How to Start a Blog About Mental Health: 9 Steps to Guide You

How to Start a Blog About Mental Health: 9 Steps to Guide You

Do you know you can start a blog about mental health?

Where you share mental health information for mental health awareness and also add some mental health quotes to help tackle issues around this topic.

Just like every other blog which focuses on the life (weight loss, food, drugs, diseases, etc), the mental health of every individual too, is very important and it is pertinent that the public gain access to the right and genuine information concerning their health. This is why so many persons have decided to go into blogging about life and its deep mysteries.

If you wish you share your tips and methods on mental health, you can do so in a blog but you can only start one when you have the knowledge and right information on how to start , and consistently build it to generate enough traffic and at the end, make money from it. Your audience need information on how they can come out of any mental health issue; if your blog can do that, then you’re on your way to success.

NOTE: This is NOT a mental health blog, but a guide on how to start one.

What is Mental Health?

Before starting your blog, you need to know your “why.” Click To Tweet This will direct you and ensure that all your content are funneled to the main idea: mental health.

As a mental health blogger (probably beginner), your sole duty is to fix the emotional, psychological and social well-being of your audience. Your writes will center around making choices, handling pain, overcoming stress and a whole lot of issues that deals with the human psychology.

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Steps to guide you as a mental health blogger

  1. Find your message
  2. Start right
  3. Be what you write
  4. Locate your niche
  5. Locate your target audience
  6. Work with health practitioners
  7. Connect with fellow bloggers
  8. Learn how to use your words
  9. Fund your blog

Becoming a blogger, especially as a beginner, is a very tedious journey. Blogging about the mental health of individuals is another heavy task you have to carry out, in order to be successful.

Before starting out as a mental health blogger, you need to know how to start a blog, to gain the technical aspects of blogging. This part has nothing to do with your niche. It’s one thing every blogger should know before starting out.

After setting your blog for your desired purpose, here are some useful tips you can use to help you grow in that niche.

1. Find your message: As a mental health blogger, you have just one message for your audience. Every content you put out there will carry a specific message, which you want to pass across to your audience.
This unique message will make you stand out and create a reputable brand for you. When your audience visit, they will have one thing in mind: your message. It is this message that gives them a genuine hope and makes them find a lasting solution to their “unending” problem.

2. Start right: It is one thing to have a message, and another thing to successfully pass that message across to your audience. Remember that you’re dealing with a very critical aspect of the human psychology. Your first message out there will determine your success. Start right and ride smoothly, or start wrongly and have the problem of correcting future mistakes.

Note that whatever you put out on the internet, remains forever. Think well before you click that “publish” button. It is certain that you will face a lot of harsh criticisms and failed methods (of course some medicines fail too) but your only Armour is the foundation you have built from start.

When you have positive results from start, they will form a base for your future works and if any problem arises, you won’t be affected highly.

3. Be what you write: It is no news that so many people now fake tips and strategies for boosting mental health. Click To TweetIn a bid to always be consistent and show up, so many now give out wrong (or unverified) method to overcome mental illness.

This has brought a great damage to so many brands. Would you love to be one of them? I don’t think so. Whatever step you’re giving out there, make sure it is properly verified and proven by you, friends or clients. By doing so, you are creating an image and your feedback will be filled with positive messages.

4. Locate your niche: The mental health world is a very broad one. You will only succeed fully, if you craft a sub niche for your blog. You can’t write on everything. You need to specialize on a particular niche, in other to generate the right audience for your blog. There are so many sub-niches under the mental health. Some of which include:

  • Eating disorders: You can choose to address the issue of eating disorders in individuals. Due to poor mental health, some individuals either abstain from feeding, or overfeed. Both ways are not right, and as such you have the sole aim as a blogger to create content on how to balance eating habits for proper growth.
  • Mood disorders: When faced with poor mental health, individuals frequently undergo mood swings. As a blogger, you need to create contents on how to reduce stress and over-thinking. Help your audience regain happiness. Your blog shouldn’t be too formal. Add a little humor to help you blend better with your audience.
  • Trauma and stress-related disorders: Some individuals might have experienced dirty pasts while growing up. These affect their mood and in turn change their total behavior. You have the responsibility as a blogger to find a way to make them feel at home and probably forget past experiences.
  • Substance use disorders: In a bid to forget worries and pains, so many individuals abuse certain drugs (or substances). They feel it is the best way to escape from the multiple pains. You don’t have to criticize or mock them. Your job is to softly and carefully explain the dangers of such drugs. Not only that, find lasting solutions to help them drift to a better alternative.

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Other niches you can be successful as a mental health blogger are:

Anxiety disorders
Behavioral disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality disorders
Psychotic disorders
Suicidal behaviors

These niches will direct your content and in turn, generate your target audience.

5. Locate your target audience: As a mental health blogger, you can’t create content for everybody. For you to be known and recognized in your field, you need to locate your target audience. They could be children, teens, young adults, athletes, the aged and so on. Your sole aim is to search for a problem which they face, and come up with solutions.

6. Work with health practitioners: You are a blogger on a particular topic and as such, you will have limited information about some proven methods to aid individuals with poor mental health. This is why you should seek counsel from certified health practitioners.

Do not prescribe drugs; you’re not a doctor. Do not over promise; it may fail and your image will be tarnished. Remember: one mistake can cost you a lot in this journey.

7. Connect with fellow bloggers: It is certain that you won’t know everything. This is why to should connect with bloggers: both on in and outside your niche. This will help you gather useful information and discard the rest. New tips can be shared and ideas on how to become better too, will be very useful when starting out. When you’re connecting with bloggers who are higher than you, ensure that you follow keenly and learn from their mistakes.

8. Learn how to use your words: You’re blogging on a very vital niche and as such, every word you put out there must be carefully selected. If you can’t write articles or create content, kindly hire a professional, who has a good knowledge of SEO, to help boost your blog. You can however, read up the block post on how to write articles for your blog, to gain the basic steps need to fully launch into a profitable career as a blogger.

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9. Fund your blog: If you can’t spend money on research, domain plans, hiring freelancers, and so on, you should either hold on, or start small (or with a free domain). While you can make money while blogging, is doesn’t come in a fickle. You have to strive hard, generate enough traffic and find multiple ways to boost your brand and probably earn from it. Click To Tweet

Blogging on mental health can be a very tough one. This is because all your methods may not work as planned and you will have the job of always explaining to angry clients, why a proven method didn’t work out.
If you love the mental health world, them this post is just for you.

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