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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 Kelly Dessaint on August 15, 2013 at 11:55am

Piltdownlad #6: Institutionalized

This issue features the "Institutionalized" story cycle, which is an exploration of one event told from the individual perspectives of four participants. Picks up where The Nasty Dear (Piltdownlad #4) left off: from the Jackson group home in Anniston, Alabama, to Hillcrest Hospital, a mental hospital in Birmingham, where my brother Joey is put in the Youth Ward and I end up in the Adolescent Ward. Meanwhile, our father and Rick come home to discover their fate: a potential life sentence for child sexual abuse. Interspersed among the narrative are actual court records from the trial, newspaper clippings, song lyrics, photos and other miscellany.

As with all issues of Piltdownlad, not for the fainthearted or the hardhearted. 

Also includes a letter and comment sections and zine reviews. 

typewritten and photocopied
wrap around cover
perfect bound
100 pages
5.5 x 8.5

Read more about it here.

Order on etsy here.

Trades welcome. 

Comment by Sprout on July 15, 2013 at 8:19pm

Hi, I will be curating a list of 10 zine about mental health for the zine librarian's web site. I wondered, if anyone has advice for me on what they look for and value in a mental health zine? What would be helpful to you? Is there a certain topic that you would like to explore more and would like to see more zines about? Thanks!

Comment by Fluxxii on July 8, 2013 at 7:37pm

Hey folks! Fluxxii is putting together a mental health zine and, if all goes well, we'd love to go on tour with it! Feel free to spread the word. Any questions, comments, and submissions should go to april@fluxxii.com. Thanks!

Comment by lauramarie on May 13, 2013 at 9:02am

Functionally ill 15 is out.  It's about therapy, art therapy, goals, locus of control, and losing my best friend.  It's available for trade, so please message me or email me at robotmad (gmail).  Thank you!

Comment by Chrysothème A. on May 13, 2013 at 1:16am

i’m interested in putting together a mental health zine focused on social anxiety disorder. social anxiety hates showing its face, but we need to express ourselves. please submit anything about social anxiety that you want to share: comics/humor, poetry, personal writing, opinions, therapeutic insights, lists of ways you cope, relevant quotes, resource recommendations, collages, illustrations, photography, unsent letters, ruminations, anything!

i want to put this zine together because i want to put a face to the disorder—so little is known about social anxiety sufferers because we rarely show up for help or support groups. years ago, the pharmaceutical industry put out a series of Zoloft advertisements depicting social anxiety sufferers as sad white pills who blush & get stomach problems at parties. while such symptoms are a problem among many of us, i think we’re more complex than sad little white pills at a party. we range from agoraphobic homebodies to chatty social butterflies who still get the butterflies, with our own thoughts & struggles & ways of coping. if you can’t think of something to submit, try sending in a selfie (self-portrait) &/or a little about yourself & what you think of social anxiety, just to add to the multiplicity of who we are.

one of the symptoms of social anxiety is worrying too much what others think of us—you can submit material anonymously or under a pseudonym. please add a name/website if you want your piece credited, or contact info if you want feedback/dialogue on what you submit. there’s no deadline for this project, although i’d like to have it done sometime this year. i’m thinking of making it half-sized (5.5”x4.25”), so you can send in something in that size or letter-sized. the zine will be in black & white. free copies will be given to those who contribute.

Comment by Kathy Tran on April 7, 2013 at 1:36am

Check out my etsy for a copy!

Have you ever hosted a traveller before? Volthair #4 is the stranger in the night that you house in your guest room. Coffee and tequila; a mix of stories about couch surfing adventures to a list of embarrassing moments. I wear my heart in my zine, because I believe human connection is art. 

My zines began as an art project; a goal to write about my life and send it to strangers around the world. Over time I realized how writing and reflection enabled me to grow. I've dealt with social anxiety for much of my life and my zines were the first things that allowed me to feel and be heard. My perzines have connected me with so many wonderful people around the world and gave me enough confidence to share with people I know in real life. 

Each zine I publish allows me to observe how my personality shifts and changes. After every story I write, there is a decay period of reflection during the time I prepare for the world to view my zines. By the time you read my zine, I will surely be a different person. I may already regret a few things about what I have written before I even print the zine.

Low and below; Lo and behold; Volthair #4 is the first zine that feels most reflective and accurate of my printed cmyk mind. Kathy 4.0: Polished. This zine contains writings from March 2010 - February 2013. 64 pages. Black and White. Signed and dated on the back. 30 versions available.

Comment by fishspit on February 27, 2013 at 1:08pm

concerning the comment by adrian fynch  . . . I have been writing zines dealing with mental health for 25 years! I'm up to issue #58 . .. but, i don't do facebook and the other address down there doesn't work. Don't you all just have a regular address i could post these too! they are very wild! many stays in southern hell holes! lots of p.c.p. psychouts! Not to be missed!

if anyone else wants one write me at Fishspit 1304 175th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA

98008.  it is always free and always entertaining. but if you got one to trade, send it on!  Wiseblood! the official gazzette of the mentally ill!!!!!!! ha ha ha ha ah ha ha ha ha

Comment by Adrian Fynch on February 27, 2013 at 12:49pm

Hey everyone!

My friend and I have started a new distro specifically about zines dealing with mental health. We are looking for submissions! Check out our manifesto here: https://www.facebook.com/GuanoDistro and contact us through there or at guano.distro[at]gmail[dot]com

Comment by Jen on January 17, 2013 at 6:36pm

She's Not a Morning Person #09

Written in November 2011, this zine chronicles my complicated relationship with my recently deceased dad. I talk about my childhood and what it was like to grow up in a chaotic, oftentimes abusive household and what it was like to grow up with an addict. There is also writing on how my relationship with my father shaped me, for both the good and the bad. The zine is raw, emotional, and extremely honest. If abuse, addiction, or grief are triggers for you, please read with care.

I love trades - especially if your zine is about mental health or cats. I'm also going to be at the LA Zine Fest next month if you're attending. Or you can buy for $3ppd.

Comment by Jenny Hughes on January 13, 2013 at 3:59am


I've written two issues of Peach, Plum, Pear. It's a perzine mostly about daily living and past experiences with depression.

I wrote these in the last few years but just wanted to say that they're now available in their entirety on my photos for anyone that's interested.

Thanks, Jenny :)


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