Literary Journals with a Mental Health Focus

The following is a list of literary journals with a mental health theme. These publications have a creative (rather than lifestyle) focus.

All links are current as of April 2018. If you find a non-working link or newly defunct publication at anytime in the future, or if you know a journal or magazine that should be added to this list, please let me know. I appreciate your help in making this list as comprehensive as possible. Thank you!

— Nicole Melanson


Ailment – Chronicles of Illness Narratives

Submissions from patients (those with chronic mental and physical illness), caretakers, family and friends affected by a loved-one’s illness and practitioners (healthcare providers) will be considered. Responses to the creative prompt may be submitted in non-fiction, essay, poetry, photography, drawing or painting form.



A literary magazine that focuses exclusively on content about mental health and all the idiosyncrasies that come along in living with mental illness.



Amygdala’s goal is to build a sense of community by creating a platform for people to bring mental health issues into dialogue. We seek to achieve this through original works including: creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and art. We are looking for work that elucidates the wide range of issues and emotions mental health disorders evoke.


Asylum: The Radical Mental Health Magazine

Asylum is published 4 times a year and is a forum for free and open debate about controversial issues in mental health and psychiatry. They accept articles, stories, poetry, cartoons and other art with mental health themes.


Blanket Sea

Blanket Sea is an arts & literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of artists and writers living with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability.


Buddy. A Lit Zine

Buddy considers writing on any topic, of any style and by writers of any experience. We are also a safe space for writing about mental health (MH).


Doll Hospital

Doll Hospital is an art and literature journal on mental health.


Inside the Bell Jar

Inside The Bell Jar is a literary journal dedicated to providing an honest insight into the complexity of mental illness. Inside The Bell Jar accepts poetry, short stories and flash fiction of absolutely any genre. The only real requirement we have is that your piece is related to mental illness in some way.


Luna Luna

Luna Luna is an online diary and community dedicated to personal essay, poetry, idea, magical living, exploration of shadow and truth.


Open Minds Quarterly

Open Minds Quarterly is a glossy 28-page consumer magazine with paid circulation, which features poetry, memoir, fiction, interviews, reviews and other writing and art by people whose experiences are often diagnosed as mental illnesses or addictions, and by our supporters and allies.


Peculiars Magazine

Peculiars magazine is a platform created with the aim of bringing awareness around mental health, through art. We showcase artists from all over the world: some are photographers, some are poets, some are illustrators, some are writers… but they all have one thing in common: they’re fighting their demons. They’re survivors.


The Perch

The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health’s online literary magazine complementing our program’s core focus on issues of health in the community and personal journeys through life. Our magazine takes a broad and holistic view of mental health as encompassing its physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects.


Psychological Perspectives: A Quarterly Journal of Jungian Thought

This unique and substantial publication voices, explores and documents a wide range of professional and personal issues related to Jungian thought and practice. The journal offers original articles, interviews, fiction writing, book, video and film reviews, art, illustrations and poetry



Silakbo PH is an effort to uplift stories in the context of mental health awareness. As art allows for catharsis and self-expression, we aim to uplift stories of mental health awareness through creative means: be it a poem, a painting or a playlist, any medium that best expresses your story is welcome. 


Tap Lit Mag

|tap| lit mag aims to publish poetry and prose by marginalized voices on the themes of trauma, grief, mental health, and social justice.


Transition Magazine

TRANSITION is a truly unique publication, published twice annually by the Saskatchewan Division of Canadian Mental Health Association. We solicit original, unpublished articles, as well as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, and visual art (black and white) that represent current mental health issues in our province and reflect on their impact on individuals.

7 thoughts on “Literary Journals with a Mental Health Focus

  1. “Asylum: the radical mental health magazine” (formerly the “magazine for democratic psychiatry”) publishes article, stories, poetry, cartoons and other art with mental health themes ~ it has an open submission policy…
    more info can be found at:
    www . asylummagazine . org

    very best wishes,

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  2. Hi! I’m an assistant poetry editor for Buddy. a lit.zine. We are a mental health safespace and publish writing of most any topic and genre. Our website is Thanks so much for providing your list! Happy writing!

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