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About The Guild

The Mental Health Writers’ Guild exists to provide a community open to all bloggers and writers  who write pieces which are either directly or indirectly related to mental health and mental well-being and where the perceived focus of said pieces is not to intentionally bring sufferers of mental illness or poor mental health, their family and friends, or those working within this field, into disrepute.

The Mental Health Writers’ Guild exists to encourage: positive, informative, inspirational writing in respect of Mental Health.  Doing so in the hope of ..

a)  furthering a greater understanding of the issues and challenges relating to Mental Health and Mental Well-being.

b)  addressing and working towards the reduction and removal of the stigma often attached to poor mental health and/or mental illness.

c)  keeping people advised of any progress, research, developments or discoveries within the field of Mental Health and Mental Well-being.

Likewise, The Mental Health Writers’ Guild seeks to encourage support and unity between all those writing about Mental Health and especially within Guild members.

Access to membership of the Guild is free and voluntary and is via direct application or by nomination from a third-party and details of how to apply or to nominate someone can be found on our ‘MEMBERSHIP‘ page.

Please note that:  The inclusion of a blog or site in the Membership of the Mental Health Writers Guild should in no way be taken to infer or imply that the Guild and /or it’s members  endorse or agree with all of the content of that blog or site.  membership of the Guild simply requires a main focus of that blog or site to be about Mental Health and Mental Wellness and is not specific to individual beliefs or opinions other than that the blog/site represents mental health and those who suffer from mental health related issues in a positive light.

Additionally and most importantly:  The Mental Health Writer’s Guild is a voluntary, non-profit, non-professional community.  Membership to to the Guild does not and is not intended in itself  to imply. infer, or confer any form of professional or accredited status on it’s members.

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35 comments on “About The Guild

  1. Kevin–I’m so impressed that you have the vision and energy to put together a guild like this. It’s a great idea, and I think I have a blog to nominate that will be great for you (I’ll do it through the proper channels). I’d love to join myself, but not all my posts are directly related to mental health, so I’ll just have to follow from the sidelines, which I’m sure will be illuminating. Best of luck with your enterprise, Candida

    • Hi Candida,

      Thankyou for your kind words, there are so many really great blogs out there and I am just glad to be a part of it all and so encouraged by the response.

      In terms of the blog you are thinking of nominating yes please do, either nominate them or approach the blogger in question and get them to consider it.

      In terms of you own blog, not every piece on a person’s blog needs to be about mental health I just ask that it is one of the main themes and that anything written has been written in a way that is positive and not negative concerning mental health. So please feel free to join us.

      Hope you are well
      Kind Regard,

      Kevin.

      • Have already approached the person I spoke about and am waiting to hear back. Why don’t I try membership, and if we find that topics like parenting or finances in marriage aren’t directly enough related to your vision of the guild, why you’ll just let me know? Best regards, Candida

  2. Thank you so much for including me in the Guild. I may be the blogger of whom she speaks 🙂 as Candida is the one who nominated me.. Just a thought. 🙂 I would put my 2 cents in if I may and I think her blog is very relevant and although I have not read on every topic she has written on, I can say that from a bipolar viewpoint, the information she imparts is helpful, current and she writes in a way that is…caring. I have often read pieces, especially about medication and some of the down sides of bipolar that have left me feeling, sad or hopeless – such is the nature of the beast, but every time I have read something on Candida’s blog, I have felt like there is hope. Very thorough and helpful. Every time I have asked a question she has answered it and if she didn;t know the answer she found it later and included it or even wrote other posts about it. – I have been more willing to consider the things that must be considered after reading it in her blog. I think that is pretty positive writing for mental well being so I am glad to see you have included her as well. 🙂 Thank you both. LizzieC

  3. Having just now found this site, what a valuable forum and gathering place. How important to know that we are not alone and this community is a great asset. Thanks.

    • Hi Terry,

      Good to hear from you and glad you liked the site. Sorry for the late response I have been unwell.

      Check out the site and if you feel it is appropriate why not consider becoming a member?

      Kind regards and God bless you.
      Kevin

  4. […] As part of my commitment to helping end this stigma, I have pledged to Blog for Mental Health in 2013 and joined the Mental Health Writers’ Guild. […]

  5. Kevin,

    Thank you for adding me! It is a privilege to be part of this Guild!

  6. I nominated this blog for The Liebster Award…for more info: http://breakdownchick.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/the-liebster-award/

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  8. Hi Kevin. I have a Very Inspiring Blogger award for you. The details are at my post here http://gentlementalannie.com/2015/03/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    I got your earlier reply. I will respond in a little while. I have had an extremely difficult day of anxiety attack and PTSD over an IRS letter and also being locked out of my Turbo tax account for a stupid error on their part. I need turbo tax to help me with the tax problem and they won’t until I fix the identity issue with them.
    It is terrible.

    Anyway, I have not forgotten you. I have just been on the phone for hours and hours trying to fix this. I even had to take a xanex which i very rarely take, just to keep myself on the phone explaining and re explaining the problem to one person after the other. Four hours of nightmare and still not fixed.
    Talk to you shortly
    Much love
    Annie

  9. I have a blog in which I’m blogging on Mental Health Awareness throughout the month of April. Having lived with depression and with people who’ve had mental health issues, I thought of expressing my thoughts and insights and sharing them for what they are worth.
    Lakshmi

    • Hi Lakshmi,

      Many thanks for getting in touch and letting me know about your site “Voice’nViews”.

      I am pleased to be able to tell you that I have just popped over and visited the site and I am more than happy to include the site “Voice’nViews” in our Guild Members list and in fact have just done exactly that. So welcome!

      Please feel free to copy the member’s logo from that page and to display it on your site/blog if you wish to. As a member you are entitled to 🙂
      You are also very welcome to join in any competitions that are run and to give out the Warrior Child Award to any blogger whom you feel is deserving of it. You will find details of that award on its own page within the navigation bar.

      I should perhaps mention that due to many bloggers wishing to remain anonymous as a result of the stigma that still remains in respect of poor mental health and mental illness, membership to the Guild is awarded to the site/blog and not the blogger or site owner. The only ways in which this is relevant is that it means that…

      a) Guild membership does not (and therefore cannot be used to) imply or infer credibility to the person only to the site/blog, and then only in as much as the site/blog is seen to have a link to, or content concerning, the field of mental health and mental illness. Acceptance into Guild membership does not therefore infer or imply that the Guild endorses any content within than site/blog. Additionally,

      b) should you have or wish to start a further blog or blogs, membership of the Guild does not automatically transfer to that or those blogs and they must also be approved for membership.

      I think that about covers it so all that remains for me to say is that if I can be of any help please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. And again “welcome to our little band of bloggers!”

      Kind Regards and God bless you.
      Kevin

      • Thank you Kevin, for including my blog and all the info ! When I started, I wanted to explore ‘writing’ and then, without me being aware, issues That have been a part of me just wrote themselves out. I realised then that I do need to speak on this, whatever the world may think.
        You have just inspired me to keep writing !

        • Hi AVoice,

          Really pleased that you are part of the guild and that your blogging has given you a new voice.

          Blogging – having that voice – is so important not only for ourselves but also for others.

          Keep up the good work

          Kind regards and God bless you.
          Kevin

  10. I just found this site and love the idea of what you’re doing here. I’m in the process of reworking my writing site, but I do write features called ‘writing with depression’. Once I get those rolling again, I will submit an application to the site. 🙂 Again, wonderful site.

  11. […] award comes from the community of the Mental Health Writer’s Guild, which is an amazing community I should add! And it’s actually an award that is much like an […]

  12. This is the first I have heard of your Guild. I think it is phenomenal. Kudos to all.

    • Hi Nancy.

      Sorry for the really lengthy delay in responding. I have been unwell and extremely busy at church over the Christmas time. I am now in the process of trying to play catch up. But many thanks for your kind comments.
      Kind regards and God bless you.

      Kevin

  13. I am sooo glad I found this guild! We need to spread more awareness about mental health especially during these days.

  14. Hello! Call me Pectopatron. I am suffering from PTSD and I am so lucky to discover this blog. It gives me a strong and inspiring story to survive and do positive things.

    I start blogging about PTSD because I think it just the best tool for me to release my anxiety and it scientifically was proven. I hope it works for me and brings me a joy and resilience.

    Regard
    Pectopatron

    • Hi Pectopatron,

      Many thanks for getting in touch and for your comments. Apologies for the delayed response.

      You didn’t mention in your comment whether you were writing to apply for membership of the guild and I didn’t want to presume. Perhaps you could clarify that for me.
      Many thanks.

      Kind regards and God bless you.
      Kevin.

      • Hi! Kevin,

        It’s okay. Thak you for your replying.

        I am pretty new in this blogging and I do not have enough content yet. I will update regularly because it’s part of my therapy. I would like to apply for membership after I have enough content.

        Warm Regard
        Pectopatron

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