Membership to the Guild fall into two specific categories. These being either membership awarded to a blog or website specific too or dealing with Mental Health Awareness and/or Mental Illness. Or membership awarded to an Author or Writer who writes about Mental Health Awareness and/or Mental Illness. Please note that these are separate membership types and having one membership type does not automatically infer the other.
Due to the nature of Mental Health and Mental Awareness blogging and in respect of those bloggers who wish to retain some anonymity, whilst membership is of course inferred upon the blog owner it is given specifically awarded to the blog or website nominated or submitted ONLY. For this reason, in respect of blog membership, the right to display the Guild Logo applies ONLY to that blog or site.
Therefore, should a member wish to display the logo on another blog or site he or she MUST first submit the other blog or site for approval and have that site or blog approved by the Guild before displaying said logo.
Membership to the Guild is based solely on that blog/site having Mental Health and/or Mental Wellness as a main focus of it’s content. A blog or site’s membership to the Guild does not therefore infer that the Guild (or it’s members) endorse or agree with all of the content of that blog or site.
In this case the ‘Member Blog’ Logo for that year can and should be displayed on that website or blog.
Unlike ‘Blog Membership’, Author membership is awarded to the actual author or writer and not to any blog or website he or she may own or publish. And therefore ‘Author Membership’ does not automatically infer ‘Blog Membership’ to any blogs or websites owned or published by said author.
Author Membership was created in order to afford membership to those writers or authors whose work does not constitute or is not specific to blogs or websites but which have Mental Health and/or Mental Wellness as a main focus. Therefore, ‘Author Membership’ would apply to those who have written and published books or articles in off-line journals and magazines for example.
Access to Membership:
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 this page.
Members of the Guild are entitled to display the appropriate Guild Membership logo on their work whilst they remain a member of the Guild, agreeing to remove said logo from their site/blog (or in the case of Author Membership to cease from using said logo) should their membership end.
The primary focus of the Guild is to afford a recognizable community offering support and encouragement for those writers who have mental health or mental well-being as a main theme in their writing.
Additionally it is hoped that the Guild will provide a vehicle through which anyone who writes about mental health or mental well-being will be able to identify other writers who have the same or related interests and indeed themselves be recognized by other writers.
Being mindful of member’s commitment to their own blogs and sites no expectations whatsoever in respect of making contributions to the Guilds’ blog/site are placed upon Guild members.
Members who wish to contribute pieces for inclusion on the Guild’s blog/site or who wish to participate in the competitions that are planned are of course very welcome to do so but no expectation to do so is implied in the offering or the acceptance membership.
Applications and Nominations:
Application or Nomination for Membership of the Guild is open to all whose work is:
a) in the public domain, and
b) relating to mental health and mental well-being, and
c) where the main perceived intent is not to bring mental health or mental illness and/or those people suffering from it or their friends and family or people working within this field into disrepute.
A list of those authors, writers, sites and blogs who are currently members of the Guild will be displayed on our Member Authors and/or Member Blogs pages in the hope that anyone visiting these pages will be encouraged to check out the work of those there listed.
Guild Members, by virtue of their acceptance to the Guild, show their agreement and support of the aims and purposes listed on the GUILD AIMS AND PURPOSES page.
In order to apply for Author Membership…
Please use the ‘comment’ feature below or email us directly at MentalHealthWritersGuild@gmail.com and include within your comment/email: the type of membership required, your contact name, title and details of your publication and the site/blog address through which your publication is available.
Those sites/blogs will then be visited and their content read and consider and anyone being accepted into membership of the Guild will then be notified immediate to acceptance.
In order to apply for Blog Membership…
Please use the ‘comment’ feature below or email us directly at MentalHealthWritersGuild@gmail.com and include within your comment/email: the type of membership required, your contact name, title and address of your site/blog.
In order to nominate a third-person or third-person’s site/blog for membership…
Likewise, please use the ‘comment’ feature below or email us directly at MentalHealthWritersGuild@gmail.com and include within your comment/email: your contact name, plus the contact name and address of the person or site/blog which you would like to be considered. Plus details of their work with respect to Mental Health Awareness or Mental Illness. Please note that: In respect of your nominating a third person or their blog/site for membership you MUST have their prior approval to do so.
The sites/blogs being nominated or the sites through which relevant works are advertised will then be visited and their content read and considered for membership of the Guild and will then be offered membership to the guild as appropriate.
Acceptance into membership of the Guild, and continued membership, remains discretionary not in an attempt to limit membership but simply to ensure that membership of the guild remains credible and worthwhile and in order to try to ensure that the guild and its members are not associated with folk who seek to attack, ridicule, or hurt those folk suffering from mental illness or poor mental health.