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Top tips for writing a blog

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When reading blogs you might think how amazing it is that someone can get all their thoughts down so well. I know I definitely think that! Really, blogs are just people’s experiences and thoughts all down on paper for others to read. You might think you don’t know what to write or how to write it, but we just wanted to take the time to say: everyone has something to say. You are an expert in your own experiences and can use that to reach out to others who might be going through something similar.

So from that, one of the Young People who will be writing for the blog in the future has given their top tips for writing.

  1. Being clear and honest
  2. Finding a subject that the readers can connect to
  3. Using examples of personal experience so the readers feel less alone in the subject
  4. Asking rhetorical questions that get the readers thinking
  5. Avoiding offensive / triggering subjects
  6. Keeping it light hearted where possible

Don’t forget, if you want to talk your blogs through before writing them, you can contact participation@nht.nhs.uk. The team are here to listen to your voice and experience and help you have it heard.

 

We do have guidelines in place if you would like to write a blog for us - find out more below:

Guidelines

You must be aged between 11-21 (young people)

OR

Parent / carer of a child any age

· Under 18's may need parental consent - we will keep you updated with this and contact you for parental consent if appropriate before posting

· Triggering content will be reviewed and warnings may be given

· Please avoid graphic details, these may be triggering and encourage similar behaviours in others

· Spelling, grammar and template/structure checks will take place

· Clinical content will be checked by professionals to ensure it is in line with current guidance

· Annual blog raffle as thank you

Contact us

Live chat - Talk to us on CAMHS live 9am-9pm Monday - Friday.

Text a school nurse - for friendly, helpful advice. This service is designed for 11-19 year olds: 07507 329 600 Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Phone - the consultation line for parents, carers, young people and professionals is available 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday on call  0800 170 7055.

If you are in a crisis, at risk of self-harm or suicide – the CYPMHS crisis team is open 24/7 and can be accessed by calling 0800 170 7055.

Or: 

  1. Text Shout to 85258 at any time day or night. You can find out more by accessing the Give a Shout website here
  2. If your life is at imminent risk, call 999 for emergency help.

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