PEERS Perspectives is a blog series that offers thoughts and reflections from our staff and community members on mental health, current events, and the ways they affect our lives.

Today’s post on Creative Writing is written by Communications Coordinator Joshua Walters

Hello-

This is an open letter to your inner creative side, to jump aboard a journal and write something that inspires you!

Currently, I curate the blog at PEERS and we have recently been re-invigorated to ask all PEERS Employees to write something for the blog once a month. Even with full participation, we will still have openings in our calendar for outside contributions from authors like you.

We accept traditional journalistic articles that are wellness-themed as well as many other formats. It could be a short story about your personal experience, something that happened to you recently, something poetic or lyrical, as well as entries that are not even words. What? Yes, some blog articles of ours include pictures, videos, or sound. We accept all formats.

As someone who has been experimenting with all these formats for quite a while, I can tell you there is no wrong answer for letting your creative voice shine. 

As for me, I started with spoken word, which became performances of theater, comedy, and storytelling. I’ve written and performed narrative pieces for radio, TV, and many types of stages large and small. The gratification that someone has heard what is going on in my world, especially to touch the hearts and minds of individuals with the same experience is immensely powerful.

The power of the personal narrative is something that I believe has the power to move boulders, especially in the world of mental health advocacy. So many have experiences that they are unable to voice, or do not want to speak about because of shame, fear of judgment, or not having a platform to be heard.

When you share your story, it empowers those around you, to live life to its fullest potential, in a world where each story is validated, and experience is something to be respected and honored. 

So come aboard and add your voice to the mix at PEERS, it doesn’t have to be that serious. Start with speaking about a song that moves you. There is so much to be said of sounds that soothe. 

Submit articles by email: jwalters@peersnet.org

Joshua