What's a mental health selfie?

Sometimes the best mental health advice we get is not from professionals, but from people who've been through the same thing as us.

That's why we want you to share your experience in a #mentalhealthselfie

A mental health selfie is simple a vlog (a video blog) made by and starring someone with experience of mental health problems.

It can be about:

  • your everyday life
  • ways you cope
  • a type of treatment that you've found helpful

Unfortunately we cannot publish book/ music/ film promotions or creative works such as poems or songs.

If you're unsure your topic is suitable, please do email us at selfie@mind.org.uk

Watch Jess' selfie on why vlogging can be good for your own mental health as well as for raising awareness.

How to make a mental health selfie

Step 1: Read this list

It's important that your selfie fits with the format and style of the rest of the series.

Make sure you follow these dos and dont's, or we might be able to publish your selfie:

Don't

  • Send us anything over 4 minutes
  • Include copyrighted material (e.g. music, graphics)
  • Add on-screen text (we can add this in the Mind style if we need to)
  • Add special effects or cutaways
  • Describe specific details or methods of things like self-harm, eating disorders or suicide (see our blogging guidelines or Time to Change's guidelines on writing safely about mental health for more info)
  • Hold your camera portrait (so your shot is taller than it is wide) 

Unfortunately we cannot publish poetry, music or creative writing.

Do

  • Keep it to about 3 minutes
  • Talk straight to the camera about your personal experience
  • Read our blogging guidelines before you start
  • Record in a quiet and light place, where we can see you and hear you
  • Hold your camera landscape (so the shot is longer than it is high)

Step 2: Find a camera

There's no need for a professional camera, just use any device you have.

  • Does your phone have a camera?
  • Is there one built into your laptop or desktop computer?
  • Does anyone in your family
    have one you can borrow?

Step 3: Decide what to say

Maybe it would be helpful to write it down, or practice in front of a mirror?

If you're unsure about what it will mean to have your selfie online, for example who will be able to see it and what you should and shouldn't say, take a look at our information on How to stay safe online.

You could read our information on the topic you want to talk about to get inspiration or have a look at these examples.

We'd also love it if you could:

Remember: Just because something seems obvious to you, doesn't mean others have thought of it.

Step 4: Find somewhere quiet

Find yourself a quiet place and make your selfie. It doesn't have to be in your living room or bedroom. As long as you make sure there's enough light for us to see you and it's quiet enough for us to hear you.

Step 5: Get filming

Remember if you're using your phone, make sure you're holding your camera sideways.

Don’t feel like you have to get it done in one go, have as many tries as you like.

Be yourself: We want to see everyone's personalities!

Step 5: Upload your selfie

Most of the time videos are too big to email so it might be easier to upload it to a hosting site, like Youtube or Vimeo.

Step 6: Send us your selfie

Wait! Have you checked your selfie has kept to the Dos and Donts?

If the answer to this yes, then send us your selfie.

Send us your selfie now!

Step 7: Put your feet up

Wait for us to be in touch. We aim to get back to you with 28 days, but sometimes it might be longer. 

If we are able to publish your selfie we will add it to this playlist on our Youtube channel.

Please note that if you have chosen to send your selfie to us via your own channel on Youtube, we will ask you to take it down or make it private, as on our blog and Youtube channel, we aim to only publish original content.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at digital@mind.org.uk

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