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DATE : March 20th, 2018

Important Update to Group Support Rooms - CC (Compassion Corner) and SYS (Share Your Stories) :

Two announcements :

1. CC will have two rooms similar to Depression and LGBTQ+/MOGII Teams:

   - New Room: Compassion Corner Support

   - Rebrand: Compassion Corner to Compassion Corner Chat

NOTE:

   *CC Support will be used as a pop-up room and be opened only when there is a 

     scheduled discussion or session to be lead by moderators of the CC team.

   *CC Chat (current CC) will remain open 24/7 as an open-chat.

2. The "Share Your Story" room will be closed.
 


DATE :  March 13th, 2018

Support Team Badges - Update!

Based on your votes, the Support Team Badge will be given to those who lead weekly discussions or sessions in that room.
 


DATE : February 18th, 2018

*Trigger Warning* -- A quick note about the self-harm recovery team badge

I know many of you have noticed that the badge color for the Self-Harm Recovery Team in group support rooms has changed. Changing badge colors is not something we usually do by request and is not something I plan to accomodate again in the future except for very rare and special circumstances.

Because of the large number of team members that expressed concern that the previous color was triggering, the choice was made to change color to the current one. I take responsibility for the oversight and apologize to anyone that may have been triggered by the previous color choice. 

 

Please tag others and spread the word.heart

@Eccho @JaydenIsHere


 

DATE : February 1st, 2018

Emergency Form - Update and Experiment

We're going to try an experiment with the current Emergency Forms. 

I've added another tab to the forms for 'Responses to Emergencies Reported in Rooms.' 

Mods, please try and document when you respond to an emergency that has been reported. Ex: If I post in LSR "A situation is happening in X room. Can a mod come help please?" The idea is that this will make it easier for me or other mods to look back and see if emergencies happened in particular rooms as well as get an idea of who is helping where. This is just an experiment! As I've told many of you before, we all reserve the right to change our minds and nothing is set in stone. 

I'll circle back in a week to see if you thought this was helpful or not. 

Thanks!


 

DATE : January 27th, 2018

Discussion Banner Update

As many of you have already noticed, the requirements and access to the 'Start Discussion' banner have changed. 

Who will now have access to the discussion banner?

Roles:

- Peer Support

- Group Mod

- Chatroom Mentor

- Teen Star

- Teen Chatroom Mentor

- Support Session Leader


*Important*

If you know you currently hold one of the roles above but do not have access to the banner currently, do not panic. Because we are currently working through making sure the right badges are linked to the right title in SC leader boards, you may be missing the banner access. If you go to lead a scheduled discussion this weekend (January 26th-January 28th) and cannot update the banner, simply announce your discussion in the room and proceed with your scheduled agenda. 



DATE : January 25th, 2018

How To Apply For Group Mod: Information on Comm-Centered & Global :

Group Moderator's Role :

A Group Mod's presence informs and provides structure for how the group will go.  People naturally look up to group leaders just as they naturally look up to listeners. This is a good situation and one where a less is more approach is helpful. You are a caring person as you are. You are a good friend. People naturally turn to you for help. Simply be yourself in the group setting and you’ll do a tremendous amount of good.

We want the guest to step into the group and feel safe, validated, understood and to experience emotional relief. We want them to say to themselves “I feel safe here. These people get me. I feel understood! I want to help out and give back.” That is the aim we are going for!

Community Centered Moderator Criteria :

➙ 25+ group chats

➙ 2000+ cheers

➙ 5+ star ratings (with combined total 4 or above)

➙ 3+ written reviews

➙ No behaviour reports in past 3 months

➙  Have Verified Listener and Graduate badge

➙  Been a Listener for at least 4 weeks


NOTE :

*The applicants may pick up to THREE teams to join and focus on the Moderator Role.

*The applicants will be given the option of applying for global moderator after focusing 

  on the chosen teams for at least three months.
 

List-To-Do :

Please review this document to get started and apply for Community Centered Group Mod.

[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1da3V6p-y1s9CnQC0_hNQhCha927txfRGqwjrYmNEm7Q/edit]

Please review this document if you have been a Community Centered Group Mod for at least three months and would like to apply to be a Global Mod. 

[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwMTStm1kD2oClYGOi19viVPf9MU_B-1rbgCTaPkuPAfHSEg/viewform]


When The Applicants' Apply Successful :

Community Centered Mod :

You will be invited to participate in a training session by one of the Mod Leaders or Group Support Quality Mentors.

The Support Team Leaders of the teams you selected to join will also be notified. You will be contacted by them within one week of your original mod training. Leaders will welcome you to the team as well as give you further instructions on additional training you may need to moderator their SC room. For example: If you pick Self-Harm, the SH team leader will give you further information on how to safely moderate discussion on self-harm in the room.  

Once you have received the sub-community-specific training, you will be added to the leader board in that SC. This is what gives you moderation privileges in the corresponding rooms. (Your mod title will only show up in the rooms you are a moderator for. Meaning, you do not receive the Group Mod Badge unless you are global.)

Global Moderators : 

After your application is completed, please allow up to two weeks for review. You will be contacted by Kate, a group mod leader or group support quality mentor to let you know if your application has been approved or what you need to do in the future before reapplying if your application was denied. 

In order to ensure the integrity of the Mod badge we will ask that you aim to send at least 100 group support messages per month. If you do not hit this target, your Group Mod Badge will automatically be removed.

Those who don’t meet the requirements because of self-care breaks will be able to reapply for their badge back without completing the full training if they lost their badge within 2 months. Confused? Check the autoremoval post for the process. 

If it has been more than two months since you lost your badge, you will be asked to complete the full training again. Things change quickly and we want to make sure you are updated and aware of any changes with the moderation system. 


 

DATE : January 3rd, 2018

Dissociative Identity Disorder Support Sessions

Hey everyone! Thank you so much to everyone who has expressed interest in getting involved and leading/writing sessions about DID. This is great and a topic that is of huge importance. I’m excited to see that so many of you are passionate about helping out. The more information we can share about this mental health condition, the more we can all work together to decrease the stigma that is still associated with it.

Forgive me for getting technical for a second-- According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) "Dissociative Identity Disorder is caused by ‘overwhelming experiences, traumatic events, and/or abuse occurring in childhood.’”

Because trauma is the root cause of DID, there has been some confusion as to whether DID as a whole will fall under the Trauma Team or remain in the Support + Team.

Here’s the short answer:

- DID is a huge subject and obviously of interest to a lot of you. Because “most people with DID have a mix of dissociative and posttraumatic symptoms, as well as non-trauma related symptoms,” DID will be part of both the Trauma Community as well as its own team within Support +.

- Support sessions and discussions related to trauma and the cause of DID, will be run through the Trauma Community.

- Support sessions and discussions that are more broad (such as DID and Stigma, DID in Relationships, etc) will be run with the Support + Team.

- If there continues to be a high level of interest and engagement, DID will be considered for being its own subcommunity team in the future.

 For more info on getting involved with the Trauma Subcommunity, please contact @dancingRainbow45.

For more info on getting involved with Support +, please contact @beYOUtywithin.

There are so many topics and subcommunities that need love and attention! Thank you for all your hard work and feedback to ensure we are covering information that meets the community’s needs and interests.  



DATE : December 29th, 2017

New Year Tockify Calendar Reset

Attention Support Team Leaders and Support Session Leaders!!

- Your events on Tockify are set to expire after 12/31/17. You will need to resubmit your scheduled events on or after 1/1/18. 

- Moving forward, we will be wiping Tockify at the end of every quarter so we start every quarter with a clean slate and fresh start. 

- Quarter 1: Jan-March

- Quarter 2: April-June

- Quarter 3: July-Sept

- Quarter 4: Oct-Dec


Please help us make sure that we keep the calendar accurate and that discussions are happening as scheduled. If you or someone on your team cancels a scheduled discussion, please keep the event on the calendar and change the title to include CANCELLED to avoid confusion. 

Let me know if you have questions or feedback about how to handle scheduled discussions and sessions moving forward. 

HASHTAGS:

@Emily619 @Alex @Diandra @Jenna @Helping2findAway @beYOUtywithin @sweetLily41 @SupportiveMonkey46 @vivelespatates@Rose @RideaRainbow @soulsings @PoliteOcean @Probius @LunaHecate @dancingRainbow45 @Eccho @SpunkyMonkey100 @fluffyunicorns84 @kindSoul10 @ASilentObserver @dancingstrawberry34 @erica @erato @PhoenixAsh @KatMae @Isha @Nada @Kara



DATE : December 12th, 2017

Fighting The Holiday Blues and Re-organizing Depression Group Support Rooms

Thanks to everyone who filled out the Adult Group Member Room Survey! We appreciate everyone’s responses and feedback and we want to get started on implementing some of the changes you suggested as soon as possible to help continue to foster the supportive and compassionate community we know and love.

Out of almost 200 responses to the survey, 60 of you had suggested we close a room. Out of those 60, 20 of you had mentioned closing one of the three depression rooms. After reviewing your suggestions and the activity in the rooms, we’ve come up with the following plan:

- As of Tuesday, December 19th, the currently badge-locked Depression Community Room will be closed.

- Depression Support 1 and Depression Support 2 will be renamed to Depression Support and Depression Chat. Both rooms will remain open 24/7, with Depression Support being the designated room for scheduled discussions and Depression Chat being an open lighthearted chat at all times.



DATE : December 8th, 2017

Join A Support Team!  *Updated Info*


What do support teams do?

These teams work together to organise discussions and events in the group support rooms and in the forum. The goal of the teams is to create connection and community within each support topic category. 

Our intention with regular support sessions is to create frequent meeting points for members to come together and share their experiences in a structured way. 


 What are the requirements?

- New: You no longer have to be a Group Mod to co-lead support sessions. If you are not a Group Mod, you may still apply but will need a Mod to co-lead or attend your scheduled sessions. *Support Team Leaders of the team you apply for have the right to approve or deny your application. They have the ultimate say over who can  lead or co-lead discussions within the team.*

- be passionate about your chosen topic

- able to commit to 1 hour per week to lead a support session or event

- a warm heart ♥

 
Which team can I join?

We encourage you to join a team on a topic you feel passionate about!


NOTE :

*You can now join up to three teams. Please ensure you have time to commit to lead 

  weekly discussions for each team you join.

*If your application is successful, you will be contacted by a team leader. You will be 

  asked to sign up for a slot in the discussion schedule before receiving your badge. All 

  support session questions will be provided.

 

You will be successful in this role if you are:

  ✦ familiar with our community guidelines, support forum & chat rooms

  ✦ passionate about supporting people with the relevant topic

  ✦ open-minded and non-judgmental

  ✦ someone who truly cares about people

  ✦ good at working in a team, and being flexible

  ✦ professional at all times

  ✦ intend to play an active part in the community for 2 months

  ✦ can commit to a regular time slot each week
 

You will not be successful in this role if you:

  ✦ are not active in the forum

  ✦ feel overwhelmed in the group support chat room setting

  ✦ don’t think before you speak or act

  ✦ cannot commit to a regular time slot

  ✦ miss scheduled discussions or events 3 times without informing your team leader



DATE : December 4th, 2017

Monday MH Fact 12/4- Factitious Disorder

In honor of a former co-worker, I'd like to highlight a mental health condition few people know about: Factitious Disorder

Factitious Disorder (previously known as Munchausen syndrome) is when someone makes themselves appear sick or self-injures to appear sick. It's not unusual for individuals living with factitious disorder to fake medical tests and results and go to other extreme measures to make it appear that they are ill. People with this mental health condition are often highly intelligent, skilled at manipulation and have a high level of knowledge about the medical system. 

It's interesting to note that " They continue with the deception, even without receiving any visible benefit or reward or when faced with objective evidence that doesn't support their claims." This is different that what the DSM categorizes as 'malingering' which is when an individual fakes an injury for a clear purpose such as legal or monetary benefits. 

Factitious disorder can also be imposed on others (what used to be known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy). Often this is when a caregiver makes the person in their care sicker or more impaired. As with individual Factitious Disorder, caregivers have no obvious incentives or motives for keeping their patient (usually family member) sick.

Spoiler Alert: While not 100% accurate or confirmed, an example of Factitious disorder imposed on others in pop culture is in the book or movie Everything, Everything. 



DATE : December 1st, 2017

Chatroom Rules Reminder

I want to remind everyone of the Chatroom Rules that are located at the bottom of each Group Support Room. I've had some questions lately about what the rules are, so let's review them together. If you have thoughts or feedback on specific rules, please reply to this thread. 

1) Please be kind, supportive and respectful to every participant of the chat at all times. You can view our Rules of Engagement.

2) Please do not use language that is graphic, inappropriate, flirtatious or sexually suggestive. Additionally, refrain from sharing links of this nature. *Use your best judgment on this. Try to be mindful about what is triggering or would potentially make another user uncomfortable. 

3) If you are in a crisis, please visit this page to find the appropriate resource. 7 Cups is not a crisis resource. If you feel a participant is in a crisis, click “Refer” on one of their messages. 

4) If you are overwhelmed, anxious, or do not feel that the group support environment is aiding in your personal healing, please visit our Browse Listeners page to connect with a Listener one-on-one. If you are on your Listener account when feeling this way please switch over to your member account!

5) Please refrain from sharing personal contact details or social media on 7 Cups. This includes your last name, specific details about where you live or work, phone number, email, etc. Sharing other social media info on here is potentially dangerous for you. I could list all the social media platforms this applies to, but really it's safe to assume that any social media other than your 7 Cups profile isn't safe to share. Check this post for more info on internet safety and why off-site contact isn't permitted. 

6) For moderation purposes, please only use English in this space.

7) If you find that another participant is not following one of these rules, please use the mute button to hide their messages from you rather than engaging in conflict of any sort. Confused about the mute system? Check this post. 

8) Please do not share the name of any Listener, Member or Guest that you have had a one-on-one chat with, or any details from these chats. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. 1-1 chats are confidential and establishing that trust with who you connect with is important both to yourself and the integrity of the site. You wouldn't want someone talking about the details of your confidential chat, so please treat others with the same respect. 

9) Please refrain from revealing any other Listener, Member or Guest account that you own other than the one you are currently using. For your safety, please create a separation from your Listener and Member accounts. They serve two different purposes and switching back and forth between them rapidly or revealing details about your other accounts prevents you from using these accounts for their designated purposes. 

10) Please do not share names of drugs or medication with others. What works for you may not work for someone else in the room. Treatment is very personal and individual. On 7 Cups, we do not endorse any specific medication or treatment. These decisions need to be made with a doctor or other health professional, so please refrain from giving other users ideas about what medications or drugs to try. 

11) If you are in the wrong age group, please log out and create an account using your correct date of birth. This one is simple. Teens ages 13-18 must have teen accounts. Over 18 and you can create an adult account. 

12) If you are a listener, please behave professionally at all times. Use your member account if you wish to seek support. Learn more about the role of a listener in group support or listener rooms.

13) Therapists are expected to follow listener guidelines including, but not limited to: refraining from giving advice and remaining professional at all times. Please check out this post on a Therapist’s Role in Group Support.

14) Regular support sessions and events are held in these rooms and will sometimes take priority over general chat. Please be respectful to the leaders and participants. These will last for one hour only. You can check the calendar to see what's on and learn more about discussions in this forum post. If you don't wish to participate in the scheduled discussion, simply move to another room until the discussion is over. 

15) Please refrain from initiating or participating in discussion about religion or politics, other than in our Thinking Space room.

16) Please ensure you do not have a profile picture or username that is graphic, abusive or inappropriate in nature.

17) To ensure a positive environment in group support, all users must be sober to participate. If you are suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol to any degree we will suspend your account immediately for two weeks. In order to listen to another user, you must be sober.

18) Sending SPAM messages or attempting to clog the room by over-posting is not allowed. Meaning sending the same message over and over again.

19) Any attempt to bypass a mute or account ban will be subject to further sanctions. If you've been muted, please respect the system. Please do not create new accounts to try and bypass the mute. If you disagree with the mute you can fill out this form. 

20) Check out our Member FAQ to learn more about Group Support Chat. You can also find a description of each room in this post.

21) Your feedback helps us to improve quality of the support rooms. If you’d like to leave feedback on a discussion or event, please do so here. Users with multiple accounts can be reported in this form. You are permitted ONE listener and ONE member account only. No exceptions. 

22) If there is an emergency in the room and a Moderator is not present to assist, please fill out the emergency form to notify an on-call Moderator. You can find the form for adults here and the teen form here. If you are a listener, you can also go into one of the Listener Rooms to see if a Mod is around. 

23) Please use this form to report discussion or event that does not take place as planned.

24) If you’re a member and would like to lead a support room discussion, please submit this form to request help.

25) Moderators are trained volunteers. Check out what you can expect from a moderator here. Please leave compliments or feedback in the Mod Review Form. Please do not confront moderators in the chat room or disrespect anyone due to their mod badge. Mods are not there to police you and just give out tickets. They are there to help build the community as a whole while also keeping the rooms safe. Please treat them with the same respect you treat all other users. 


DATE : December 1st, 2017
Adult Member Rooms Survey

*ADULTS*

Please take the following survey (I promise it's quick) and help us get more info on what's working and not working with the Adult Group Support Member Rooms. 

[https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/adultmemberrooms]

[https://www.7cups.com/forum/TeensOnlyClub_123/IarasStation_590/TeenGroupSupportMemberRoomSurvey_100880/]


DATE : November 27th, 2017

Monday Mental Health Fact 11/27--Talking about Self-Harm

 

In honor of the fabulous work being done in the new Self-Harm Recovery Subcommunity and Group Support Rooms, I want to discuss a bit about how to talk about self-harm in a safe and effective way.

While discussing self-harm, it's important to be mindful of potential triggers both for yourself and for other users here on 7 Cups. Generally, it's best to avoid specific methods of self-injury as well as graphic details. Speak of self-harm in general terms and refrain from discussing means.

The same goes for talking about suicide attempts or perhaps a loved one who died by suicide. Avoid discussing the specific methods or details. 

But wait... does self-harm itself count as a suicide attempt? While many people who self-harm may indeed be thinking about suicide, it's important to distinguish the difference. The distinguishing factor is in the intent. Those who self-harm are not necessarily doing so because of thoughts of suicide. Many self-harm as a means to cope and attempt to find relief. Those who self-harm do so not to inflict pain, but to relieve pain. 

Self-harm can also become addictive as many people receive a burst of endorphins which provides relief to built up tension. Being aware of this pattern and the addictive cycle that can follow is important in understanding what someone here on 7 Cups may be going through when they disclose thoughts or intents of self-harm. 

Thanks again to those who are helping build up the Self-Harm Recovery Subcommunity!!! \"heart\"



DATE : November 21st, 2017

Monday Mental Health Fact 11/20

Let's talk about OCD. 

Have you ever heard someone say "I'm so OCD about having my room clean." Or "You're so OCD about washing your hands before eating."

Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is so much more than making sure you make your bed every morning or being extra clean. 

According to the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation: 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress.

Most people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that we all have “some OCD."

OCD can look different for everyone. Some people live with what many people call 'Pure O' OCD. Meaning that they experience the obsessive symptoms but not necessarily the compulsions piece. 

There are also many disorders that are related to OCD but defined as seperate mental health conditions according to the DSM-5. Some related conditions include: Hoarding, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors such as Trichotillomania. 
 


DATE : November 19th, 2017

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 11/18

Hey 7 Cups Family,

I want to take a moment today to acknowledge and talk about International Survivors of Suicide Day. International Survivors of Suicide Day (or Survivor Day) recognizes friends and family members who have lost a loved one to suicide. It's important for me to touch on my own connection to this day. Many of you don't know that my father died by suicide less than a year ago. As someone who works in the mental health field, has worked on crisis and suicide hotlines and who has personal mental health experience, it was still a big shock and something I never expected. I believe that adding our voices and our stories helps to open the conversation and let others know that they are not alone. 


What do I mean by Survivors of Suicide?

- Survivors of suicide are family members and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. This is different from Attempt Survivors who have personally attempted suicide in the past.

What resources are available for survivors of suicide? (*US resources. Please add resources in other countries to this thread!*)

- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds events around the country on this day. They are also hosting a 90 minute online program today that includes personal stories and discussion on coping and healing after the loss of a loved one. 

- NAMI Family Support Groups, NAMI Family to Family Education Course and NAMI Homefront for families of Veterans. These programs are free and fun through NAMI Affiliates throughout the country. 

- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available for family and friends to call. You can talk through your own feelings or talk through warning signs if you suspect someone you know may be thinking about suicide. They are available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

- Survivors of Suicide website has a directory of in-person support groups and other resources for family and friends. 

Know of other US resources or resources for survivors of suicide in other countries? Please add below. Let's take a moment to recognize today and keep the conversation going here on 7 Cups. 


DATE : November 13th, 2017

Monday MH Fact 11/13- Learning More About Psychosis
Psychosis is characterized as disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t. Many people describe this as a 'break from reality.' These disruptions are often experienced as hallucinations (seeing, hearing and believing things that aren’t real) or delusions (having strange, persistent thoughts, behaviors and emotions). It can be incredibly frightening and confusing for the person experiencing these symptoms. 

Psychosis affects 3 in 100 people, and usually occurs for the first time between the ages of 15 and 30. Men often develop psychosis 5 to 10 years younger than women. (US Stats)

MYTH: A person with psychotic symptoms is dangerous. 
FACT: People experiencing psychosis may behave strangely, they may hear voices, or see things that don’t exist. They may be frightened and confused or withdrawn. However, it is more likely these people will harm themselves than someone else. It is important to help a person with psychotic symptoms get treatment as quickly as possible.

Early or first-episode psychosis (FEP) refers to when a person first shows signs of beginning to lose contact with reality. 



DATE : November 11th, 2017
 

Weekend Inspiration: Starfish Story

I wanted to share this story with you all to highlight the important work you do here every day. Whether you're a listener, member, group mod, or other leader: you make a difference here. When you respond to someone's post, when you participate in a group discussion, when you heart a comment, you're making a difference in someone's life. 

Remember that every act of kindness- no matter how small- can make a difference.

That's how we can help change the world here on 7 Cups- one person at a time. 


DATE : November 6th, 2017

Monday Mental Health Fact 11/6

 

In the United States, Veterans Day is observed on November 11th (this Saturday). In honor of Veterans Day, here are some mental health facts that relate to military members. 

- According to a 2014 study done by JAMA Psychiatry, around 1 in 4 active duty service members report living with a mental health condition. These conditions include PTSD, depression or Traumatic Brain Injury. The same study found that military members are 15 times more likely to experience PTSD than civilians and the rate of depression to be five times higher thn civilians. 

- The rate of Veterans who die by suicide is disturbingly high. In a study done by the VA, in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans died from suicide each day.

- Veterans in crisis in the US can reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 (press one)


​​​​​​DATE : November 4th, 2017

How Does Muting Work? An Overview.

 

Three different types of mutes

Standard mute

- Three warnings in 6 hours equals a 24 hour mute

- Three more warnings within 6 hours equals another 24 hour mute

- Three more warnings within 6 hours equals a year long mute

Standard Mutes that add together expire after one year

- Ex: If you got muted on November 5th last year and then got muted in January and then got muted today, you’d have a year long mute.

- Ex: If you got muted on November 1, 2016 then muted in January then muted today, you’d be safe because your November 1, 2016 mute will have already expired.

 Instant (Red Flag) mutes (one of these and you’re automatically muted for 24 hours) happen if you receive one of the following warnings:

- Spam

- Circumventing Previous Mute

- Under The Influence 

Personal mute

If someone is being hurtful towards you, click mute/report in their message. You can personally mute them in this way, which means you will not be able to see anything they type. Additionally, you can file a report on the person.

 What happens if I get muted?

A first or second mute will last for 24 hours. After this time, you will be able to use the chat rooms again as usual. A third mute will last for 1 year. If you receive a third mute and believe this was in error, you can request an mute review here.

 Clear? Kind of clear? What ideas do you have to improve upon the process if we were to change anything?



DATE : October 30th, 2017

Monday Mental Health Fact 10/30

 

Do you know the difference between schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder? Many times the symptoms of these two mental health conditions get confused or even portrayed incorrectly in TV shows and movies. 

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is characterized by positive symptoms and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms include hallucinations and delusions, while negative symptoms often include being emotionally flat or speaking in a dull, disconnected way. People with the negative symptoms may be unable to start or follow through with activities, show little interest in life, or sustain relationships. Negative symptoms are sometimes confused with clinical depression.

DID: Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, this disorder is characterized by alternating between multiple identities. A person may feel like one or more voices are trying to take control in their head. Often these identities may have unique names, characteristics, mannerisms and voices. People with DID will experience gaps in memory of every day events, personal information and trauma.

Info thanks to www.nami.org and sardaa.org 


DATE : October 24th, 2017

Emergency Form Update 10/23

 

Important announcement!!

Due to high volume of reports, we now require all emergency form submissions include your 7 Cups username. Any report submitted without a name, will not be responded to. 

 

We receive a lot of feedback that the current emergency form system is problematic, so this is one remedy we will be trying out. Thank you all so much for your contiued patience as we experiement to find the best solution and make 7 Cups the safest and most positive community it can be. All feedback welcome. \"smiley\"


DATE : October 23rd, 2017

Monday Mental Health Fact 10/23

Did you know?
There is a difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II.
Bipolar I is characterized by at least one episode of mania. Most people diagnosed with bipolar I will have manic and depressive episodes, though an episode of depression is not necessary for a diagnosis.
Bipolar II is characterized by depressive episodes shifting back and forth with hypomanic episodes, but never a “full” manic episode.

 
 

 

DATE : October 16th, 2017

New! Kate's Monday Mental Health Fact

 

Introducing Kate's Monday Mental Health Fact!

Every Monday I'll post a mental health fact here. Maybe it's something you already know and can expand upon or maybe it's something new to learn. Let's see if we can get a conversation going or if there is interest maybe we can expand and do a special topic group support discussion. 

Today's Monday Mental Health Fact: Did you know that Marsha Linehan is the developer of DBT? Dialectical behavior therapy was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Over time, DBT has been adapted to treat people with multiple different mental illnesses, but most people who are treated with DBT have BPD as a primary diagnosis and is considered the 'gold standard' treatment for people living with BPD. 



DATE : October 12th, 2017

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