Mind is wanting to continue to change how the newsletter looks. They want more diverse content, and more ways to get involved, so readers are getting more of what they want. To do this, Mind are looking for 2 guest editors to form an editing team for 6 months, from October 2023 to March 2024.

The purpose of Mind’s lived experience newsletter:

  • Express and explore the diverse voices of lived experience of mental health problems
  • Connect and collaborate with people with lived experience across the country, including campaigners
  • Be a route to getting involved with Mind

They are looking for:

Mind are particularly looking for people who have lesser understood mental health conditions, or come from marginalised backgrounds. This might relate to your ethnicity, class, age, disability, gender identity, or other parts of your identity.

Each person will take turns in leading a theme or issue each month. Others will support you by researching and writing content.

Together, the guest editors will come up with new ways to make the newsletter more relevant for people and communities affected by mental health.

You’ll work with the Mind team to develop your ideas, link to relevant content, and share your experiences through the newsletter. We have an induction pack to help you do this.

You will meet with the lived experience newsletter editing team every week from late September.

Expected commitment:

You will:

  • Need access to the internet to so you can use Microsoft documents online
  • Have a basic understanding of how to use Microsoft Word (but you won’t need access to paid Microsoft Office licenses)
  • Commit to at least 3 meetings a month, between 9am and 6pm on a weekday (exact timings will be decided when the team is chosen)
  • Be able to create written, spoken, or video content in English

Commitment to inclusion:

A couple of people from the lived experience leadership team at Mind will meet with you 1 to 1 (online) to talk through what to expect. They will use this time to ask if you have any access needs. If it’s helpful, they can share their accessibility form so you can tell the team about anything you need support with.

You will be given an induction pack to help you develop your ideas. And we’ll meet weekly to discuss any issues you’re facing.

You will also be offered an optional wellbeing check-in, if you’d find that useful.

Closing date: 10pm, 30th August.

If you have been chosen, Mind will get in touch with you by Thursday 14 September 2023.

The application form is linked to below. Alternatively, you can apply by video or voice message: In your message, please give us the following information:

– Your name
– Your email address
– Your phone number
– What would you like to do with the newsletter? Please include a theme or interest which you can share experiences about (maximum 250 words)
– What qualities do you have which contribute to successful teamwork? Please use an example, which can be from any area of your life (maximum 250 words)
– Anything else you’d like to add to support your application (maximum 250 words).

If responding by video or voice message, please send to 07503888998 using WhatsApp.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact the Lived Experience Leadership team at Mind at livedexp@mind.org.uk

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