Let’s stop stigma – And change mental health

Welcome to Black Dog Tribe

Over the past two years of running the Black Dog Tribe (BDT) website SANE has had the opportunity to listen to thousands of Tribers, grow the community, and introduce new, creative and supportive ways to discuss all aspects of mental health.
Whilst BDT social media is very active, the use of the BDT forum and website is at a relatively low level. Based on this, we think the best way to continue our thriving community is to invite BDT members to join the SANE Community – which is the heart of SANE’s website.
As part of this exciting transition, which will take place on Monday 6th October, we will give Tribers an independent platform on the SANE website, enabling you to access content from the tribe, but also the SANE Community when you visit this dedicated space in future http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/bdt/.
Registering as a SANE Community member is free and simple; this allows everyone to participate actively in SANE’s vibrant online forum. Here you can give and receive peer-to-peer support, and engage in conversation on any aspect of mental health. In addition, you will be one click away from accessing SANE’s emotional support services. Tribers will also be able to submit artwork, blogs, comments and stories, or view those of like-minded people.
We still plan to issue your daily delivery of mental health news and other content that you enjoy. We would love to know your thoughts on what content you would like to continue receiving from us. To air your views, tell us what works for you and your ideas on what else could be introduced to the tribe, please complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSBW2DJ

Your questions answered...

What will happen to my account on Black Dog Tribe?

Your account on the current Black Dog Tribe website will not work once the microsite has launched (expected date Monday 6th October). In order to access the BDT microsite, and use the SANE support Forum, you will have to register as a SANE community member. This is free, simple and very quick to do: http://www.sane.org.uk/supporters/join
Will I still be able to share my mental health blogs with the tribe?
We would still love bloggers to get in touch with us, and share links to the pieces of their writing that they would like shared with the tribe. You can do this by emailing us at submit@blackdogtribe.com , tweeting directly to @FollowBDT or messaging us on Facebook.
Your blog will published on this part of the SANE website (http://www.sane.org.uk/how_you_can_help/blogging/) and will still be shared via BDT Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. If you have an illustration or photograph that you would like to accompany your blog, please send this to us, but we are more than happy to create a new image just for you!
By becoming a SANE community member, you will also have the benefit of uploading your own blogs to this section of the SANE website.
What will happen to my blog that is published on your current website? 
We will not be able to carry over any of the blogs published on our website from August 2014 or earlier. If you have had a blog published on our website and would like it to be re-featured, please get in touch via submit@blackdogtribe.com.
Please note that we have started uploading blogs recieved this month to SANE's website in preparation for the website transition.
Will you continue to send a weekly e-newsletter?
Unfortunately our stats have shown that our e-newsletter was not being read by many tribers, so this feature will not be carried over in the next chapter of the tribe’s journey. However, our new microsite will have a section that will include weekly mental health news round-ups – so if you bookmark the page, you will still be in the loop with all the goings-on in the world of mental health.


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    We encourage blog writers who write about mental health in all its shapes and forms to share their posts with fellow tribers.

    As we are committed to maintaining a lively but civil platform for discussion, we ask, when you submit your blog, to please avoid the following:


    • Triggering language which could cause distress
    • Commercial promotions
    • Requests for financial aid
    • Mudslinging at other organizations

    Please email your...

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    Inspirational fundraisers Philippa and Charlie are in the middle of an epic challenge to raise money for mental health - they’re cycling from Kuala Lumpur to the UK: ‘Back to Blighty’!
    Philippa and Charlie have now been in the saddle for nine months, have cycled over 10,000km, and have already raised £2,912 for mental health recovery. This incredible sum will provide 583 people whose lives have been devastated by mental illness with 30...
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    Triber Mel has shared with us the encouraging letter she wrote to herself about the changes she needs to make in order to benefit her future self. Read more of Mel's blog here and follow her on Twitter @Melroselass.
    I recently began to look through a CBT workbook and try some of the activities.
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    Triber Francesca has written a very thoughtful post on how people do not choose to be depressed. If you'd like to read more, visit her blog and follow her on Twitter @ffmilliken.
    “Just remember that I love you.” That was what my 11-year-old son said to me as he got out of the car at the bus stop this morning.
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    Triber @TheGirlWaits has started seeing a counsellor to help her with her depression and anxiety. Read her story and show your support in the comments below. You may also like to read more of her blog - if so, click here.
    I’ve started seeing someone. A counsellor. It’s something I’ve avoided for as long as I have...
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    Laura James is taking on her very first 10k to raise money for mental health recovery! She’s been training hard and will be running the Finsbury Park Women’s 10K on Saturday.
    Speaking about why she was inspired to fundraise, Laura said: “It started with me taking up running earlier this year, as part of my ongoing recovery from an episode of depression and stress-related anxiety.
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    In the following blog, triber Rosey outlines the steps she has taken to recover from Postnatal Depression. Follow Rosey on Twitter ...

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    Triber Hazel has penned a beautiful personal poem of gratitude to her counsellor, which explains how having their support has helped her rediscover her inner strength and resourcefulness.