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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 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 :)

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.


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