EXCITING CHANGES 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.