Should this sub-forum be for mental health generally?

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Should this sub-forum be for mental health generally?

A suggestion... As the forum is for parents with kids of all ages and the main focus is on education, rather than a forum mainly for new mums with small kids, shouldn't this section be for mental health generally rather than just PND?  It could include mental health of parents and mental health issues with kids and teens, including promoting good mental health, not just dealing with problems.  this Could still be an area where people can get help and support for PND, but people may have other mental health issues they may want to discuss, get advice on etc, plus everyone should find out about promoting/maintaing good mental health in themselves and their kids.

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Good plan and some good ideas. Don't let me forget and feel free to remind me just in case it gets left out amongst all the forum upgrades.

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The discussions I have had on here this week (unfortunately the Wednesday thread is one of the ones that disappeared) and the support I have been given would indicate that there are a number of people on here who have at some stage suffered from mental illnesses to some degree. I therefore agree with Umm that a specific place for us to give and receive support would be good.

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(because I am aware I don't half bang on about it sometimes *grin*) I am very open about having a diagnosis of bipolar. So yes, I think that is a jolly good idea.

 

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Great idea

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well that's kind of what I was thinking as well, because I got lots of help and support on this forum myself, and there are quite a few users who have, or have had, mental health problems.  I also think there's not enough general information and awareness out there about mental health.  Mental illness is one of those things that you don't really think about much until it strikes you or a close family member.

EB keep on banging on about it, because it raises awareness and removes the stigma for other people, and that makes it easier for people to get help and support themselves.  I might have been too scared to ask for help/advice on this forum, if I hadn't seen that the members here are knowledgable and accepting about mental health issues.

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I think it's a great idea having had issues of this type myself as well as OD.

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if there weren't many forumers who have such issues but choose (as is perfectly their right) NOT to discuss them as well. Perhaps just having the space to might be a comfort even if it were never used?

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Ok, I've changed the title of the section to Mental health issues.

With the description: A forum to discuss any mental health issues affecting parents and children.

I'm happy to change these if they're not what you intended.

 

If you'd like to come up with an introduction to the area, welcoming new posters and explaining the purpose of the section then please do - perhaps featuring some helpful links to external organisations/helplines etc.  too - and I can make it a sticky post at the top of the section.

 

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yeah the title and description are good Smile not sure exactly what you want in the intro, but if I rephrase the main points in the first post, i.e. purpose of the forum, is that what you were thinking about?

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Yes - sounds good. Ta.

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