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Calling all stories!

Have you got a story to share about how you are managing your mental health and emotional wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic?

If so the team at Dorset Mind would love to hear from you.

We’re gathering real life stories from children and young people to share across our networks, connecting people’s experiences and supporting others like you.

Perhaps it’s to do with the challenges of staying at home, perhaps it’s anxiety round what is happening in the world, perhaps it’s tricky family relationships, perhaps it’s concern over self-isolation, perhaps it’s worry over the future. Maybe it’s something else entirely…

We are all facing many new situations that we have to adapt to and that can be hard to face alone. So let’s get our stories out there and hope that our words can make a positive impact on someone who would benefit from hearing them.

What should you include?

Try to keep your story between 300-500 words.

Create your story in a word document, or a similar editable programme (eg. OpenOffice)

Think about who you want your story to speak to and write it as if you are speaking to them directly.

Include a relevant photo (or two), or a drawing or graphic that illustrates your story.

Create an outline before you start to help you keep on track. An outline doesn’t need to be lengthy, or even detailed – it’s just a rough guide to make sure you don’t lose the thread of what you want to say.

Here’s an example outline;

Introduction – Quick introduction to me and what I will be talking about.

Section 1 – My experience of handling the current situation and how I have felt about it so far.

Section 2 – How I am helping myself (and/or others) to stay mentally healthy.

Section 3 – What difference my coping strategies are making to me/others

Section 4 – What advice/guidance I have for others

Section 5 – Conclusion – a quick summary of all the above

Remember, if you write about something you know well and care about it will really resonate with those who are reading it.

Please email your story to dmyh@dorsetmind.uk. Don’t forget to include your name and age in the email.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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