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Mental Health Zines

zinesters who write and create zines about mental health, mental illness, personal struggles and work around it, advice and support, resources, and everything else around this theme.

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Comment by zoe blaq on December 13, 2012 at 4:03pm

Please participate in this interconnected story I would like to tell based on my eclectic artsy friends from all over the world. Meaning you! Take pictures, share thoughts, feelings, hopes, emotions ON THE DATE OF DECEMBER 21st.

Is it the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? Does it matter?

I will be putting together Abstract By Nature #3 - a zine anthology of all of our works.


Please send pictures, art work, poetry, short stories, sex stories, band stories, testimonials, etc.

*No longer than half of a page.


I hope to hear from you!

Comment by DawnZilla on November 19, 2012 at 9:54pm

Call for Submissions - Violence in Our Own Communities

I’m working on a zine about addressing violence and abuse within our own communities. Here’s all the info:

I am specifically looking for submissions from people who consider themselves part of punk/hardcore, activist, and/or radical communities. These “communities” may or may not be tied to specific geographic locations. I am thinking broadly when I say “violence and abuse” as possibly including emotional, physical, sexual, and/or intimate partner violence and abuse, as well as violence that is based around race, ability, class, gender, sexuality, or other factors. “Addressing” this violence might include prevention, intervention, and/or responses after the fact.

That being said, the questions are up to your own interpretation. You are invited to write as little or as much as you’d like to any or all of the questions, and to focus on a single community or whatever seems most important to you. Please think of them more as prompts and don’t feel limited to “just” answering the questions.

So here are the prompts:

- Please give some background information about yourself and the communities you consider yourself to be a part of.

- What do you believe is the responsibility of your communities to address violence and abuse within them?

- How have you seen violence and abuse actually addressed within your own communities?

- How would you like to see your communities address violence and abuse within them?

- In what ways have your communities been successful in addressing violence and abuse within them?

Please let me know if/how you’d like your name included in the zine along with any contact info you’d like shared so others can reach you directly.

I’m also going to try something a little different with this. If you have contributed to the zine by Sunday, Nov. 24th, you will be able to read all of the other submissions received by then and invited to share any other thoughts/responses. I will also group submissions by location (if mentioned) to hopefully make it easier to connect to people closer to you.

You can send submissions to me at zilla@staykind.com. Please get in touch with any questions and pass this on to anyone else you know who may be interested.

Thanks so much!

Comment by ZippityZinedra on November 2, 2012 at 9:54am

Different Shades of normal is now in it's first issue.

It's 50 pages long and handwritten.

Topics include: mental illness (schizophrenia), self-destruction, etc. This zine's central focus is Love-whether Loving another or relearning to Love one self again.

Email me at sandra_reiki_@hotmail.com . Love to trade :)


**(watching a woman self-destruct while doing nothing is not a revolutionary act)**

Comment by tilwearefree on October 24, 2012 at 5:39pm

My first perzine, is finished as of two days ago! Available for trade or cost for printing/shipping cuz I'm poor! ($3 to ship to you)

This zine is a personal zine about childhood trauma, my struggles to keep myself sane in the midst of a toxic home life, and my experience with the mental health system beginning at a young age. This zine is an attempt to process these traumas and come to peace with them. Zine 1 of many.

Comment by Indigo on October 20, 2012 at 4:24pm
So stoked to have just come across this group!

I'm a grad student at ucla working on my masters in social welfare. I'm planning to put together my final research/thesis project and include a zine! I'm interning at the painted brain, a DMH contracted agency. If anyone is interested in working with me or even just having a convo about it, let me know!

Comment by dwing comics on July 31, 2012 at 10:15am

"What it is:"

My newest (5.5" x 7.5" ) zine of short stories (some dealing with stress/mental health/identity), collages and comics.

For trade:  B&W copy, 32 pages

For trades, contact me at senorita.wing(at)gmail.com

For sale ($6.50 plus $2 handling/shipping): Color copy, 32 pages

To view additional images and/or to purchase color zine, visit:


Comment by Kelly Dessaint on June 22, 2012 at 5:20pm

In 1986, when I was fifteen, I moved from Los Angeles to a small town in Alabama with my father, my younger brother and a friend of my dad's. Six months later, my father was in prison, my little brother was in a group home and I was in a mental hospital. 

Piltdownlad #4 features a confessional narrative entitled "The Nasty Oh-Dear," which details how I ended up institutionalized and then a ward of the state of Alabama. I don't go into my time in the mental hospital (I'm saving that for another issue), focusing instead on what lead to being taken into state custody. 

This issue also covers a wide range of topics related to zines, self-publishing and perzines, including a meditation on the first perzine I ever read, the pondering of truth versus fiction in the perzine, the origins of the name "piltdownlad", Dischord Records, who and what I saw at the LA Zine Fest and several pages of zine reviews. 

I prefer trades, but if money is an issue, I can do paypal or etsy.   

If interested, please contact me here or through my site: piltdownlad.com

Comment by Paper Monster Press on April 19, 2012 at 2:06am



Asuang is an umbrella term for creatures that people our imagination. As blood suckers, they engender in us, a fear of the dark, of morbidity, of paleness, of incense. The fear that desires, the fear that suffocates, not just creatures but open spaces and high places. Fear of beings that when looked at mirrors or through other eyes, resemble perhaps, ourselves? Then here maybe, there be monsters?

Asuang then calls not just for darkness but for hallucinogen, psychedelia, kaleidoscopic narratives in whatever genre.

Specifically, we ask for:
1. 1-3 poems/ essays/ flash fiction (less than 500 words, English or Filipino)

2. 1-3 artworks in black/ white (in JPEG format)

3. 1-3 sound pieces in MP3 or Wav format

4. Critical essays about the small press/ underground publishing/ the culture of fanzines (also under 500 words)

5. Reviews of any issue of Paper Monster Press (and we’ve done 6 so far)
a. Pyrotechnic Poetry 1
b. Pyrotechnic Poetry 2
c. S/trip-hop
d. Dream(pop)
e. Queer Punk
f. SANDIGmaan

6. A theme for 1 print year
a. Issue 1: Atlantis (about forgetting/ resurfacing/ the abyss/ depths/ drowning/ swan diving)
b. Issue 2: Free Tibet (about culture clash/ Buddhism/ heights/ climbing/ pure dizziness of clouds)
c. Issue 3: Time-space Warp (about timezones/ cultural differences/ time and space/ reincarnation/ and the endless echoes we can never reach)
d. Issue 4: Labyrinths (canals/ road bridges/ the strange and devious routes we take to fantasy/ intoxication/ escape)

1. Send all submissions to papermonsterpress@yahoo.com with the heading: ATTN: ASUANG SUBMISSION
2. The deadline for submissions is on May 31, 2012.
3. Payment is one contributor copy and that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from seeing your name in print. ;)

Comment by Robert Ridley-Shackleton on March 23, 2012 at 5:30am

Robert Ridley-Shackleton – The Frightening Church

A little book of my dreams, hallucinations and thoughts expressed through drawings, words, photography and collage. Alien like creatures, spinal columns, wires connecting the layers of worlds, the darkness who watches all and many more images splatted onto the pages. A5 sized, black and white photocopied 20 page zine. An expression of my mental health.

Zine: £2

Postage to uk: £1.00

Europe: £1.50

World: £2.00

To order the zine contact me at: hissingframes@gmail.com

To view more images of the zine and other zines visit: http://hissingframes.blogspot.co.uk/

Comment by jazz m on March 22, 2012 at 12:56am

Dear Shane, I tried to kill myself

This zine chronicles my last severe depressive episode leading up to and including my suicide attempts and subsequent hospitalization. It's honest and raw and most definitely triggering (suicide, depression, self injury, disordered eating, gender dysphoria, criminal activity, anxiety, grief), but I wrote it with the idea in mind, what would have made me feel less alone when I was feeling incredibly depressed and suicidal every single minute of every day? I identify as trans and queer and my zine couldn't escape the smattering of queerness that is injected into every part of my life; the zine was originally a letter penned to a boy I had a huge crush on at the time. I feel really proud of this zine, and I'm hoping you'll like it, too. 

There's more info (and the cover, which could be triggering, also) on my blog post

The zine is 101 pages, half sized, $6 or trade. Message me or shoot me an e-mail to johnnyseesstars at gmail dot com. 


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