At MHA, we believe that a workplace that fosters positive mental health, and our open culture reflects that. Leaders are available to everyone, people help each other, and the environment is more casual than formal. MHA’s benefits include health insurance with generous employer contribution, 401(K) match up to 5% of salary, dental, disability, generous PTO, flexible work arrangements, professional development fund, and a fund to improve mental well-being.
Internal Number: MHW01212022
Mental Health America (MHA) is looking for a Mental Health Writer for MHA’s Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) to write mental health-related content for our sites and manage relationships with external writing/content CRI partners. The CRI is a division of MHA that includes the MHA programs that deliver online support services. The Mental Health Writer will report to the Chief Program Officer.
Here’s who we’re looking for:
You are a talented writer who has personal experience living with a mental health condition or experience working with individuals with mental health conditions. You can take challenging topics like suicide or psychosis and think about what a person is feeling and struggling with to create content that resonates with them. You like to write articles like those you find at mhascreening.org.
You can look at an analysis of the needs and behavior of your audience and work with a team to strategize what kind of content will help people. You can communicate with different people and different organizations that have a variety of experiences and opinions. You’re not afraid to reach out to someone you don’t know to start a conversation. You can work with other writers from different life and work experiences and guide them toward how to write content that works for MHA’s programs. You can copy edit others’ writing.
Although MHA staff are mostly working remotely due to COVID, this position is eligible for full-time remote employment. However, because many events take place in the Washington, DC area, non-local candidates will be expected to travel regularly (up to 10% when the pandemic ends). Local candidates are strongly encouraged.
MHA understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism and embrace diversity and inclusion in all that we do, including informing our hiring practices. We pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and racist policies in all their forms.
To apply for the job, send a cover letter and resume to: email@example.com. Please type “Mental Health Writer” in the subject line of the e-mail. Your cover letter should share information with the team about your personal interests in mental health and why this position is interesting to you.
No phone calls or direct emails, please. EOE.
Work with the CRI and MHA teams to help maintain editorial calendars
Participate in weekly team meetings and brainstorms and help support project timelines for deliverables
Contribute to CRI overall direction, including brainstorming or contributing to content creation and/or research specifically to support high-risk and underserved communities
Participate in long-term planning for CRI, including brainstorming sessions
Transition rapidly to providing significant support for programs where the workload is high
Work with other departments at MHA (policy, affiliate services, peer advocacy/supports, and public education) to advance CRI objectives
Actively engage in professional development
A mixture of education and work experience in writing and mental health. For example, a candidate might have a bachelor’s degree in a writing-related field (writing (general), creative writing, professional writing, science and medical writing, journalism, English/English literature, technical writing) and a master’s degree in mental health (social work, counseling, psychology, or human services), or vice versa. Or a person can have a degree in either writing or mental health but demonstrate work history in the other field.
We are seeking a person with a bachelor’s degree and 2 years of work experience, or a person in their first or second-year post-master’s degree.
Strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail
Comfort with or ability to learn website management tools (WordPress, basic HTML)
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups and individuals
Some travel required—mostly local, but occasionally overnight (less than 10% when safe travel resumes)
Priority is given to individuals with lived experience (preference) or professional experience with underserved populations; Black, Latino, or Native or Indigenous communities; psychosis; self-harm; domestic violence; interpersonal violence; physical abuse; childhood abuse; or employment issues.
About Mental Health America Mental Health America (MHA)'s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal. MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. MHA’s national office and its 200+ affiliates and associates around the country work every day to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization.
Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.