7 Tips for Making the Most of Online Support GroupsOnline support groups can be a great source of emotional support and valuable health information you won’t find on any website from the National Institute of Mental Health …

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7 Tips for Making the Most of Online Support Groups

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  1. I would love to use this website to better myself.I simply have no idea how to navigate within it.HELP

  2. Hello treesa,
    If you wished to participate in the community area you might choose to start by making an introductory post, here: http://forums.psychcentral.com/forumdisplay.php?f=40

    Most likely, you would share a bit of personal (yet anonymous) background as related to any specific concerns you have. Other people might respond and point you in the direction of the discussion areas that best address those concerns.

    It’s possible however that you have already identified the discussion area that best matches your experience. For example, you may have been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder so you might choose to make an introductory post there. Chances are good that others will respond and in turn, you can respond to others. You’ll get to know them and they’ll get to know you. Ideally, some good information will be shared and you might even find yourself forming some online friendships.

    If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the multiple areas you might find it helpful to hang out in just one discussion area for a while. As you become comfortable and proficient interacting in that area you can branch into other areas of the site.

    With more experience you might choose make use of other features such as photo albums, social groups, or chat sessions. Don’t overlook some of the “fun” areas of the site such as the games area. They can also be a good way of getting to know others and taking a bit of a break from any heavier problems that are weighing you down.

    Should you have any concerns or need help navigating the site, you can always return to the new member area and ask for some assistance. As an alternative, each discussion area has assigned moderators who seem to be quite approachable. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you’ll see a list of mods for that area. Clicking on their names will allow you to send them a private message.

    Naturally, before you could do any of the above you would first need to register with the site with a unique user name and password.

    Hopefully, that will be enough to get you started.

    ~ Namaste

  3. Hi,

    I wanted to say how the above 2 comments are a clear example of how some sites can offer support and encouragement, and what a lovely gesture from Namaste.

    Thank you to you both for sharing and take care.

    Dawn Pugh

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