- Reach a wide audience
- Short-form and digital content can help storytellers reach a wide audience with important messages about mental health.
- Balance darkness with hope
- Look for ways to balance the darker aspects of the story with hope.
- Consult an expert for guidance
- Consult an expert advisor, the same way you would for long-form projects.
Aim for balanced storytelling
- Short-form content provides less time and space to explore the full scope of someone’s mental health experience. Sometimes this means there is a heavier focus on the darker parts of someone’s struggle than there is on the positive aspects of mental health, like coping, recovery, or the treatment process.
- Look for ways to balance heavier aspects of your story and offer a message of hope to the viewer.
Consult an expert advisor, the same way you would when creating long-form content
- Collaborate with an expert partner to ensure that the snapshot you’re sharing does not perpetuate harmful perceptions, particularly if your story involves a higher risk group, someone from a marginalized community, or someone with a mental health condition that’s often misunderstood.