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mental health mondays :: your crazy here

a wee bit late, but mhm is present and accounted for this week!

today, i'm not talking about an issue that i read about, or something that i researched, or anything that's happened to me. today, i'm talking about you. more specifically, i want you to talk about you. here. on the internet.

looking at issues of mental health is all well and good, but after a little over four years of doing so, i'm realising that my own perspective is limited. that's where you come in.

we're looking for people to share their mental health experiences, advice and issues for future editions of mental health mondays. you can write about whatever mental health topics you like, in your own way. here's the lowdown:

  • there is no restriction on length, however this is a blog, so very long posts may be split up in order to make it easier for readers
  • we reserve the right to edit posts, however we will make sure that the author approves those edits before publishing the piece. 
  • it is illegal to libel an individual or organisation. if you need help determining whether or not something constitutes libel, we can offer some guidance. 
  • since this is an english-language blog, posts have to be in english, however, we'll also accept posts in french, either with an english translation provided or for us to translate. for posts submitted in french, we'll post in both french and english. 
  • there is absolutely no requirement that you post under your real name. for that matter, you can correspond with us using a pseudonym too. the one thing we ask is that you advise us if you are using a pseudonym, so that we can be aware in case your chosen name causes confusion with another person. 
  • if at any point in the future you decide that you want to have your post removed, we will do so as soon as feasible. 
  • you are more than welcome to supply images with your posts. we like to include pictures with all posts, so if you don't provide any, we'll find some that suit the subject and tone of the piece. we'll forward all images to you for approval. if you specifically want the post to appear without any accompanying images, please let us know and we'll respect your wish. 
  • although mental health mondays is not a medical feature, we do not want to be implicated in the spread of false scientific information. please make sure to provide links [embedded is fine] to any such claims you're making [even if you're arguing against them] in your post. 
  • scheduling is at our discretion, since there will continue to be "regular" mhm posts, however, we will always give you at least a week's notice before your post appears. 

it's our [yes, there is a small "more like space" support team, although i'm egotistical and refer to it as mine only] intention to provide a safe space for people to talk about mental health issues, so if you have any concerns about any part of the publication process, please talk to us.

n.b. :: we are not able to offer financial compensation at this time. sorry.

do you have a story, opinion, or problem to share? please submit any ideas or posts to :: kate[at]fsquaredmedia[dot]net.

if you'd like to have a look through the kind of things that we've covered here, please feel free to take a look through the history of mental health mondays.

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