Do You Have A Story From The Ward?

Attention Former Inpatients:

I’m collecting stories from all over to curate and feature in a book that will highlight the experiences those had while staying inpatient in a psych ward/behavioral unit at a hospital. If you or someone you know has been treated for a mental illness and has stayed for any length of time overnight in a psych ward and would like to share their story of their treatment experience and recovery, please contribute your story of 1500 – 2000 words. Send your submission to or submit through the form field below.

Let’s show the world the raw reality of being committed and our battles for sanity in the healthcare system. Good and bad.


For liability and protection, hospital entity names will be changed to protect their status as well as any names of others in your story, including yours if you so choose.


Consider, but don’t be limited to, the following questions when writing your story:

  • How was your stay in the ward significant to your mental health journey?
  • How could the experience be improved?
  • What was the atmosphere and environment of the hospital like? Show and describe the experience.
  • What did it take to get through this time?
  • Who were the key people who changed your perspective and helped you get better?
  • What were things you would have done differently or wanted the hospital to do differently?

If you don’t have any experience in the hospital, but know someone who has, would you mind forwarding this page to them? The deadline for submitting your story is May 1, 2018.

Thank you for your bravery and willingness to share in this way. In return, those who submit their piece will be given a free advance copy of the ebook and free ebook copy of my memoir. 

Power, Love & A Sound Mind,
Katie R. Dale
2 Timothy 1:7



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