Welcome to Black Dog Tribe.
This is a social place to meet people like you, whether you’re stressed, suffering from a mental illness such as depression, or you’re a care-giver who just doesn’t know what to say or do, share your experiences via forums and blogs and work with us to help stop the stigma.
Why are we here?
We feel there is a very real need for a site that gives people who suffer any form of mental distress and their care-givers the chance to come together and share their experiences.
How do I get involved?
We have forums on many of the key topics around mental illness. Please get involved, register, read the posts and then share your journey. We believe that in helping others, you can help yourself. So by sharing your experiences you will help others who may be struggling. You can also create your own profile and befriend other people similar to you.
Do I need to register?
You can read a lot of content on the site without registering, but if you want to read and post on the forums for privacy reasons we would like you to register. It is quick and painless and you can use Facebook or Twitter to sign in if you prefer.
How often should I check in?
As often as you like, but we are constantly updating the news section, adding new discussions and videos so each time you come back there will be something new.
How do the forum topics work?
You find the topic you are interested in. Read the comments and post. You can also start your own thread if you like. If you are new to the site or unsure about which forum to post in, we recommend posting in the ‘Meet and Discuss’ section to get started and meet fellow Tribers.
What’s Ruby Wax’s involvement with the site?
Black Dog Tribe was Ruby’s idea, largely inspired by the reaction to her play about mental illness Losing It. Ruby blogs on the site on a weekly basis, regularly adds videos and keeps up to date with the latest issues on BDT. She also tweets about the site on her personal account @rubywax.
If I don’t suffer from depression can I still be involved?
Absolutely. One in four of us will suffer from mental illness at some point in our lives, so even if it isn’t you, chances are you know lots of people who are depressed. We also want to use the launch of the site as another occasion to create awareness of mental illness and the way in which it needs to be recognised as an illness like any other, and we need everyone on board.
And what about carers?
Yes Black Dog Tribe is a place for them too. There are forums and advice for anyone who looks after those dealing with mental issues.
What does it mean "Official Launch"?
Although many of the site’s features work already, we are not done yet. Throughout February and March we will be introducing new changes to the site which we are sure you'll love.
How can I help spread the word and raise awareness of mental health issues?
First of all, being here on our site and joining in on the conversation is step one. We’d really appreciate you telling your friends and family about Black Dog Tribe and our campaign. If you haven’t done so already, please show your support by Liking our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter, @FollowBDT. The more people we get talking, the more we will be heard. Use your voice today and declare your support for Black Dog Tribe and help us raise awareness of mental illness.
Are you a charity?
We are not a charity and will rely on the support of companies and individuals to keep the site running in the best interests of the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if your charity wishes to participate.