Please be aware that we are good listeners but this is NOT an emergency room. We are not professionals.
Its ok to talk about feeling depressed and low and share ideas and advice but please refrain from posting suicide threats in the chatroom.
If you need urgent help please contact your local help services or go to :
Suicide prevention life line (USA)
Crisis Text line (USA)
Life Line Crisis support (AUS)
Helplines Suicide prevention Canada (CA)
Suicide prevention helplines India (INDIA)
Hulplijn 113online via telefoon of chat (NL)
Or google a helpline in your country ..
These are just a handful of common abbreviations used in our discussions in this channel. If you have any questions about abbreviations not listed here, please feel free to ask.
MI — Mental Illness
SZ — Schizophrenia
SZA — Schizoaffective
BP — Bipolar
PSZ — Paranoid Schizophrenia
BPD — Borderline Personality Disorder
SI/SH — Self-Injury / Self-Harm*
DX — Diagnosis
AP — Anti-psychotic
PDOC – Psychiatrist
Chat Guidelines: (Please note that this list does not necessarily include every possible scenario and being mentally ill is not an excuse to be a jerk or a troll.)
Chatters must be 18 years of age and over please.
Please do not ASL in our channel. This isn’t a pick-up room.
Please be civil, and supportive.
Please choose an appropriate and consistent nick.
This is an English-speaking channel. If you can’t speak in English, you will be devoiced. Speaking other languages in several sentences that only one or two other people can understand is considered rude and disrespectful.
If you wish to send a PM (or Private Message) to someone in the chat, you must first ask permission in the main chat room. Do not PM anyone without first getting his/her permission
to do so.
It is strongly suggested that if you don’t like what someone is saying, simply utilize the “ignore” feature. It’s easy to do, and will make your chatting experience more enjoyable. To ignore a chatter, click on their nick in the list and select “ignore”, or type /ignore <the nick>.
This is an international chat room. People from all over the world come here to chat in a supportive environment. Thus, insulting or speaking in a negative way about someone’s country, culture, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, race, etc., will result in action taken by the channel’s operators, whether it be a devoicing, or leading up to a ban.
Do NOT encourage anyone to stop taking their medication.
The topic of illegal drug use is not discussed here.
We don’t mind if you drink and chat, but you don’t have to mention or advertise it. Many people here have quit drinking and it’s hard for them if others talk about alcohol all the time. If you want to quit drinking, we may be able to give support or point you to sober support. No fun chat about alcohol. And we don’t accept being drunk as an excuse for bad or bullying behavior.
Profanity, while certainly not encouraged, is allowed as long as it is not used excessively or repeatedly in a manner meant to disrupt chat or gain negative attention. You can still make your point without excessive expletives.
Pornography is not permitted in any form. No links, pics, etc.
Please don’t post links that might upset others. If you are asked to stop posting links, and you continue, you will be devoiced and possibly banned.
Spamming is not tolerated and will result in devoicing and likely a kick from the channel.
Trolling and/or instigating: Do not start or enter into a conversation merely to provoke someone in a negative manner. While we don’t mind debates and encourage healthy discussions, any provocation or instigation of others will result in devoicing…..(This INCLUDES talking trash about others when they are not there to defend themselves). Those with a history of provocation of others will get an automatic ban without warning. Consider this your warning.
Monologues, typically in the form of scrolling or flooding the channel, while there are others currently having a chat or discussion, are extremely disruptive and rude. You will be asked to stop. If you do not stop, you will be devoiced.
Encouraging another person to harm themselves, or to harm others, is an automatic ban, and there will be no warning. Consider this your warning , as well.
If you are devoiced, you will be told by the operator when you are to be revoiced. Do not PM the ops about it. You were devoiced for a reason, and nagging the ops in PM will just extend the length of your devoice. Sending rude or hostile PMs to the ops will result in a ban without warning. Hence, warning now.
If you have been banned from the channel, you were surely warned, or have been warned by reading these rules. Therefore, any PMing, Skyping, Facebook messaging, etc., of ops and owners during this ban will extend the length of your ban.
Initial bans usually last a matter of days. People who frequently get banned for disrupting the channel with the same behavior will have their bans extended. Up to and possibly including a permanent ban from the channel.
Devoice evasion will result in a ban.
These rules are merely a guideline, and application of your common sense is encouraged. New situations will arise daily. If you are asked by an op to stop doing something, or to change the topic, etc., and you choose not to change your behavior, then this shows to us that you also are choosing to accept whatever consequences may be given to you. Keep in mind that these rules were made to encourage a pleasant, safe and supportive place to chat for everyone. If you don’t like the rules, then don’t come here! Nagging about the rules will not change them.