In response to the recent panic and misinformation on mental illness in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, Double X Science has put out a call for submissions:
I Am Mental Illness submissions
For this essay series, we welcome submissions of personal essays about your experience having a mental illness. The mission of this series is to personalize mental illness, take ownership of what it means to be someone with a mental illness, and to de-stigmatize and enhance understanding of mental illness. Essays should be factual but certainly also personal and candid. We expect to frame each essay with some basic information about the mental illness(es) it describes. Submissions should be sent to [redacted] by December 30, 2012. At that time, we will make editorial decisions about selections for the series and notify writers about our choices. We are not offering payment at this time for submissions for this series. Essays that have been posted/published previously are welcome as long as author/submitter has copyright or permission.
I pulled the email address out of that because there are submission guidelines that go along with this call. I know that a number of readers here are up front about having a mental illness and very good at communicating how that does and doesn’t affect their lives. If you’re one of those people, or think you want to be, go have a look at the guidelines.
Help make this personal and let others with mental illness know that they’re not alone.