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NEON Collection: Donate a story

Diversity in the NEON Collection

We are committed to the NEON Collection being as diverse as possible, including:

  • To ensure we have stories that represent a wide range of experiences, so that people who access the collection have the best possible chance of finding stories that ‘speak’ to their own situations
  • Because we recognise that people from minorities within society can be disproportionately affected by mental health issues

Our commitment to diversity includes actively working to increase our range of perspectives, with a current focus on  ethnicity, sexuality, neurodiversity and gender diversity.

To that end, we would particularly welcome the stories of people from the following groups, who are currently under-represented in the NEON Collection:

a) Black, Asian and other minority ethnicities

b) Minority sexualities (e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer people …)

c) Neurodivergent perspectives (e.g. people on the Autism spectrum or with ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia …)

d) Minority genders (gender-fluid, intersex, non-binary, trans people …)

We do however welcome all story donations from all people, and from narrators located anywhere in the world.

Please note that the terms used above reflect the diverse identities and experiences of British society, and alternative terms may be preferred in other countries.

Narrative guide

Our colleagues at the McPin Foundation have released a guide for people who might be interested in sharing their mental health experiences; which includes some thoughts on reasons to share or not to share their story. Download in colour here and in black and white here