Almost all posts to this community will be "friends-only," but I am starting with an open post to explain the purpose of this community beyond what shows on the userinfo/profile page.
This community is created in memory of Krystle Lynn Babin, 1985-2006, but it is not intended to discuss Krystle herself; there is another community, for_krystle
, for that purpose.
The purpose of this community is to connect people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts with peer-mentors who are willing to walk beside them as friends, not as professional counselors, who are willing to make a commitment of time to them, to help them to get through the times when it feels like they just can't go on.( how this should workCollapse )
What this community is not:
-A place to get professional counseling/therapy. What we're talking about here is peer support, friendship and understanding. Peer mentoring is not a substitute for psychiatric/psychological help.
-A place to make romantic/sexual connections with anyone. Even if one doesn't set out to be a predator, it's easy to become romantically/sexually drawn to a person one befriends. This isn't a judgment, and I'm not throwing any stones, because I know better than to condemn anyone for having a strong emotional response. However, it is a warning. We can't monitor your instant messaging or telephone conversations, but if I get a complaint from anyone (yes, even if you deny it), or I even get a "vibe" that anyone is here looking for romance/sex, whether in the form of cybersex/phone sex or making plans to meet in person for sexual purposes - you're outta here.