Semimonthly #SciWriThrive for all members

Career health and mental health are often discussed separately, but they flourish together. Let’s thrive off our collective support!

These ongoing, one-hour virtual member-run meet-ups will be an opportunity for writers, editors, etc., to meet informally to network and get peer support. If the conversation feels too crowded, we can use breakout rooms to mingle in smaller groups, with or without topics or an icebreaker question.

This is a safe space. Feel welcomed as we navigate with eager ears and open hearts what’s important to us! All participants should be familiar with, and agree to, the guidelines below before attending.

  • Second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am ET
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 pm ET

Please note alternating times: second Tuesday is earlier time, fourth Tuesday is later time. This is an attempt to accommodate work and family demands.

Click here for information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

All participants should read through the full meeting information at nasw.org/SciWriThrive before attending. Some important excerpts are below.

Agreements and privacy

In addition to abiding by the Conference and Meeting Code of Conduct, all participants in the SciWriThrive network agree to abide by these principles in order to create a space of solidarity and support:

-Every participant has an equal voice and responsibility. Everyone should have a chance to share.

No one person should monopolize the group or the time.

-Every participant strives to be an active listener, offering compassion and encouragement and speaking from a place of care.

-Every participant strives to be non-judgmental, encouraging, and supportive. Participants must not engage in biased, demeaning, intimidating, coercive, or harassing/hostile conduct or commentary, whether seriously or in jest (e.g., based on power differential, gender [sex, identity, expression], sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or national origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, age, body size or other physical appearance, disability, socioeconomic status, or other identities); Do not comment on personal appearance or assumed or known reasons why a person chooses to participate via video, audio, or other means—seriously or in jest; this is the opposite of respectful and welcoming conduct.

-Every participant must respect the privacy of all participants by keeping the identities of all participants and the content of all discussions in the forum in strict confidence. What is said in the network must stay there. No recording or screenshots are permitted.

-Participants agree not to share Zoom links or access instructions.

-Participants agree that whatever is said in a meeting will not be used as information to influence their or their co-workers’ or colleagues’ decision to hire, work with, or otherwise impact their or their co-workers’ or colleagues’ professional relationship with another participant.

-Every participant understands that NASW is a 501c6 non-profit. By participating in the network, forum, discussions, or meetings, participants are agreeing to waive all claims against the officers, board, and facilitators of the group.

Limitations of the network

The network aims to serve as a member-run space for finding solidarity in the professional and personal challenges we share. This can include sharing mental health challenges without having to explain their complexities and depth. While sharing of mental health challenges is warmly welcomed, NASW’s SciWriThrive network is an informal peer network, not group therapy. It is not run by doctors, mental health professionals, or trained facilitators and is not intended to be a substitute for therapy (etc. etc.). We encourage participants to use the resources below to explore therapy or other forms of professional help as needed. If you have thoughts of harming yourself or others, please contact a doctor immediately and/or contact:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Additional resources for mental health support, many of which are specific to media, can be found at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Click here for information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

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