Writers With Mental Illness

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43.8 million U.S. adults have a mental illness with writers experiencing higher rates. Writers With Mental Illness is for those of us who straddle both communities. This is a safe place to talk about both.

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What does Writers With Mental Illness Do?

  • Support emerging writers with mental illness. Some ways WWMI supports writers is through blog posts, the support group, Patreon, author interviews, and book reviews.
  • Raise mental illness awareness and fight stigma through storytelling.
  • Encourage the use of writing as a coping skill for mental health struggles.

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Hi, I’m August Blair, the blogger behind Writers With Mental Illness (WWMI).

I live with mental illness. I write about mental illness. As a writer with a mental illness, I have unique struggles and strengths. I created Writers With Mental Illness to talk about those parts of my life and support other emerging mentally ill writers. Writing is how I make sense of life. It is part of my identity. Mental illness has become a part of who I am, as well. Despite not wanting to be labeled, my diagnosis helps me understand my symptoms and cope with them better.

I created WWMI for those of us who live with mental illness and love to write. I wanted to support writers with mental illness and provide a place to share our stories and fight stigma.

Big thanks to Abby Whittredge, Daniel Watts, Emily Deibler, and Jessica Lavallee for supporting Writers With Mental Illness on Patreon!

Sources: NAMI, NCBI

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Art by Jessica Lavallee


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