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Submission Guidelines

The process of making a submission for including something on the Guild’s site/blog is very simple.

All you have to do is email it to me at the following link.

Email Link  (In case the link doesn’t work for you , our email address is as follows: MentalHealthWritersGuild@gmail.com)

Please note that…

All articles/posts submitted for  publishing on the Guild’s site must be unique and not previously published either in full or in part.  You can of course re-blog them on you own site once (and if) they have been published here.  In this way we seek to ensure that folk within the Mental Health blogging community are not flooded with repetitive content.

Additionally – under normal circumstances – they should be fairly short.  That being no more than two or three (at a push) A4 pages long.  Between 1,000 and 1,500 words is a fairly good target to aim for.

Please also note that….

Whilst I appreciate all items submitted – as well as the fact that members are willing to contribute in this way – in order to protect the Guild and to maintain both the good name of the Guild and it’s members, I do have to reserve the right to decline to include or publish any item or items submitted should its content (either in full, or in part, or by implication) be considered to be…

Too controversial or provocative

inflammatory

Legally dubious

of a commercial nature or from a commercial motivation

Potentially having a negative effect on our membership or members

Potentially bringing disrepute to those of us who suffer with poor Mental Health or with Mental Illness.

Encourages or inspires stigma against those with poor Mental Health or with Mental Illness.

Likewise I reserve the right to delete or remove any item already published should it be considered necessary or advisable.

Additionally, I reserve the right to edit any item submitted or to delay publications of any item or items submitted in order to…

publish them at a more suitable time

avoid flooding member’s Inboxes.

avoid distracting focus from current threads.

Please note where any of the above happens every reasonable effort will be made to contact the person submitting said items in order to notify them of the decision to do so.

Please also be aware – and there will be no negotiation on this point – all articles submitted to and/or published on the guild’s site are done so under the strict understanding that there will be no payment or remuneration made for such articles. This is not because we do not value your work because we do. It is simply that as a voluntary non-profit organisation we do not have the resources to pay for items submitted.

Should a piece be chosen to be published it will inevitably be published along with appropriate graphics.  This is a cosmetic consideration and also often enhances reader’s enjoyment or appreciation of the published piece.

One last point…

Please know that all articles submitted are very much appreciate. However, I administrate this Guild and it’s blog single-handed. Doing so to the best of my ability within the context of my own general and mental health and general and mental health related issues.  Therefore, whilst I do the best that I can to respond to comments, submissions and emails as promptly as possible, sometimes – such as when my general or mental health deteriorates or crashes – response and replies may take a while.

Many thanks

Kevin

33 comments on “Submission Guidelines

  1. I have a submission I want to make from my blog about overcoming a severe panic disorder. Here’s the address. I tried to e-mail it, but it is out of order.

    • Hi April.

      Many thanks for getting in touch concerning your blog.

      Unfortunately I don’t seem able to find the address. you say you have sent.

      Would you please be so kind as to resend it.

      Many thanks,

      Kevin

  2. Hi Kevin,

    Do I need to send the whole article for it to be published or is it enough to send just a link?

    Rgds
    Syd

    • Hi Syd,

      You are more than welcome to send just a link and I will copy and paste from there or reblog it from there.

      Sorry for the delayed response I am fighting the flu and have been laid up in bed for a couple of weeks now.

      Kind Regards and God bless you.
      Kevin

  3. Hey Kevin, your site is brilliant. I would love to be part of the guild. I have a blog called www. my-bipolar.com and it is focused on my recent diagnosis of bipolar,my recovery and my stint in hospital. It’s aimed and helping people understand bipolar and what it’s like to have it.

    I hope you will consider my submission

    Thanks
    Afrika x

    • Hi Afrika,
      Many thanks for getting in touch and letting me know about the site “MY Bipolar”. Please accept my apology for the delayed response but I am unwell with the flu .

      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 “My Bipolar” 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 and,

      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 here or through one of my personal blogs, http://www.VoicesofGlass.wordpress.com and again “welcome to our little band of bloggers!”

      Kind Regards and God bless you.

      Kevin

  4. Hey Kevin, your site is brilliant. I would love to be part of the guild. I have a blog called www. my-bipolar.com and it is focused on my recent diagnosis of bipolar,my recovery and my stint in hospital. It’s aimed and helping people understand bipolar and what it’s like to have it.

    I hope you will consider my submission

    Thanks
    Afrika x

  5. Hi Kevin,

    I sent you my submission but never heard back 😦 I write a blog about Depression.

    Here is the link: https://depressiondarling.wordpress.com/

    🙂

    • Hi depressiondarling,

      Firstly please accept my sincere apologies for your not having heard back from me in respect of your application to join the guild. I truly have no idea what happened there. Knowing how not getting a response to something I have written effects me personally, and mindful of the fact that my mind sometimes slips, I try very hard to ensure that even when I am experiencing a bad episode with my mental health, systems are in place to ensure that everyone gets a response. And I simply can’t work out why this should not have been the case for you. For that I am truly sorry and hope that you will not have taken it personally.

      On brighter note, can I also thank you for getting in touch and letting me know about your site “Depression Darling”.

      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 “Depression Darling” 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 here or through one of my personal blogs, http://www.VoicesofGlass.wordpress.com and again “welcome to our little band of bloggers!”

      Kind Regards and God bless you.
      Kevin

  6. I am a clinical psychologist who uses my personal and professional experience to model self-acceptance in my blog, Normal in Training. http://normalintraining.com

    • Hi CB,

      Many thanks for getting in touch and letting me know about your site “Normal In Training”.

      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 “Normal In Training” 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 here or through one of my personal blogs, http://www.VoicesofGlass.wordpress.com and again “welcome to our little band of bloggers!”

      Kind Regards and God bless you.
      Kevin

  7. […] And, finally, my blog is being included in the Mental Health Writer’s Guild. You can view more info about having your blog included here. […]

  8. Hi Kevin,

    I am the owner of The Panic Room, a new anxiety counselling practice in Salford UK, I have an articles sections that you may be interested in reading at http://www.thepanicroom.co.uk/category/panic-room-articles/ .

    I have suffered and overcome many of the symptoms myself so a lot of the content is written from a personal view which many of my clients can related too which ultimately gives them hope of recovery. I have also written a book called Anxiety: Panicking about Panic which is on Amazon but let me know if you want a copy to read.

    • Hi,

      Many thanks for getting in touch. I have popped over and visited your blog and very much enjoyed the brief time I was able to spend there. (Apologies but I am very busy today and so will return at a later time to read more fully. And yes your book does sound very interesting, thank you.

      I am a little confused however – please forgive me if I am being a bit dim today. Did you want your blog/site to be considered for membership. You didn’t appear to actually say if you did?

      Kind regards and God bless you.
      Kevin.

  9. Kevin, does unpublished mean not previously published thru submission on a blog such as this or not previously published on wordpress at all?

    • Hi InsideTheClock,

      As a ‘general’ rule of thumb ‘unpublished’ in this context means anywhere on the net. The general idea is that submissions should be articles or posts written specifically and solely for publishing on the guild site/blog. The idea of this being that a) it keeps the guild’s content fairly original and b) the guild would not then be guilty of filling folk’s inboxes with posts which they may already have received from or read elsewhere. Of course those writing such articles or posts (just as anyone else is) are quite welcome to reblog said post/article once the guild has published it as this then becomes their choice.

      In a case where someone wishes us to consider reblogging a post that they have already written and published on their own or another blog they are of course welcome to contact me about this but the idea of ‘submissions’ is for articles and posts as yet unpublished and written specifically and solely for publishing on the guild’s blog/site.

      I hope that this helps.

      Many thanks for asking that question I am sure others may also have wondered.

      Kind regards and God bless you.
      Kevin

  10. Hello Kevin , I´ve been looking for places where I can share the messages that I have on the blog I created a few years ago and seems like this can be a very good place for it , it´s called Land of Glory and it gives support and encouragement for those dealing with depression or even emotional issues , to find safe ways to heal the heart and not only begin heaving a healthier mental life but also a brigther future closer to happiness and away from depression , so if You could take a look at http://www.journeytoyourendless.blogspot.com and consider adding it to the Mental Health Writer’s Guild , I´d appreciate it very much . Take care and have a good Sunday 🙂

    • Hi Rodrigo,

      Many thanks for getting in touch and letting me know about your site “Land of Glory”. And apologies for the delay in responding, My daughter flew in to spend some time with me and so my time on the internet has been drastically reduced for a little while.

      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 “Land of Glory” 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.

  11. Hi Kevin,
    Can I become a member here ? I want to publish articles related to mental health .

  12. Hi Kevin,
    I’d like to submit my blog to the Mental Health Writer’s guild.
    It deals with the story of my journey through generalized anxiety.
    You can have a look at it here: http://www.whitestfly.com, if you wish to.
    Thanks for your time and for the work you’re doing!
    Whitest Fly

    • Hi Whitest Fly.

      Many thanks for getting in touch and letting me know about your site “Whitest Fly”. And please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in my getting back to you. I have been unwell and consequently I am now only just at the beginning of playing catch up with all those things that have slipped.

      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 “Whitest Fly” in our Member Blogs 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, blog membership 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) Blog 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 Blog 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, Blog Membership 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

  13. Great blog. I own a forensics, spirituality, and mental health blog at http://asktreyce.wordpress.com – please come check us out! Thanks 🙂

  14. Would love the opportunity to be a guest writer on the guild. Currently having the #1 health podcast on iTunes (North America), as well as an author and passionate writer, I believe we can make magic happen Kevin.

    My site for your review: http://www.anxietyexit.com

  15. […] Click HERE if you want to submit a new and previously unpublished article directly to the membership site. […]

  16. Hi Kevin. Your “email link” doesn’t seem to be working. Here is my blog address for consideration. Thanks. http://www.truthsmysisterstold.com

    • Hi again LFTB,

      Apologies that the email link didn’t work for you. I am not sure why that was. I went to the page this morning and tested it and it seems to be working for me. So I am not sure what happened.

      What I have done however is added our email address in plain text so that should others experience the same difficulties they can simply copy and paste the address. So again my apologies for it not working for you and many thanks for letting me know.

      Kind regards and God bless you.
      Kevin

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