference for yourself and others by sharing your experiences and perspective. What has helped? What hasn’t? What has been most discouraging about your condition? What has given you hope? There are all sorts of things you know that other people want to know—you are not alone.

Let them know that they aren’t either.”

Other places to share your story include:

PostSecret- an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

This is My Brave- whose mission is to ignite and actively promote?through actions and social media? a positive, supportive national conversation about mental illness for those who live with, or love someone who lives with, a mental illness.