World Mental Health DayToday is the start of mental health week, which will culminate in World Mental Health Day on October 10.

This is an important time to send out the message about mental health; what is good mental health and how to get support for improving your mental health.

It’s a great time to be blogging because there will be a big focus on mental health for the next week. The hash tags #mentalhealth and #mentalhealthweek will likely be trending over the coming week so it’s the perfect time to publish your post and share on Twitter with those hash tags.

So what to write about for mental health week?

There are lots of different content ideas you could use during mental health week including:

  • A tips post: Post your top tips for improving and sustaining your mental health.
  • A tips post related to your niche: Write a tips post that speaks to your ideal clients. For example, if you work in the field of parenting you could write about how parents can create mentally healthy children. If you’re a relationship counsellor, write about how good relationships help your mental health.
  • A numbered list post: Write a list of things that can impact your mental health. For example, 10 Ways Your Relationship is Ruining Your Mental Health or, 7 Things that can Make You Depressed or, 5 Ways to Overcome Your Obsessive Thoughts.
  • Write a compilation post: This may take a little more organisation, but it’s a great way to use content from others to create a blog post. A compilation post usually takes the form of a series of contributions from different people. We created a compilation post for mental health week by asking Australian mental health ambassadors what good mental health means to them: Australian Mental Health Ambassadors Share What Good Mental Health Means to Them. Here’s another example of a compilation post by Australia Counselling member Jodie Gale: Creative Spaces: Inside 25 Counselling and Psychotherapy Rooms.
  • Share inspirational quotes: Write a post of all your favourite quotes related to mental health. You could also add lots of visual elements to a post like this by following the suggestions in our last blog challenge.
  • Create a mental health resource list: Compile a list of mental health resources for people suffering from mental health issues in your area. This is something that can be life-saving to someone who comes across your post.

Some blogging tips:

  • Don’t think about this one too much. It’s more important that you publish a post for mental health week during the coming week, and preferably post on World Mental Health Day on October 10, than deliberate for many days and then miss the opportunity of posting during this week. The bottom line is work light and fast so you can publish in the next few days.
  • Be creative, but keep it simple. By all means let your creative juices flow for this post. At the same time, you don’t need to let a lack of creativity stop you from posting. Lots of people can benefit from very simple information about how to improve their mental health. If you’re feeling stuck, just write a simple tips post that can benefit lots of people.
  • If you haven’t blogged yet, this is the time to get started. If you have been following along with the blog challenge but haven’t yet started blogging, this is the perfect time to start. Focus on how you can help people that are suffering from a mental health issue. If that doesn’t motivate you to start blogging, nothing will!
  • Use hash tags for sharing: If you’re sharing your post on social media (and you should be!) make sure you use the hash tags #mentalhealth and #mentalhealthweek to help your post reach maximum exposure during mental health week.

Guidelines for sharing

Once you’ve completed your blog post, please share it in the comments section below so we can all read your challenge submission.

  • If you’re joining the challenge late, you can see all the blog topics for the months you’ve missed on our website here.
  • Please share your blog posts on Twitter when completed with the hashtag: #TherapyWorks! and mention @AUcounselling in your tweet so I can then share your blog posts on our social media accounts.
  • When you’ve completed your blog, please add the title of your post and the URL to the comments of this post.
  • There is a group pin board where we will pin all the posts related the challenge. Please follow the Australia Counselling Pinterest account so I can add you.
  • Please share the blog posts of others and add comments to their blogs so we can all benefit from the power of the social web!

If you’ve landed on this page from social media and are not signed up for the 2014 blog challenge, you can do so here.