The Skype Support Initiative – Mission statement and members.

There are times when speaking to someone who has been where you are and come through the other side is a hugely rewarding activity.  Often my illness prompts the desire for seclusion.  This prompt is in and of itself an indication that I need to reach out to someone, anyone.  Where I currently live, there isn’t a local support group for mental illness.  It occurred to me whilst thinking about this deficit that a whole host of other sufferers may be equally disadvantaged.

 

The Skype Support Initiative is my way of kick starting a world-wide support network full of people who understand the most (i.e sufferers).  The system will be simple – whenever my Skype account is online : I am available to speak to you if you need support.  Over time I hope to develop a large Peer to Peer support network with specific points of contact relevant to individual mental illnesses.

 

This is an opt-in, no limits or minimum hours support network.  If you can sit your skype account on idle for an hour a day, ten minutes a week, once a month – even if no one contacts you, you have made support available.

 

Get Skype: www.skype.com

 

******** PLEASE NOTE********

WE ARE NOT A SUICIDE SUPPORT NETWORK.  CONCERNS ABOUT SUICIDAL IDEATION E.T.C SHOULD BE COMMUNICATED TO YOUR LOCAL SUICIDE HOTLINE/MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

Here is a link to a list of SUICIDE HOTLINES:  http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

UNDIAGNOSED ILLNESS / GENERAL MENTAL WELLBEING

drheckleandmrjibe (http://www.thebipolarbum.com) – TEXT CHAT ONLY

aeramoure (http://notsocrazytalk.wordpress.com/)

dysthymia.bree (http://dysthymiabree.com/)

huginthug (http://www.nodustollens.wordpress.com)

neverbenormalagain (http://neverbenormalagain.wordpress.com/)

marieangele.abanga (http://marieabanga.com/)

dooomcore (http://doomcor.wordpress.com)

huda.syyed (http://thingsfeelthisway.wordpress.com/)

theresa.reed15 (http://theresareed15.wordpress.com)

rukshana.mahamood (http://musingsfromsleepyhollow.wordpress.com)

[your name here]

 

BIPOLAR

drheckleandmrjibe (http://www.thebipolarbum.com) – TEXT CHAT ONLY

aeramoure (http://notsocrazytalk.wordpress.com/)

huginthug (http://www.nodustollens.wordpress.com)

dooomcore (http://doomcor.wordpress.com)

huda.syyed (http://thingsfeelthisway.wordpress.com/)

[your name here]

 

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

[your name here]

 

MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER

drheckleandmrjibe (http://www.thebipolarbum.com) – TEXT CHAT ONLY

aeramoure (http://notsocrazytalk.wordpress.com/)

dysthymia.bree (http://dysthymiabree.com/)

huginthug (http://www.nodustollens.wordpress.com)

TheRootOfAnger(http://therootofanger.wordpress.com/) – TEXT CHAT ONLY

dooomcore (http://doomcor.wordpress.com)

theresa.reed15 (http://theresareed15.wordpress.com)

[your name here]

 

SCHIZOPHRENIA

neverbenormalagain (http://http://neverbenormalagain.wordpress.com/)

theresa.reed15 (http://theresareed15.wordpress.com)

[your name here]

 

EATING DISORDERS

huginthug (http://www.nodustollens.wordpress.com)

[your name here]

 

ANXIETY DISORDERS

dysthymia.bree (http://dysthymiabree.com/)

marieangele.abanga (http://marieabanga.com/)

TheRootOfAnger(http://therootofanger.wordpress.com/) – TEXT CHAT ONLY

huda.syyed (http://thingsfeelthisway.wordpress.com/)

[your name here]

 

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

TheRootOfAnger(http://therootofanger.wordpress.com/) – TEXT CHAT ONLY

dooomcore (http://doomcor.wordpress.com)

[your name here]

 

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

huda.syyed (http://thingsfeelthisway.wordpress.com/)

[your name here]

 

Should any of you wish to have your name added to the support network then please comment below and leave your skype username as well as the specific field you’d like to offer support in.

 

I really hope some of you get on board with this.  This is a way to provide very real support to each other and possibly help each other avoid negative outcomes.

 

All the best,

H&J

http://www.thebipolarbum.com

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33 thoughts on “The Skype Support Initiative – Mission statement and members.

  1. notsocrazytalk

    Sign me up!

    skype name :aeramoure

    for… undiagnosed/general. bipolar, and major depression

    since those are the ones I can relate to the most.

    What you’re doing is super cool and I hope this goes well!

  2. Sign me up, too! I’m not a huge Skype user, but who knows? Perhaps I will become one. My Skype handle is dysthymia.bree
    Pop me under “General Mental Wellbeing” and perhaps “Major Depressive Disorder” and “Anxiety Disorders” as well.
    Good on you, H&J!

  3. Hello! Thanks for contacting me. I’d love to participate.

    Skype: huginthug (I made that when I was fourteen…)
    You can sign me up for General, Bipolar, Depression, and Eating Disorder

    Lovely idea!

    – Deirdre

  4. Hi I think that this is a fantastic idea. I spent last night trawling the internet in search on an online instant chat room that could help me cope with late-night paranoia induced by psychosis. So I suppose I would come under undiagnosed or schizophrenia. neverbenormalagain is my Skype.

  5. Reblogged this on neverbenormalagain and commented:
    I urge everyone to share this and sign up if you care to. An excellent idea for a peer support initiative.

  6. Please sign me up for undiagnosed/mental well being and anxiety and my skype handle is marieangele.abanga 🙂

  7. I’d like to open up a discussion here, reply to this post if you would please.

    I’ve been contacted by someone who’s computer cannot run Skype. He’s asked if we want to expand this system to include Google Hangouts. I’ve never used GH so I’m wondering what kind of experiences everyone has had? I always err on the side of keeping things simple, but if we could be helping others who can’t/don’t use Skype – should we give it a go?

    Answers on a postcard 😉

    All the best,
    H&J

    • Username: huda.syyed

      Put me down for undiagnosed, anxiety, bipolar and maybe even OCD if there is a category like that ever separately created.
      Also, this is a great initiative, creative and helpful.
      Thank you.

    • Never heard of it before.. but if it is text based rather than video it might be easier for me, depending on which categories he’s interested in. I’m learning Skype but I’m still all thumbs.. then again.. I wouldn’t be logged into it all the time like I am Skype so odds are I wouldn’t be there, even if I set up an account, which wouldn’t be good

  8. What a beautiful idea! I only wish I could get my son to Skype one of you. He is bi-polar, with fibromyalgia and possibly chronic fatigue. He tends to self medicate, to the point of unconsciousness. He is currently coming off of high doses of Xanax and is having a tough time. Recently he went on a drinking binge. I’m trying to convince him to enter rehab, but so far he has refused. I believe following your site will be beneficial. Thanks for being there!

    • Hello and thanks for taking the time to write these kind words.

      I used to drink, A LOT. I was self-medicating most of the time without realising and, like your son, I would often end up suddenly unconscious. I’ve heard Xanax withdrawals are a NIGHTMARE so I don’t envy him right now.

      From my personal experience I can give you a nugget of truth to take to your son – Bipolarity is a life threatening illness, it is as simple as that.

      It is also VERY treatment-responsive as far as these kinds of illnesses go. With the right meds, he could be as short as 4-6 weeks away from being asymptomatic. He could be months or years away from having the balance of meds perfect but he’ll never know unless he tries.

      This thing will end up hurting him and it is DEFINITELY manageable with proper medication and turning that self awareness onto your thoughts.

      My cousin used to say of people trying to lose weight that they ‘hit the bottom’ then they have the incentive to make a change. ‘hitting the bottom’ when you’ve got an illness like bipolar can be lethal, so tell him he can’t afford to wait for that to happen.

      If you can get him to email me through the contact form at http://www.thebipolarbum.com – I’ll talk to him without any judgement. I’ll just tell him what my experience has been.

      All the best,
      H&J

      • Thank you for your response. It is nice of you to offer to speak to him via your page. I will keep trying to get him to talk to someone. It’s hard, he doesn’t want any help from his mom. But I keep pushing him to talk with others who have been where he is now. I know how much talking to others can help. I’ve had the help, and insurance, so I’ve had proper anti depressants, and never had an addiction; therefore, I don’t have the right background to help him myself. At least that’s the way he seems to see it. He has at least finally joined an online fibromyalgia support group, so maybe he will try yours. I’ll give him the address and cross my fingers.

  9. this is phenomenal.

    i have thought of starting something like this myself.

    thank you so much for starting this, h&j!

    i would love to be a part of this. undiagnosed, post-traumatic stress, depression, and bipolar.

    i am dooomcore (three Os) on skype, and doomcor.wordpress.com

  10. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I’m quite certain I will learn a lot of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  11. I am theresa.reed15 on Skype. I would be willing to talk about undiagnosed illness/general wellbeing, schizophrenia, and major depression

  12. I’d pitch in too. Skype ID is rukshana.mahamood

  13. Rukshana, you may want to list country as when I went to put your skype ID in it came up with two, one for India and one for the US. I asked to make the contact of them both since I wasn’t sure which one was you. I’m not sure why it brings up two when a Skype ID should just bring up one, but thought you should know.

  14. Reblogged this on Always we begin again… and commented:
    Here is a support network for people who aren’t in crisis [yet] but need someone to talk to.

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