It’s Mental Health Awareness week from Monday May 15th to Sunday May 21st, and this years theme is anxiety. We thought we’d put out a call for submissions to our audience and community correspondents for blog posts and resources around anxiety.
Anxiety is a feeling that everyone will experience at some point in their lives, and occasional anxiety triggered by stress, or in relation to money, health or family, is a natural part of life. Anxiety can manifest as a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. (NHS Inform) It’s important to learn how to recognise and manage this emotion, but there are also several anxiety disorders that can interfere with your daily life, and are experienced more intensely than regular feelings of anxiety. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder.
We’d love to share your writing on anxiety, be it the feeling of anxiety or an anxiety disorder. It’s a really broad theme, and there are so many different types and experiences of anxiety, so feel free to be as creative and honest as you like. Read on for some great examples of writing on mental health, to use as inspiration.
Here’s a link to a blog post written by Paul for Mind, where he discusses the ways that writing has helped him manage his anxiety. Click here to read the post.
Here’s an article by Scarlett Curtis, where she writes about her experience of PTSD, and how this affected her wider view of mental health. Click here to read the article.
Finally, here’s a personal essay by Shreyasi Bose about living with anxiety. Click here to read the essay.
Last year we asked for submissions on Mental Health Awareness Weeks 2022 theme, Loneliness, and received some really great blog post dissecting the theme in different ways. If you’re unsure of where to start with your own writing, or would find some examples useful, here are some of the posts we received from the prompt ‘loneliness’ last year:
Click here to read Hilda’s thoughts on loneliness.
Click here to read Laura’s thoughts on loneliness.
Click here to read our followers thoughts on loneliness, collated from a series of polls.
We’re looking forward to reading your thoughts and resources on anxiety. If you’re struggling, or need a bit of help structuring or editing your piece, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, Tweeting us at @mindwaves1, or messaging us on Instagram at @mindwaves_scot
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