Some of you have asked really great questions about the You Matter Blogger Council, so we thought we’d share the answers here in case others have been wondering about the same sorts of things.
Reminder: We’re accepting applications for the Spring 2016 You Matter Blogger Council until December 11th!
What exactly does it mean to be a part of the You Matter Blogger Council?
Members of the You Matter Blogger Council are more than bloggers— they are part of a community of young adults who care about mental health, suicide prevention, and want help others feel better about the issues they are struggling with.
Being a part of the You Matter Blogger means that you’ll write (about) one post each week from September 15th to December 15th. Plus, you’ll have the chance to interact with our community and will participate in monthly video chat with your fellow You Matter Blogger Council members
What are we required to write about?
Anything that matters to you! Sort of. You Matter was created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to let young adults, who are high-risk for suicide attempts, know that their lives matter. Bloggers tend to write about their personal experiences with mental illness, suicide attempts, LGBTQ issues, self-harm, relationships and recovery.
How long should the posts be?
Our posts are typically between 300-500 words. Sometimes they are longer, but this isn’t the place for long reads.
Also are there any times we would need to meet in person?
Nope. Part of the idea behind the You Matter Blogger Council is to represent voices from all over the country. We’ve even had bloggers from Alaska! So, we’ll never meet in person, but with our monthly Google Hangouts, you’ll still get to meet your fellow bloggers.
I’m over 25. Why can’t I apply?
There’s a saying we believe in “Nothing About Us, Without Us.” And since You Matter was created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline specifically for young adults, we want to highlight their voices.
That said, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Learn more about volunteering on their site.