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I’m proud to say that Betty’s Battleground has reached it’s half-year mark. I started ‘er at the end of January. The first post was about overcoming my PTSD symptoms to take my older daughter to the Womxn’s March against Trump. (Sadly, this anniversary also means Trump’s been our president just as long…but let’s focus on the positive).
This blog and I have been through a lot these past several months. I survived an onslaught of abusive litigation from the man who caused my PTSD, threats and abuse from his current girlfriend, a disappointing betrayal by my father, bumps in my marriage, craziness from the kids, and my own tumultuous mood swings. This blog and I have fared through good days and bad; high volume days and 50 view dips. I’ve found the footing to launch my freelance pursuits, and am now moving on to fellowship applications.
Today, to celebrate and give thanks to my readers and donors, I’m publishing a page filled with paying markets for mental health articles. I have been compiling these resources for the past month, and I’ll be updating it as I find more, so bookmark (pin, stumble, etc) the page!
People have different feelings about publications that pay with “exposure.” It may be true that some of the bigger markets do provide a fair amount of exposure and resume glam. Huffington Post is a big publication infamous for not paying writers yet still attracting tons of competition. I don’t judge writers who submit to these markets, but I won’t be including them on this list.
I understand, however, that writers need samples and experience in order to land paying gigs. For months I wrote free posts. I am a strong believer in writing for other small blogs. Publications that truly cannot afford to pay their writers, and which will benefit from your contribution as much as you will by being published. At the bottom of this list, I will include some smaller niche blogs that accept unpaid guest posts. I encourage you to choose one of these, rather than a larger market who could pay but chooses not to, while you are building your freelance portfolio. If you own a blog that accepts posts about mental health, let me know and I’ll add you to the list. You’ll be able to find this list under the “Coping Tips” category in the future because, let’s be honest: Paying your bills definitely helps you cope.
The Big List Of Paying Markets:
ADDitude—As the name implies, this publication focuses on ADD and ADHD. They state that the majority of their accepted submissions are journalistic, but that they do sometimes accept relevant first person narratives. Pay is unspecified, but they go out of their way to note that they also pay a “kill fee” for assigned articles that don’t end up being published.
ADHD Boss—From the site owner: “I’m looking for experienced writers who have a great understanding of ADHD or anxiety. The candidates should be able to prove that they can create powerful, empathetic content for readers who are dealing with various types of pain. Compensation is flexible, and depends on the writer’s experience and written communication skills. I can pay anywhere between $50 to $100 per piece.”
Anxiety Foundation—This informational website pays $50 flat for unique writing about anxiety and anxiety related disorders (including PTSD). All content must be family friendly and they seek personal anecdotes, tips, and informational articles. They request pitches, which should be made through their site form.
BPHope–This online publication about living with Bipolar Disorder pays a “modest honorarium” for works about a specific aspect of living with BPAD. They seek short articles between 650-750 words.
Esperanza–Esperanza is a pretty big name in the mass-consumption mental health field. They have an online presence and a print magazine, which regularly features celebrity interviews. You can see a cover boasting Kristen Bell on the side of the submissions page. Pay is unlisted, but they do pay. They accept cold pitches, but do not respond to all submissions.
Filter Mag–Filter is a new online publication from some of the people who were involved in The Influence and The Fix. It focuses on harm reduction, drug policy, addiction, and drug use. It launched in late September 2018, but has already become a top source for radical stories other outlets are too afraid to touch, and scientifically accurate stories about drug use and addiction. I loved working with them and highly recommend them–but keep in mind that they are a start up and the pay rates reflect that.
Headspace—Headspace is primarily a meditation app, but they also host a blog and are a paying market for contributing writers! They pay more for reported features, but also accept unique personal narratives that relate to meditation and mental health. They ask for a brief abstract, and you should definitely check out their submissions page for more details about what they are seeking.
HealthyPlace—HealthyPlace is a versatile and widely popular site that publishes a huge range of mental health topics. They are seeking regular mental health bloggers who can make a commitment of at least one year. Visit their page to see the specific topics they are currently filling. They also require that their bloggers make one video per month. Technically, they do not pay the minimum to make this list ($25/article), but I am keeping them on the list because they offer consistent work. If you work for them, you will make more than $25/month. You can see an example of my work for them here.
InRecovery—This magazine is self-described as an “inspirational magazine for individuals and professionals in recovery from addictions of various sorts.” The downside is that pay is unlisted and they prefer that you send them completed articles on spec, so writing for them is a risk, but if you’re confident in your chops, it’s worth it.
Longreads–Longreads is seeking one time or regular contributors. They want non-fiction, interviews, and blog posts. No fiction. While they are thematically various, I am including them on this list because they pay well and are presumably open to mental health articles. Listed pay ranges from $250-$500.
InPathy–While they do not pay for one-time submissions, they provide an opportunity to join their “Writer’s Circle,” in which they allow writers to choose articles from a variety of listed topics. Pay is unlisted.
Narratively—While Narratively is not specifically seeking mental health related stories, they are seeking true stories in narrative format that are unusual and interesting. I’m betting a well written account of life with mental illness would fit nicely. They accept both submissions and pitches. Pay is unlisted.
OC87 Recovery Diaries—This publication pays $250 for personal essays from a mental health perspective. They do specify that while they may accept some articles involving addiction as a co-occurring disorder, they will not publish anything that focuses primarily on addiction. They state on their site that their response time is 4-6 weeks, and that they accept either pitches or completed essays.
Our Stories Of Strength—This anthology series accepts stories about chronic illnesses, and some of their themes relate to mental health. They pay just $25 (the minimum to get on this list) with some other options offered.
Psychology For Living—This Faith-based publication seeks articles related to psychology and the Christian faith. They pay up to $200 for articles, depending on length. They prefer that you send a completed article. Be sure to check out their guidelines (linked) before writing something.
Psychology Today—Yes, I’m talking the famous magazine here. Please note that they do not pay for blog posts, but do pay for print magazine articles or regular contributors. They are seeking articulate, well-researched articles rather than first person narratives. They request queries (pitches) only.
Rise Magazine–This publication is doing a pretty unique and important project. They are highlighting to stories of parents who have been involved with Child Services. You don’t have to be a writer to participate–they say that their editors will work with even if you don’t have a writing background. They list pay as $100.
Self Magazine-–They frequently feature articles about depression and other “lighter” mental health issues.This Conde Nast publication offers the security of being part of major media conglomerate. That also means their editorial contact info isn’t easy to find, but luckily the health editor offers her email for pitches on Twitter, and that is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ssshhh, don’t tell her I told you!
The Establishment—This high-minded feminist publication has high standards and pays well for its articles. Depending on the type of article you can score $125-$500 writing for them. Their scope is pretty wide, but they do have a Brain+Body section which accepts mental health related issues viewed through a feminist lens. Pretty sweet in my opinion.
The Fix—This online publication centers around addiction, and any related topic, but I have seen some posts on the site that pertain to other mental health conditions as well. They have two different submissions options listed and I’m not sure which they prefer, but from what I can find, if you have a pitch, get your guidelines here, and if you have a submission, sent it through their submittable page here.
Tonic—Tonic is Vice’s health blog.They describe themselves as “a website and digital video channel that covers wellness, science and big-picture health issues.” They are seeking unique personal stories about mental health and related. They accept cold pitches. Pay is unlisted but previous writers have reported it at .20-.33/word (yes, that’s been my experience too).
Transition Magazine—This print publication has an ongoing submissions call for poetry and prose related to mental health, and they seek stories which focus on both inside and “outside looking in” perspectives. They pay $50/printed page.
Very Well–While this certified health publication does not accept unsolicited articles, they do invite freelancers to apply to be part of their team of regular contributors. They do not state their specific pay rate or response time.
Vibrant Life—Vibrant Life offers $100-$300 for articles couched in the Christian Faith about health and mental clarity. They prefer completed articles that have been edited to be publication-ready.
Vox First Person—Vox’s first person initiative publishes interesting personal stories, and includes mental health as one of the categories that they are actively seeking. They pay around $500 per story and welcome cold pitches. In my experience, they do not respond if they reject your pitch, but respond within days if they do.
YourTango—YourTango describes their feel as “smart, playful, and real.” They publish a range of topics, which include mental health. Their stories usually focus on relationships. They accept cold pitches. Pay is unlisted but reported by previous writers at $50-$100.
Small Blogs That Accept Mental Health Writing (unpaid):
Betty’s Battleground—Of course Betty’s Battleground is on this list! I wish I could afford to pay my writers. Maybe someday. I can, however, offer a forum to tell your story and exposure to writers who need samples to link to paying markets–and it was recently ranked 26 on Feedspot’s list of top 75 PTSD blogs. I do work with you to help edit it into the best piece it can be, so contact me if you’re interested.
Guiding Hope–Our Voice—This blog accepts anonymous submissions. The goal is to “help those with mental illness and to give voice to those who need an outlet.”
My Uninspired Blog—I love this blog! Find what I wrote for this young lady here. She has a “Mental Health Mondays” section that features guest writers on a variety of mental health topics. She is also very friendly and easy to talk to you so if you’d like to be on Mental Health Mondays, don’t be afraid to say hi.
Penny For Your Thoughts Blog–This is run by a very nice person with social anxiety who is seeking contributors to write on just about any mental health topic.
PTSDWifey-–PTSD Wifey has written for me, and vice-versa. She is a very nice mama whose blog focuses on PTSD. If you have something to write about PTSD or a related condition, she is very easy to talk with and often publishes work by guest writers.
Skin & Satori-–I LOVE Leah, the site author at Skin & Satori. Not in a creepy way. She is just super friendly and smart. She seeks writing related to mental health and Buddhism. You can read my guest post to see an example!
Survival Is A Talent—I am so happy this powerful blog reopened for submissions. I am subscribed to this blog and had a great experience writing for it. She accepts topics on anything related to health and wellness, whether that’s mental or physical.
The Nut Factory–I am subscribed to this lovely blog hailing from Australia that offers posts about anxiety, depression, and other mental health topics. It is known for clear, concise posts and the guest posts are usually short as well.
The Liminal Network—Though they do not pay, this blog has high standards and vets their guest posts accordingly. They raw, honest personal stories that evoke an emotional response in the reader while providing new, useful information.
If you have a small blog (and by small I mean profits, not necessarily readership) and you accept unpaid guest posts on mental health topics, please e-mail me or leave your info in the comments so I can add it to the list! –email@example.com
If you know of a paying mental health market that I have not included, or if you learn that one of these markets no longer pays or is no longer accepting submissions, please e-mail me or leave that info in the comments as well.
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