Welcome to the Heal My PTSD Forum. We're so glad you're here.
In order to create a secure, positive, nurturing, safe and supportive environment for all members it's important we each agree to some fundamental rules. We are all in this together, which means we create the atmosphere in this forum together, too.
Please read the guidelines below, behave in alignment with them and register complaints when you observe others not operating within the scope of this agreement. As soon as problems are brought to our attention, the Admin team will take swift and immediate action.
The Heal My PTSD Forum is designed to create a space where those working toward overcoming PTSD can feel completely comfortable sharing thoughts, experiences, ideas and questions. I'm kicking off the list of guidelines with the ideas below, please feel free to add your ideas as comments.
In order to build a constructive healing space we all agree to follow these guidelines.
√ Willing to read about others' experiences
√ Non-argumentative and non-combative
√ Positive, nurturing and proactive in offering thoughts
√ Helpful and resourceful
√ Kind and empathetic
√ Willing to be supportive
In addition to the above listed bylines please understand:
1 - We have a zero tolerance policy for trolling and any other abuse of individuals or posts.
2 - Refrain from telling someone what their PTSD or recovery experience is or can be. While there are many universal elements and similarities everyone remains individual so experiences vary; what is true for one person may or may not be true for others. Stick to science and objective (PTSD) facts rather than telling someone what you think is, can, will or should be their PTSD or healing experience.
When reaching out, refrain from direct advice and instructions on what someone should or shouldn’t do. Try to share your experience or thoughts in a way that allows other points of view.
3 - Make suggestions and offer your experience as examples but refrain from diagnosis. This is a survivor community not a professional forum.
4 - Feel free to post resources you feel will be useful and directly correspond to the subjects of posts. Refrain from self-serving marketing and promotion. Soliciting funds for any purpose is outside the guidelines of this forum.
5 - Feel free to talk about spirituality, but please refrain from evangelism or telling someone else what they should believe.
6 - This forum is not meant for any political or religious debates. Any posts and comments of a political nature will be removed. Please have in mind that this is an international community, for people from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, sex, political or religious views and practices. In order to make everyone feel welcome, we need the atmosphere of respect and tolerance with regard to our differences.
7 - Refrain from use of offensive language and curse words, even asterisked ones. The admin team will edit any posts or replies containing offensive language without notifying the person who posted it.
8 - Please keep your replies to other people's posts at a manageable length. While relating to other's experiences by sharing our own can provide very helpful context, a very long reply, sharing your own story is likely to distract from the original poster's message, particularly if they are struggling and needing some comfort and support.
9 - This forum is a CONFIDENTIAL space. By engaging here you are agreeing to hold all that you read in this forum in PRIVATE. You will not copy any of the material here or paste it anywhere outside of this forum. Nor will you share what you read here with outside sources or third parties.
10 - Any and all issues, disagreements or other disturbances about how the forum is run should be PRIVATELY shared with the Admin team. Posts containing these types of subjects will be deleted.
11 - PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who does not abide by these guidelines forfeits the right to be a part of this community and will be immediately eliminated from the group at the discretion of the administrator(s).
Lastly, please be aware:
Posts may contain material that some find triggering. Replies may also include material that some find triggerring. Users of this forum acknowledge this and do so with awareness that no one else could know what might be a trigger for them or any other anonymous user. Be prepared and have a plan for self-protection so that you have ways to quell any reaction.
We want to create a safe space where people are able to share their experiences. We know this can involve topics and material that is triggering of others. We want to encourage people to share whatever they feel is appropriate and also ask that material not be exceedingly explicit or gratuitous.
Thank you all for helping us create a space where it's okay to be who you are while you work toward becoming who you most want to be.